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Cowgirl Stew Recipe

Cowgirl Stew

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"Hearty and easy-perfect for the cowgirl (or cowboy) in all of us! Can also be made in a slow cooker."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Crumble ground beef into the pot; cook and stir until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add water, corn, tomatoes, ranch-style beans, potatoes, onion, green bell pepper, celery, chili powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to the beef; stir. Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook at a simmer until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2012

This is a very hearty stew. I didn't have ranch-style beans so substituted a 6 bean blend. I also cut the meat down to 1 lb. but kept everything else the same and it still makes lots.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 01, 2015

definately missing some spices, can't say what, but it was somewhat bland.

Jun 02, 2012

Simple and so delicious, i did spice it up abit more with chopped jalapeno.

Feb 02, 2013

My husband devoured this, it's one of the best stews I've ever made. A definite keeper.

Sep 25, 2012

Cowgirl Stew Haiku: "Yee-haw this was great! I just love Ranch-style beans! (I used the crockpot.") The only minor adjustments I made were reducing the ground beef to 1 lb. and the potatoes, and adding a handful of chopped carrots too. Oh, and the recipe didn't specify what type of canned tomatoes, so I went w/ stewed, which worked out well b/c my young daughter thought this was amazing, so long as I scooped out the larger chunks of tomato, which was easier that way. Dumped everything in the crockpot b4 work, and wow, was my nose assaulted w/ the most awesomest of aromas when I returned home. Can't wait to make this in a larger batch to freeze for chillier winter nights.

Apr 10, 2013

this is awesome! Thank you! From reading the rest of the reviews I decided I'd try just a pound of beef instead of 2 and it worked out great. It just depends on how much beef you'd like per spoonful :) I also added a 15 oz can of black beans because I love them and they were a nice addition, a whole diced jalapeno pepper, and about 3 times as much sugar as the recipe calls for - I personally like beef stews/chilis to be a little sweet. Because I added some things, I added two cups of water to the recipe as well. I probably ended up using about a tablespoon and a half of salt. It's great with a shredded cheddar blend sprinkled over it, and some avocado slices! And it ended up being enough to feed me for a few days, and to share!

Jan 03, 2013

I cooked it in slow cooker. The smell reminded me of soup my mom would make when I was a kid. We called it her kitchen sink soup, as she would take leftovers and make a soup. Will make again but cut the meat down to 1 lb. It was to much for just my husband and myself.

Mar 23, 2014

This is a wonderful recipe that lends plenty of leeway for someone to gussy it up to suit their own tastes! Someone asked what Ranch Style Beans are. They are actually a brand of beans. Pinto beans in a sauce. You might google to see if there are copy-cat recipes, should you wish to make your own, or if you just want an idea to see what goes in them. There may be similar brands of beans that could substitute should you not be able to find them. Walmart does carry this brand, so you may want to check with them.


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  • Calories
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 12 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 18.7 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 327 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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