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


  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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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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Quick easy and tastey."

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!"

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."

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