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tasty ground beef stew from the pantry

Recipe by
Elaine Douglas
Vancouver, BC

I just arrived home after a short vacation and didn't feel like going shopping for food. So I checked out my freezer for ideas. Result- I defrosted a pound of ground beef, discovered a beef bone (I gather leftover roast bones in the freezer to make stock), and kidney beans that I had prepared and frozen. I chopped up some vegetables and a few other ingredients from the fridge and the pantry. I had brought a tiny bottle of red wine on my vacation. It all worked together - easy and delicious.

yield 6 -8 depends on appetite
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For tasty ground beef stew from the pantry

  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lg
    onion, small dice
  • 1 stalk
    celery, small dice
  • 1/2 c
    red pepper, small dice
  • 1
    carrot, small dice
  • 2 clove
  • 1 Tbsp
    oil (your choice)
  • 8 md
    black olives, halved
  • 1 can
    48 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp
    (heaping tbsp) better than bouillon or other broth mix
  • 2 c
  • 1
    beef bone (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp
    chipotle paste
  • 2 tsp
    italian herb mix
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    kosher salt
  • few grinds of pepper
  • 1/4 c
    red rice (or brown or white)
  • 3/4 c
    red wine
  • 1 c
    kidney beans, canned or home prepared from dry
  • 1/2 c
    frozen green beans or peas (for colour)

How To Make tasty ground beef stew from the pantry

  • 1
    Heat the oil in a large heavy pot. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and red peppers and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and the ground beef and stir to break up the beef and brown it.
  • 2
    Add the rest of the ingredients except the beans and simmer for an hour, then add the kidney beans. Simmer for another 5 minutes and add the green beans or peas.
  • 3
    Simmer another 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve. Freeze leftovers - if any.
  • 4
    Serving ideas: Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or a baked potato. Top with a dollop of sour cream and/or shredded cheddar cheese. Have with a side dish of garlic toast or plain toast. Serve with a green side salad for a low carb meal.