Ranch Stew Recipe
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Ranch Stew Recipe

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My husband, our five children and I have enjoyed this easy-to-make stew for years. We especially love the dumplings. Our bachelor son even makes it for himself! - Margaret Froehling, Wood Dale, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/3 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 508 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 1069mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 9g fiber), 32g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, corn and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine biscuit mix and milk just until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering stew. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering). Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ranch Stew in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p134

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lbroadh2o User ID: 7201056 34064
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"This is quick. However, without the modifications I made I feel it would be bland. I added some onion, garlic, and a very small amount of sugar when cooking the meat. I also sprinkled some cheese on top."

ndh823 User ID: 6678148 203928
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"This stew is like magic to me! So quick and easy and so hearty. A great fall/winter meal. I did find that I wanted it to be a little more flavorful, so I used a can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (instead of just regular diced tomatoes) and added 1 beef bouillon OR 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules. It came out so good! Also, note that all the canned ingredients should be UN-drained. The entire contents of the cans get poured into the stew, so I make sure I buy them without preservatives or additives."

ka_pyne User ID: 4676105 83776
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"this has no flavor what so ever I highly suggest that if you make this to alter it completely."

riviera93 User ID: 1975209 83709
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"tasty, easy, quick, ingredients on hand"

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