Southwestern Beef Stew

Facing a day which includes snow or other bad weather?  This warm & comforting Southwestern Beef Stew might just what you need to get through the storm ~

 

 

                                                                                                    beef stew

 

 

Total Time: 1 hrs 20 mins

Prep Time: 1 hrs

Cook Time: 20 mins.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

2 1/2-3 lbs chuck roast (trim fat as necessary) or 2 1/2-3 lbs arm roast, cubed (trim fat as necessary)

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoo n paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons Butter Flavor Crisco

2 onions, diced large

1 (28 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with juice

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 large bay leaf

1 (10 3/4 ounce) can beef broth

1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, can sub 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoonsugar (optional, but we like it in there) (optional)

4 carrots, peeled and sliced thick

4 -5 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, cut lg. bite-sized

1 (11 ounce) can corn, drained

1 -2 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)

1 -2 tablespoon cold water(optional)

 

 

Directions:

In large ziplock baggie or large mixing bowl, combine flour, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.

Add meat and shake/toss til all is coated.

In large heavy-bottomed pot that has a lid, brown meat over med-high heat in the 4 tbsp Crisco.

Add next 8 ingredients, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring only occasionally, til meat is tender.

Add carrots and potatoes, recover and simmer another 25-30 minutes or til tender.

Add corn, heat through.

Remove bay leaf, or, leave it in there and whoever happens to get it has to do the dishes! ;).

* You can add or sub peas and/or green beans if desired. You can also add 1 rib of celery, sliced, at the same time you add the potatoes and carrots if desired.

** If you like it on the thick side like I do, just mix 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch with equal amount of cold water (I use 2 tbsp each), stir into pot while simmering to thicken even more. Simmer, stirring, for several minutes.

Do this at the very end. Stir gently so you don’t wreck the green beans if added.

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