Texas Ranch-Style Stew Recipe
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Texas Ranch-Style Stew Recipe

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Ground beef, beans and pasta thickens this hearty stew that's perfect for brisk autumn days. The zippy sauce, made with canned vegetable juice, gives the chunky mixture a western flair —Mrs. J.W. West of Alvord, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup small shell pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (5-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium V8 juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Southwestern diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 307 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 2 vegetabl


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta; stir into stew. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Texas Ranch-Style Stew in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p31

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"This didn't WOW me but it's a good weeknight supper that comes together quickly and is relatively healthy."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"A little too spicy for me as is, but my husband loved it! We'll make it again with less or lower heat chili powder."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"My husband and I love this! The only change we've made is to use a can of Rotel tomatoes instead of "southwestern" tomatoes. I also cheat and use frozen chopped peppers and onions when I don't have fresh on hand, and we can't even tell the difference. I love that I can make something so tasty from ingredients I always have on hand!"

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"This stew is wonderful, thick and chunky and very healthy. Even my childcare children love it! To make it even healthier I used 99% fat free ground turkey instead of beef, and whole grain shell noodles instead of regular noodles. I also just add the noodles to the mixture when I add the 'remaining ingredients'. They cook up just fine with the stew and then you don't have to dirty another pot making the noodles!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"This recipe was ok. Not one of my favorites. I couldn't find the ranch style beans."

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