Trail Stew -- Outdoor Cooking Recipe

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Trail Stew -- Outdoor Cooking

Gary Hancq


This stew was made on a Coleman Cook Stove and fed three hungry bicycle riders and the cook, while camping in Custer State Park, South Dakota a few years back.

The stew was devoured by my son Gary Jr. and his friends Bob and Valjean after they had completed a 40 mile trek of the 100 mile scenic Mickleson Trail Bike Trail near Custard, South Dakota.They completed the 100 mile trek in 3 consecutive days.

The cook got his share of the stew as well. I pedaled a portion of the trail, another day, but took this particular day off to do the cooking.

To me -- The Cooking in the open air was more enjoyable than the Pedaling.

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3 to 5


30 Min


2 Hr 30 Min


Stove Top


2 lb. or 3 lb. pound chuck roast or similar or three rib eye steaks
medium sized potatoes
1 or 2
medium sized onions chopped coarse
3 or 4
stalks celery chopped to 1 in.
4 to 6
carrots chopped to 1 in.
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes 11 oz. (optional)
2 Tbsp
paprika (optional)
2/3 to1 /2 c
2 Tbsp
butter or cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 c
water to thin or as needed

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat butter or oil in a 12 inch frying pan. Cut meat to spoon sized pieces. (I used a 2 1/2 lb. Chuck Roast). Salt and Pepper and dredge in Flour. Brown well in frying pan. Save flour for additional thickener.
Clean and chop the Potatoes, Onions, Celery and Carrots. add to pan when Meat is well browned throughout. Add the canned diced tomatoes and paprika (Optional). The canned tomatoes and Paprika do provide a nice touch to the flavor.
Simmer on medium to low heat for two to three hours, stirring quite frequently. If Rib Eyes are used cooking time can be reduced to one to two hours.
If vegetables have not produced much liquid add 1/2 to 2/3 cup of water. Half way into the cooking sprinkle on 2 tablespoon of flour to thicken. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
Plate it up and Enjoy. Serve with my "Frying Pan Biscuits", which see, and your favorite beverage.
Note: This would work well in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven on the "Coals", if it was checked from time to time.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #stew, #trail, #camping