Rainy Day Stew

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By Chris L.
from xxxxx, MT

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.

serves 6-8
prep time 1 Hr 30 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top


  • 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
    (16 oz cans) stewed tomatoes (i use petite diced)
  • 4
    carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 can
    18 oz. black eyed peas with juice
  • 1 can
    10 oz. lima beans with juice
  • 1 can
    18 oz. okra (or frozen)
  • 4
    yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 3 can
    13 oz. beef broth consumme' soup
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 dash
    garlic powder or garlic salt
  • vegetable oil for frying beef cubes
  • 4-5 dash
    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

  • 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.