Pam Crooks’s COWBOY STEW!

I’ve made this recipe so many times while the girls were growing up, I can just about type it out for you from memory.   It’s great comfort food for a cold day.  Just put it in the crockpot and let it slow-cook all afternoon!


4 medium potatoes, slicedpotatoes-carrots-onions

4 large carrots, sliced

1 green pepper, cut in strips

3 stalks celery, sliced

1 medium onion, sliced in rings

Arrange in crockpot in layers, beginning with potatoes.   Salt and pepper each layer.

Pour one 8 oz. can of tomato sauce on top.   Then combine:

1 lb. hamburger

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 slice bread, crumbled

Salt and pepper

Mix well.  Press into a circle over vegetables to form a cover.  Pour another 8 oz. can of tomato sauce on top.  Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. oregano leaves.

May also be baked in 350 degree oven for one hour or until vegetables are tender.

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15 thoughts on “Pam Crooks’s COWBOY STEW!”

  1. Jenny, so glad you found us. Welcome to Wildflower Junction!

    Big wave to Melinda and Vicki! It got down into the 30s here in Nebraska last night, so this stew sounds good to me, too. A real tummy warmer, and oh, so easy.

    Whoever invented crockpots deserves a big gold star planted on their forehead.

  2. I’m saving all the recipes from this week. Most look great for fall and winter meals. We eat soup at least a couple of times a weak all fall and winter. I’m making split pea for my critique group this week.

  3. Cheryl, this recipe was in RAH’s teal blue cookbook that Ginny M. pulled together all those years ago. Do you still have it? I still have mine and use it, too!

    I always liked that chicken and Stove Top stuffing recipe of yours.

  4. Pam, this sounds like something wonderful to have on a cold wintery day. Bet it makes the whole house smell good. I just have one question. What size can of tomato sauce do you use?

  5. Yum, Pam. Once it turns fall here (Sept-Oct. seem to be our hottest months around here in SoCal) I’ll get right on this! My hubby’s the chef around here so when it’s up to me, I simplify, simplify! I can already smell and taste this. oxoxox

  6. I use my crock pot a lot and this sounds like a great recipe. I live in Minnesota, where we have frost warnings for tonight. It just seems too soon for that. Thanks for the new recipe.

  7. I don’t have many crockpot recipes. This one sounds great. We all like stew and with the cooler weather, it will be perfect.

  8. This even sounds like a good recipe to use in Dutch ovens. My husband takes boys on campouts and cooks in dutch ovens.
    I love collecting recipes and trying them.

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