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Wed Feb 5, 2020, 02:48 PM

How about Some Beef Stew?

In my childhood, beef stew was always on the menu for Saturday. My mother made it with beef neck bones. Beef stew in Texas is tomato based.

I still make it like my mother did, except I use beef stew meat. I don't have a precise recipe, but here is a guideline.

Chopped Beef stew meat, (1 pound)
can crushed tomatoes (large can)
Chopped onion (large)
Small wedge Shredded cabbage (1/8 of cabbage)
stalk or two celery, chopped
quart carton stock, chicken or beef) or 1 or 2 Caldo de pollo cubes
bay leaves (2 or 3)
fresh chopped potatoes and carrots - (1 or 2 potatoes, 2 or 3 carrots
1 - 2 cups mixed frozen veggies
Water as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
a little Gebhardts chili powder (optional)

Brown meat in oil, flour meat first if wanted.

Put browned stew meat in large pot or slow cooker , add tomatoes, bay leaves, caldo de pollo cubes, shredded cabbage, chopped celery, onions, water to cover.

Simmer on low for 2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender, adding more water as needed. Add carrots and potatoes and frozen mixed veggies., taste, correct seasoning. Let cook until carrots and potatoes are soft. Taste and correct the seasoning again.


Serve with cornbread baked in iron skillet or cornbread stick pans.

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dem in texas Feb 2020 OP
Sherman A1 Feb 2020 #1
Freddie Feb 2020 #2
Lisa0825 Feb 2020 #3
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dem in texas Feb 2020 #6
Lisa0825 Feb 2020 #7
murielm99 Feb 2020 #5
MissMillie Feb 2020 #8

Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 02:54 PM

1. Stew is in the slow cooker right now

we will have biscuits with it this evening.

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Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 03:02 PM

2. Sounds yummy!

DH does not like tomatoes in stew ☹️

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Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 03:05 PM

3. Hmm... I'm in Texas and never had tomato based beef stew!

Sounds yummy, though! I will have to try it!

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Response to Lisa0825 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 03:10 PM

4. This is leading me down a whole new stew road....

Maybe some Rotel would be good in it!

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Response to Lisa0825 (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 07:02 PM

6. Yes, Rotel Tomatoes would be sooo tasty...

My husband is from Tennessee and is not a lover of hot foods, so I tend to go slow on the chile peppers. Our favorite diner serves a beef stew similar to the one I posted, it is a daily standard on their menu. If you go out to West Texas, Carne Guisada is a favorite form of beef stew. This recipe is cooked with stew meat, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and plenty of cumin, all cooked down in a stew so thick that it is usually eaten in flour tortillas. I like this stew too, but always add a little celery to the recipe.

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 08:46 PM

7. Oh, yes, I know carne guisada well....

I never really think of it as a stew (even though it is), because to me a stew is meat and veggies, but that is my mom's northern roots talking.

Oh, and I LOVE celery in stew! Lots of celery and carrots, along with potatoes. I'm not much of a veggie eater, but LOVE those in stew.

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Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2020, 05:34 PM

5. I make no peek beef stew.

It is tender and yummy.

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Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 09:53 AM

8. Mine's not all that different

If I'm making it during the week and don't have a couple of hours to cook it, I'll use cut sirloin tips (dusting them w/ flour, browning them and adding them near the end).

I use beef stock, a can of tomato sauce, potato, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, rosemary and bay leaf. Near the very end, I'll usually add some frozen peas or frozen green beans.

If I'm using chuck, I'll braise the beef in the stock and aromatics for a while before adding the potatoes and carrots.

Some sort of roll, biscuit or bread is definitely required.

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