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Texas Ranch-Style Stew

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


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 307 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.
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  • jbug827
    Mar 27, 2013

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

  • KatieH
    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.

  • Tingzen
    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!

  • countrygirl_717
    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!

  • Sweetpgrl8
    Mar 10, 2011

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

  • celticdlj
    Feb 15, 2011

    So easy to make and taste AWESOME!!

  • tmriddle
    Feb 9, 2011

    My husband and I love this quick recipe. I add a can of mushrooms and a couple of chopped jalapenos. It has taken the place of our favorite chilli recipe.

  • hollyce24
    Apr 22, 2010

    No comment left

  • mjlouk
    Jan 20, 2010

    This was really good. The baked beans really gave it good flavor!

  • Baggy6
    Aug 17, 2009

    my family loves this. Quick and hearty. Thank you much!