Depression Stew

Depression Stew Recipe

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Charmaine Castro


This recipe was created by my grandfather, he called it depression stew cause when you looked at it, it looked depressing...LOL! Just kidding, this was created out of necessity feeding 5 kids back in 1935 in Hawaii, a simple dish made with things that there was an abundance of, way back when.


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6 - 8
35 Min
35 Min


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  • 1 pkg
    ground beef
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch
    watercress, fresh - cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 - 3 can(s)
    tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp
    worcestershire sauce

How to Make Depression Stew


  1. Fry ground beef with garlic & onion until onions are transparent. Add salt, pepper & worcestershire sauce to taste & tomato sauce, cook at medium high heat. Shut off stove & add watercress & remove pot from burner, do not stir until 30 minutes after. When done, watercress will be limp but not "bitter".
  2. **NOTE: Make sure stove is shut off because if heat is left to long with watercress, it will turn "BITTER" for the whole pot.

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About Depression Stew

Course/Dish: Beef
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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