Acorn Squash Stew

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 large tomatoes peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium acorn squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pinto beans, cooked or canned
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) package pita bread

In a large heavy- bottomed pot, heat olive oil and saute the onion for a few minutes. Add the cinnamon and chili powder and continue to saute for another 2 minutes. Mix in the garlic and cumin seeds, saute for 2 minutes more before adding lemon juice and the tomatoes. Mix thoroughly so the stew doesn't get too chunky. Stir the squash, pinto beans and water into the stew. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the stew simmer for 1 hour, or until squash is tender. Stirring occasionally throughout the cooking hour, and add more water if necessary. The finished stew should have a nice, thick stewy texture. 

Heat a large skillet over a medium- high heat. Place one piece of pita bread at a time into the skillet. When one side of the pita bread gets hot, flip the bread over and heat the other side; approximately 1 minute of cooking per side. Serve the stew with the heated pita bread.