Rainy Day Stew

Rainy Day Stew Recipe

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Chris L.


This is a combination of stew recipes. I've made this stew for years tweaking it here and there. After 30 years I think I got it "just right." Serve with hearty French bread.


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1 Hr 30 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


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  • 1/4 c
  • 2
    leeks or green onions, to your taste, chopped
  • 2 c
    celery, chopped
  • 2 lb
    good stew meat. i use chuck roast and trim it myself
  • 2 can(s)
    (16 oz cans) stewed tomatoes (i use petite diced)
  • 4
    carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 can(s)
    18 oz. black eyed peas with juice
  • 1 can(s)
    10 oz. lima beans with juice
  • 1 can(s)
    18 oz. okra (or frozen)
  • 4
    yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 3 can(s)
    13 oz. beef broth consumme' soup
  • ·
    salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 dash(es)
    garlic powder or garlic salt
  • ·
    vegetable oil for frying beef cubes
  • 4-5 dash(es)
    worchestershire sauce - to your liking
  • 2 Tbsp
    el pato tomato sauce - this is a spicy mexican tomato sauce that has some kick to it

How to Make Rainy Day Stew


  1. Heat butter in large stew pot. Saute' leeks (or green onion) and celery until a tender.
  2. Coat beef cubes with flour. Brown cubes in hot fat or butter with a little veg. oil mixed in. Brown all sides. Add to stew pot along with stewed tomatoes and beef consume'. Add a few dashes of Worchestershire sauce and El Pato tomato sauce - to taste.
  3. Cover and simmer 1 hour. Add sliced carrots if you like them very tender.
  4. Cover and simmer 30 min. longer. Add remaining ingredients (black eyed peas, lima beans, oka, potatoes) season to taste with salt & pepper, and garlic powder / salt. Simmer, uncovered, another 60 min. or longer. Sometimes I'll add some green beans and cubes of summer squash about 30 min. before serving, just for a change.
  5. The longer this stew slow cooks the better. I don't like using the crock pot because it seems to change the taste. Sometimes I add more potatoes and beef for a really hearty stew on cold winter days.
  6. Note: We don't like okra, but I use it for flavor and to thicken the stew.

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About Rainy Day Stew

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy

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