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Southwest Beef Stew Recipe

Southwest Beef Stew Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Southwest Beef Stew

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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."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

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

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

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

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

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

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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