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Southwestern Beef Stew Recipe
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Southwestern Beef Stew Recipe

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This zippy stew seasoned with picante sauce is great on cold winter evenings. The preparation is so easy…it’s ready in minutes after a busy day at work.—Regina Stock of Topeka, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8-1/4 hours
MAKES: 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) picante sauce
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 266 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 81 mg cholesterol, 436 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown beef on all sides; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the picante sauce, potatoes, carrots, onion, chili powder, salt and cumin.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Beef Stew in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p11

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 266 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 81 mg cholesterol, 436 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

Reviews for Southwestern Beef Stew

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013
This will be the only way I make beef stew from now on. I did not have an issue with mine being dry, but I only used slightly over a pound of meat, and I added a few more carrots and potatoes. Loved the spicy flavor the picante sauce added to it. So easy and flavorful, this one will go into my winter meal rotation for sure.
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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

Just made this and it was so tasty. I did modify it the slightest by adding 1 cup of beef broth, as other reviews suggested it didn't have enough liquid, and then doubled the amount of cornstarch. Also I didn't have picante sauce so I just used regular salsa and added a 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Definitely one of the best stews I've had/made and really easy with stuff I had on hand, will be making again for sure

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

I loved this recipe. It was quite tasty! If it had a little more soup to it then it would be a little better. The blend of veggies and meat, with the picante sauce is delicious. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

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Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

This was a good recipe - my only suggestion would be to add 1/2 or 1 C of water. Ours was pretty dry, and we cooked it in a really nice slow cooker for less than the allotted time. Otherwise, it tasted great and I'll probably make it again :-)

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