Guests will take one bite of this savory stew and immediately know something is different. And they'll never guess the secret ingredient is beer! Serve this with a loaf of freshly-baked bread and everyone will be happy.
"I lead a busy life, so I'm always trying to come up with time-saving recipes," relates Vickie Gibson of Gardendale, Alabama. "This zippy and colorful soup is one of my husband's favorites. It has been a hit at family gatherings, too."
Here is a variation of a beef stew that I came across. With sweet flavor from apricots and squash, we think it has South American or Cuban flair. The addition of corn makes it even more hearty.
—Ruth Rodriguez of Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Some say you can have your cake and eat it, too...I say eat your chili and the bowl, too! I work the "graveyard shift" at the post office in Portland. During those hours, there is no place to buy meals, so I often bring in dishes like this chili to share with co-workers.
"This tender roast is one of my favorite fix-and-forget meals," says Jan Roat of Red Lodge, Montana. "I thicken the juices with a little flour and add ketchup, then serve the sauce and beef slices over pasta."
Tender cubes of beef are treated to a burgundy wine sauce and savory vegetables in Sherri Mott's robust entree. "I made this often when I worked full-time," she writes from New Carlisle, Indiana. "It's good over noodles or mashed potatoes."
Pork sausage, ground beef and plenty of beans make this chili a hearty meal-starter. I keep the versatile mixture in serving-size containers in my freezer at all times. I can quickly warm up bowls of it on cold—or use it to fix chili dogs, chili tacos and more.
This is a favorite because I can flour and season the steaks and refrigerate them the night before. The next morning, I put the ingredients in the slow cooker, and the dish is ready when I come home from work.—Sarah Burks, Wathena, Kansas
Served over noodles, this fantastic supper from Cheryl Sindergard showcases tender chunks of savory beef stew meat. The Plover, Iowa cook uses canned soups and onion soup mix to make the mouthwatering gravy. With a green salad and crusty bread, dinner is complete.&$151;Cheryl Sindergard, Plover, Iowa
These hearty meat loaf sandwiches are great for potluck dinners. Served on hamburger buns, the beefy patties get extra flavor when topped with the seasoned tomato sauce. —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan