Southwest Beef Stew Recipe
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Southwest Beef Stew Recipe

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Add your family's favorite picante sauce to ground beef, black beans and corn, then watch how quickly they empty their bowls. This mixture freezes well, so I keep a batch on hand for quick nutritious meals. —Janet Brannan of Sidney, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 344 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 847mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, corn, beans, picante sauce, water, cumin, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until corn is tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Beef Stew in Light & Tasty February/March 2002, p39

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 99701
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"I used 1 lb ground beef , 1 can cream of corn, omitted the salt and pepper. Didn't change anything else. Next time I'll use regular corn."

jillanglemyer User ID: 2065875 59300
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"My daughters give this two thumbs up and I would have given it 5 stars, but there were no stars with which to rate it. :) It was easy and very tasty and I had all of the ingredients except for picante sauce. I used salsa instead. We had tortilla chips with ours."

mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 204735
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"quick easy and tastey."

mknoll User ID: 4480594 204734
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"I made some adjustments to suit what I had on hand, and it was very delicious. Next time I will make sure to cook it in the crock pot so the flavors have more time to blend. Thanks for another great recipe!"

lbraden User ID: 3391766 83967
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"easy, quick and great flavor. I usually add more cumin for a bolder flavor. Never any leftovers of this stew. Definite family favorite."

wefarm2live User ID: 2555499 43884
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"This is absolutely a new family favorite. My young daughter always requests it!"

bvalenc2 User ID: 6059042 53484
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"My husband and two kids loved this recipe :-)"

mmpense User ID: 1055664 35616
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"This is so easy and very nice on a cold day. Tasty too."

Zafira Fauxhall User ID: 4054064 34283
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"This is one of my families favorites and I love it because it is quick to prepare and I get raves at the table... family thinks I spend a lot of time at this, but truth be told I usually toss all the ingredients into a crock pot and let it prepare itself. Sometimes I use a chicken breast, pork chop or piece of beef roast to change it up. I spice it up a bit more with some chipotle pepper and chopped green chilies and it's always a hit!"

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