Beef 'n' Bean Starter Recipe

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Nancy Ware of Enon, Ohio uses her slow cooker to prepare this hearty beef and bean mixture, then divides it into two freezer bags. When you're racing against the clock, pull a bag of starter from the freezer to fix Beef 'n' Bean Tortellini Soup or Beef 'n' Bean Chili (also found in Recipe Finder).
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 78 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until beef is tender. Cool.
  2. Transfer 4 cups to each of two freezer bags or freezer-safe containers. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Yield: 8 cups.
Originally published as Beef 'N' Bean Starter in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p38

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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southerngourmet User ID: 3950346 34163
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"Great tasting, convenient make ahead. Compliments everytime I take it to someone."

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