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Southwestern Beef Barley Stew

 Southwestern Beef Barley Stew
Hearty and easy to fix, this thick stew, from Lisa Kolenicn of Regina, Saskatchewan, has a comforting, chili-like flavor. "It's my best barley recipe. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a tasty dish."
3 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


  • In a large saucepan, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  • Stir in the water, bouillon, chili powder and pepper. Bring to a
  • boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12
  • minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in tomatoes; heat through.
  • Yield: 4 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/3 cups equals 269 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 456 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.