Bumblebee stew is a chowder-style recipe that consists of black beans and corn. The dish can also include onions and chicken broth or bacon for flavoring, though the dish can also be vegetarian.
The dish is often seasoned with chili powder, oregano, and salt and pepper. The bacon and garlic is added to a skillet and browned, and half the bacon is reserved to sprinkle on top of the chowder as garnish. Bacon fat is used to cook the garlic, then broth is added. The black beans for the stew can be mashed to make the chowder thicker. Bumblebee stew is served warm and can be eaten with rice.