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Southwestern Meat and Potato Stew

Meet the Cook: Even before it got cold outside last fall, my husband had asked me to make this stew twice. In fact, here at home, our name for it is "Tom's Favorite Stew". We're the parents of two children - a 9-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl. -Linda Schwarz, Bertrand, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • In a Dutch oven or large kettle, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add 3/4 cup water, vegetables, salsa, salt if desired, cumin, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  • Combine flour and remaining water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 403 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Potroast911
    May 23, 2011

    This stew was o.k. It is hearty and filling, i will give it that. But it had little flavor and there was certainly nothing special about it. I really don't understand how it won a blue ribbon.

  • micheleclow
    Mar 8, 2011

    I'm not a stew person, but this was absolutely delicious. I also substituted 1 1/2 pound stew meat for the ground beef. I just cut it up into small pieces. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  • mojoriffic
    Sep 29, 2010

    Great recipe to make in a cast iron dutch over the coals, we love to make it when we go camping!!!

  • jsteinau
    Jun 20, 2009

    I cut this meat and potato stew recipe in half for two people and used ground turkey instead of beef. Used unpeeled, red potatoes choppped. We added hot sauce at the table as desired and this recipe was perfect. Had leftovers. Will definitely prepare again and again.

  • herroyalt
    Apr 16, 2008

    This stew was Terrific!!!! The only thing my husband added was 5-6 dashes of Chipotle Tabasco Sauce. Hit the spot.~~Thank you