Black Bean & Sweet Pepper Stew

This didn't appear to be a hit with my meat-and-potatoes-lovin' fella, but I absolutely love it!

2 tb olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 tb chopped garlic
1/2 c diced celery
1/2 c diced carrot
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 or 2 tsp minced jalapeno pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 x 28-oz can plum tomatoes (& juice), coarsely chopped
1 x 14-oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1/4 c red wine
2 tb chopped parsley
2 tb lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
3 oz sliced cheddar

Set oven to 350F to preheat.

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes
Add celery and carrot; cook 3 to 5 minutes.
Add peppers, cumin and chili powder; cook 1 minute.
Add tomatoes and juice; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
Add beans, wine, parsley, lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes.
Transfer to three-litre baking dish and top with cheddar.

Cornbread Topping:
1/3 c cornmeal
1/3 c flour
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c milk
1 tsp minced jalapeno
2 tb melted butter

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

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