Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cowboy Stew, Y'all!

Hey there! Today I'm talking about a special recipe my grandmother gave me when I got married. You see, she knew we would need something that wasn't too expensive to make and would last a few days. When we first got married, I still had one semester left in college, Hubby had a couple of years in college left, I was jobless in the middle of the recession, and Hubby only had a part time job making $400 a month. Yep, I said a month. Let's just say those were hard times, and we are sooooo much better now! Anyways, my grandmother knew just how to help us.

Cowboy Stew via @cupcake_n_bake #beef #dinner #recipe
When my grandmother first wrote this recipe on a 4x6 index card, she called it "My One Skillet Meal". Hubby didn't like that name, so he started calling it Cowboy Stew. Apparently, it reminds him of the wild west. I thought it was cute, so I started calling it that, too. 

 Cowboy Stew via @cupcake_n_bake #beef #dinner #recipe

So, I didn't take step-by-step pictures, because, well, that would have been a lot of pictures, but I did take a few to show you the progression of the coloring. It will start out that red tomato-y color you see above.

 Cowboy Stew via @cupcake_n_bake #beef #dinner #recipe

After a little while, it will slowly cook down to a brownish red. There will also be less juice. Eventually, it will turn a brownish color like the first picture. Again, the juice will cook down. If you want more juice, though, you can always add more water.

 Cowboy Stew via @cupcake_n_bake #beef #dinner #recipe

We love to pair the stew with cornbread (no sugar, y'all, as sugar makes cake!) Rolls go well with it also. 

Personally, I like a piece of cornbread on the side, and a piece crumbled up in the stew. I don't know why, but it helps to sop up the juice. Yeah, I said sop, I'm from Alabama, so don't blame me:)

 Cowboy Stew via @cupcake_n_bake  #beef #dinner #recipe

We don't eat Cowboy Stew as much as we did that first year, but it still hold a special place in our hearts. Plus, it means I only have to cook like 3 times a week. That's what I call awesome!

I'd love to hear what you think!

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Cowboy Stew

by Renea Hand
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: approx 30 minutes
Keywords: saute entree soup/stew beef American fall winter
Ingredients (serves 6-8)
  • 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 15oz. cans of Luck's Pinto Beans with Pork (brand optional)
  • 1 Pinto Bean can of water
  • 1 14oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of macaroni elbows
  • 2-4 tblsp of hot sauce (optional)
In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onions just until done.
(Optional) Drain grease of pan.
Salt and Pepper ground beef to taste.
Add 2 cans of pinto beans and water to the ground beef. Stir.
Add the tomato sauce to the pinto bean/ ground beef mixture, and stir until well mixed.
Bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes.
Add the macaroni elbows to the mixture, and simmer until it is tender, stirring occasionally as needed.
Add hot sauce and extra water if desired.
Serve with cornbread, rolls, crackers, or bread.
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