Fall’s on the way, so it’s time for some good recipes to fix on those cool evenings. I’m thrilled to find recipes that are EASY, QUICK, and GOOD. Have you ever noticed how many times cowboys in films and books sit down to a hearty bowl of stew?
Growing up, my mom made a lot of vegetable soup, but never made stew. I don’t know why, because I have seen my dad eat stew elsewhere, but for some reason, Mom just never did make it. I learned to make it because my husband mentioned he’d like some. My early attempts were not the best. BUT…I found those wonderful McCormick Beef Stew seasoning packages with directions on the back and voila—I was suddenly a gourmet stew-maker!
I found this recipe the other day, and boy, does it look great! It’s different from my usual recipe, but looks fabulously tasty. I will be going to the store this weekend for what I DON’T have, but many of the ingredients are every-day items we all probably have on hand in our pantry.
TEXAS COWBOY STEW from “Cooking Professionally” website
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 packages kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans of peeled and diced tomatoes, drained
- 4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 (15-ounce) cans of pinto beans, with liquid
- 1 (15.2-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile pepper, with liquid
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
- 4 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
In a dutch oven, sauteé the onion over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until there’s visibly no pink left. Add sliced sausage.
Pour in both the diced tomatoes & tomatoes with chiles, pinto beans, potatoes, corn, and veggies. Stir everything until well mixed, then add spices.
Add the water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for one hour.
Serve with your favorite cornbread recipe!
(Recipe and photo credit to Cooking Professionally)
Do you like stew? If so, what’s your favorite recipe for stew? What do you like to eat with it?