From the Garden...Ranch Style Stew

Every cook needs a fairly quick “can-opener” recipe or two, and this one from the   "Southern Living the Low Cost Cookbook" is man and kid-pleasing.  I keep pieces of green pepper and chopped onions in freezer bags, ready to use in this kind of recipe, open a few pints or cans of vegetables and beans, add it all to your browned hamburger, and you can whip up a few biscuits or a small pan of cornbread to go with this while it simmers.  Some cooks I know even keep browned hamburger in the freezer for an even quicker start.  If your family likes a spicier dish, add a drained can of green chilies instead of the green peppers.  If you don’t have the time or energy for biscuits or cornbread, crackers or slices of garlic bread might be a tasty choice.  Finish off with small dishes of canned fruit for dessert.
                             Ranch Style Stew
  1           Pound  Ground Beef
  1           Medium  Onion -- diced
  1           Each  Green Pepper -- diagonally sliced
  1 1/2    Cups  Canned Corn -- whole kernel
  1           Can  Kidney Beans - 20 ounces
  1           Teaspoon  Salt
  2           Cups  Canned Tomatoes 
1           Teaspoon  Chili Powder
     1/2    Cup  Water
Brown the beef, onion and green peppers in 1 tablespoon shortening in large saucepan.  Add the corn, beans, salt, tomatoes, chili powder and water and simmer for 20 minutes.
2011 Cost:  $4.26 or $1.07 per serving


  1. Growing up we called that dish "Cowgirl Stew." Still a favorite of mine.

  2. This looks quick, easy, and yummy. Will certainly try it!


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