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Chicken and Beef Brunswick Stew Recipe

Festivals in North Carolina wouldn't be the same without this popular stew. A thick hearty blend of meats, vegetables and seasonings in a savory tomato-based broth, it's a special main dish for a crowd.—Judi Brinegar, Liberty, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:25-30 servings


  • 4 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1-3/4 cups ketchup
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cut green beans
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen butter beans
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn
  • 6 cups hot mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)


  • 1. In a large stockpot, saute onions in butter until tender. Add chicken and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • 2. Remove chicken; when cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones. Discard bones and dice meat. Skim fat from broth; return chicken to broth.
  • 3. Stir in the next 14 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Stir in potatoes; heat through. Yield: about 8 quarts (25-30 servings).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 244 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.