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A Year of Slow Cooking

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CrockPot Cowboy Stew Recipe


Day 197.


This recipe came from Headless Mom, and the second I read it I knew I needed to make it because I liked the name. I am excited to meet Headless Mom at the BlogHer conference in a few days to see if she looks in person the way that I have imagined her to. Probably not. I envision a Headless Horseman character, but instead of a pumpkin tucked under her neck, it's a Donna Reed-type mom with pearls.

Now we're all going to have nightmares...
but not over this stew. This stew is hearty and has a nice kick to it; real comfort food.

There are two ingredients pictures because I got a bit overwhelmed answering and reading email yesterday and forgot to put some stuff in there at first. You guys are so much fun. And a little bonkers.


The Ingredients.


--1 pound browned hamburger (can use turkey)
--2 cloves chopped garlic
--1 can tomato sauce
--1 can diced Italian seasoned tomatoes
--1 can corn, drained
--2 cans whole baby potatoes, drained (unless you can find a great big can of potatoes)
--1 can tomatoes with green chilies
--1 can Ranch Style beans (with the baked beans in the grocery store)
--1 cup water
--sliced jalapeno peppers for garnish (optional)

The Directions.


This makes a lot. Make sure that your crockpot is at least 5qts.

Brown the hamburger with the chopped garlic cloves on the stove top. Drain the fat. Let sit in the pan for a bit to cool.

Open all of you cans, and dump them into the crockpot. Drain the corn and the potatoes, but add the rest of the can liquid to the crockpot.


After adding all of the can contents, add the browned meat and a cup of water. Stir with a spoon to mix a bit.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5. Soup and stew tastes better the longer you cook it, so opt for the longer cooking time if you can.

Garnish with sliced jalapeno peppers, if desired.

Recycle your cans!


The Verdict.


I had never before bought canned potatoes, or the Ranch Beans, which intrigued me about this recipe. Headless Mom says that if you use "real" potatoes they will disintegrate in the crockpot. I believe she's right. These stayed perfectly oval in shape, and looked like baby dinosaur eggs.


I really liked the flavor of this stew. It reminded me of taco soup, but the flavors were more subtle. I liked the texture of the broth vs. the chunky ingredients.


The kids picked out what they wanted, and didn't complain. They really liked the beans, and thought the floating potatoes were cool. We will have this for lunch for quite a few days.

Adam and I both wanted a sliced jalapeno in each bite---they gave a really nice tangy spice to the meal.

Thank you, Headless Mom! We will definitely make this again!


Next year.


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Contest is still open! If you have left a comment on a different post to be entered, you need to go back and leave a comment on this post. The random number thingy-mabob is only going to be used on the actual contest post. Contest closes Friday, 5pm Pacific.

68 comments:

Carrie said...

I will definitely be making this one soon. I have a question on your blog (and others). How do you do the thing where you type a word, and it links to a site, or to an older post?

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Carrie,

when you are creating a post, open a new window in your web browser to find the page (or older post) that you wish to highlight. Copy the URL. Then, in your blog post, highlight the word that you wish to have connected to the URL. Then click on the icon above the posting window in Blogger that looks like a little silver chain link. A box will open. Paste the copied URL in that box, and click done or save or whatever it is that makes it know you did it.

it's fun to do!
xox
steph

S said...

Oh my goodness, I am learning to use my crockpot more and more...now you have inspired me! It does make a difference in how the kitchen stays much cooler than when cooking in an oven.

THANKS for your work! I will definitely be back!

sharon in alabama :)
edsharon@frontiernet.net


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Shelly said...

I just love your blog


Shelly Hobson
pepper1shelly@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Have you considered making a cookbook of all the recipes you deemed good? I would be interested in that format.

-Ilana
ilanaeid AT yahoo DOT com --- please enter me! Thanks.

Leslie said...

I love your sense of humor and your recipes. I will be using my crockpot more than ever now!
Leslie
leslie56@centurytel.net

Stephanie said...

This looks yummy!

I just made your bread pudding last night, except that I cut the recipe in half and used some leftover banana bread I had. It was great!!! Thanks for your wonderful blog full of wonderful recipes.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the crockpot drawing: geolet12 @ msn.com

I am enjoying your blog, thanks for the great recipes!

Anonymous said...

Ooops! Entered my comment on the wrong post.

I do love your blog, that can easily be repeated.

su said...

I have been reading every day since seeing you on TV. I remember cowboy stew from Scout Camp. I would like to be entered.sfrgelia@yahoo.com

USFEM2008 said...

Another great recipe! Please enter me in the drawing! christina.porcelli@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Headless Mom said...

Glad it turned out so good! Thanks for the linky luv.

Can't wait to see you--IN 2 DAYS!

TJ said...

This sounds great, except I think I'd still go for real potatos. I'd just cube or something. And I'd use frozen corn, unless I had a can hanging around. This sounds like a great make ahead camping recipe. I'm always looking for more of those!

cutie pie said...

baby dinosaur eggs :-)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the crockpot drawing: stinkynelson1@aol.com I have yet to use a crockpot but would love to start.

The Ice House said...

I had to tell you, I tried making your Crockpot Cheesecake yesterday. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This recipe is to die for! I just had to write about it on my blog. Here's the link if you want to check it out

http://monroeice.blogspot.com/2008/07/who-would-have-thought.html

Kim said...

I have just found your blog and have been watching it for a couple of days. I am going to try this recipe and the dinosaur reference is perfect. I will tell my kids its dinosaur soup or something fun like that.

jrstephens said...

This sounds really good. I will have to try this. I got my crock pot out today for the first time in a while afte watching u on Rachell Ray.

Christine said...

I am so excited about the new recipes you are sharing that I can try with my family! My favorite crock-pot recipe is FROZEN (or thawed) chicken breasts and a large can of cream of chicken soup. Let it cook on low all day. Serve over cooked rice.You'll be amazed at how good this tastes and how tender the chicken is!
Thanks for all your ideas!
hunterthorunn@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! I have a couple of crockpot cookbooks but the variety of dishes you post is much better. When your year is up you should put your entire blog into a cookbook form and make a bazillion bucks.

Thanks so much!

Shelley

Oh and could you please enter me into your crockpot drawing? shellb98@aol.com

My Ice Cream Diary said...

This gives me a great idea: Dinosaur Egg Soup!

Maybe if my boys think they are eating dinosaur babies I can actually get them to eat non-fried potatoes. =)

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for a website like this for the longest time. Just moved into a house 6 mos. ago and still don't have a stove...but I have my old crockpot and can't wait to try your recipes! Please enter me into your contest shawna2@grapevine.net.

Thanks!

Carmen said...

I just 'heard' bout you from another blog. Am excited to look over your recipes. I want some new CP recipes so I can spend less time cooking and more time quilting. It would be great to win a new crockpot.
Carmen
clostrander@hotmail.com

Wendy said...

Love your Blog!!

theespinosa5@msn.com

Kay said...

I love this website and would love to win a crockpot! My email address is kbchick1770@comcast.net
KayC

KayC said...

I would really love to win a crockpot! My email address is kbchick1770@comcast.net
KayC

KayChick said...

I would love to win a crockpot. My email address is kbchick1770@comcast.net

A-team said...

Well, let me just say we tried the Thai Chicken and now my husband want to do the Indian Dish. He is from India- so the crockpot reminds him of the pressure cooker- which I can not use worth a darn. So, he is loving me at least trying to cook things he is use too. Thanks so much.

A-team said...

So sorry, forgot to leave my email address. drbadutt@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

This looks like lot of fun! I'm a veggie, so I'll try it with TVP, but I'm pretty sure it will work great. Thanks for all the inspiration.

quinn said...

Just an hour ago I cut two pounds of potatoes into big chunks and tossed them into my crockpot with a carton of organic mushroom broth. (Guess who's cleaning the cupboard?) I thought the taties might turn into complete mush, but if so I think I'll blend it and call it...I dunno, some fancy name for Thick Potato and Mushroom Soup. :)
Your recipe sounds much more fun!

The Bargain Shopper Lady said...

I fixed your spotlight post that I wrote to say that you did save a lot of money by crockpotting!

Maria123 said...

I would love to make this bc I LOVE Ranch Style Beans but I live in Virginia now and can't find them so my mom mails me some from Texas every few months and I am currently out, but I WILL make it!

Anonymous said...

wow love the recipe great idea thanks Dilly02@comcast.net

Cindy said...

I have been following your blog since last week when you were on Rachel. Eaxactly what I ahve been looking for!!! I get bored with making the same ol same ol in my crockpot.

I could really use a new one since mine is about 7 years old, on its second liner and heats up the kitchen when I use it.
Thanks
Cindy
cledwards63@hotmail.com

Nancy the Romancechick said...

This is in my crockpot as we speak!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy. The canned potatoes are Irish potatoes and I have used them with success in crockpots. Amazing that they stand up so well.
I hope you do a cookbook. I for one would buy it. thanks.

darlingdolldesigns@gmail.com

Robin said...

Just found your blog in our local newpaper write-up. Great stuff. Thanks for the inspiration
veryadorableone@comcast.net

Becky said...

I've used potatoes in my crock pot potroast a number of times and they come out crumbly and tender but still together enough that I would go ahead and use the real ones.

Jennifer said...

I love Ranch Style Beans! LOVE THEM! I am from Texas and when we first moved to SC I had a hard time finding them. The can looks different-I use them in my chili too. I remember walking into the grocery store and looking everywhere and when I finally asked the lady looked at me like I was from Mars. Glad we have them now. My little girl likes to eat them right out of the can. I can't wait to try this!

Yum!

Anonymous said...

I love your website and read it everyday. Please enter me into the drawing - alfrye1@comcast.net.

Thanks.

Carol E. said...

I am afraid of jalapenos, and my hubby isn't fond of spicey. How do you think this would be w/out the jalapenos in it?

Shay S. said...

I like a mild flavor, so I am unsure if I would try this. My 3 yr old would probably not like the jalapeno in it, either. I also wonder if there is a milder substitute for that ingredient.

renette74 said...

i cant wait till tomorrow night when i get my very first crockpot which i bought on my bday. i bought it last july 12 and placed it on presale now i have to wait till july 16 to get it but just the same im so excited to read the recipes...you could publish a book when the 365th recipe is done...cant wait for tomorrows recipe
and my mini crockpot coz i cant afford the big one yet

renette74@yahoo.com

angelica said...

Hiya Steph, summer break (yeah) and I was watching Rachel when you were on discussing your crock pot resolution. Your recipes look delish and you have inspired me to try this method of cooking once again. Previous attempts left my son feeling so so about the food. He said it all tasted the same and didn't care for crock pot food. But after watching you I may have to repurchase one (unless one of those 10 end up in this teachers house - hehe) and follow a few recipes.
Unfortunately I don't have recipes to share - this year, but wanted to thank you for the inspiration.
angelica
nova@teach4.net

Anonymous said...

I've always looked at canned potatos and wondered what you'd use them in; now I guess I know. Must track down ranch beans now. I made a new gluten free friend yesterday and sent her over here. Yes, I too have a crock pot that's older than me and would love a new one. I'm Casandra Wilkins casgraham@yahoo.com

heartfull said...

Steph, your site is motivating me to pull out the crockpot. I have been lazy lately!

My is always how the heck am I going to getting the kids to eat foods that are all mixed together? Then part of my brain tells me to just start doing it and they'll figure out that this is just the way it is sometimes.

Even so, I don't think I'll start with the cowboy beans recipe - I know I would love it. But the jalapenos would be too much for them, I'm sure...

Maybe I'll do cheeseurger soup this week...

CindyL said...

Always look forward to your emails daily...love this recipe, will make soon!

Please enter me
....cindylepp@yahoo.com

Roxymom said...

I am really enjoying your blog! And what great recipes I'm collecting. This one really sounds good. I plan on trying it myself next week. Thanks so much!

lollipops said...

I would love to be entered in this contest! What a wonderful site.

lighthouse.lover at gmail dot com

Hey said...

I'm in the same boat with the ranch-style beans. :( My in-laws are going to Texas in 2 weeks to visit my BIL, so I totally need to have them bring back some beans. :) They used to sell them here (in Delaware), but they have slowly disappeared over the years. I guess I should stock up from Texas family!

Constance said...

~Your blog is so fun to read and now there's a giveaway? Awesome!!! I'm in! queen of the rat hole at yahoo dot com. Remove spaces ;-)~

Lainee said...

Please enter me! gnlfrei@q.com. I love my crockpot more and more. Thanks

Megan said...

love your blog, would love the crockpot!
meganmansfield@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I hope I can still win a crockpot!

cptray@ bellsouth. net

wv_mom said...

This was great. I made this two days ago and there just wasn't enough of it everyone wanted more. My picky toddlers even ate it. I had to give the recipe to my mom who happened to be there when I made this.

I am so addicted to your site now and will be making crockpot meals at least several times a week. I work fulltime and have no time to cook after work and we have been eating fast but not that great tasting meals, but that will change. Thank you so much for doing this.

Helen said...

I really enjoyed this. I couldn't find baby size canned potatoes, so I cut them in half. They still seemed huge in the bowl, but tasty. It made a HUGE amount too. So easy to make...yummy!

Helen said...

oh I should add too that I don't think they sell ranch-style beans here in BC. I used some other beans in sauce. It was still good, but the next time I'm across the border I will look for some ranch- style:-)

Kimberly said...

Made this today for dinner. Everyone loved it. My DH had 4(!) helpings. That's a lot, even for him. Thanks for posting the fall favorites. We are trying apricot chicken tomorrow....

h2e said...

I made this the other day, and my husband actually liked it! LOL... I don't have much luck trying new things on him. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have the Cowboy in the crockpot right now and I can't wait to try it! I also signed up for your newsletter and bought your book the other day! Thanks!

Ruby said...

Hello Stephanie - could you use the drained liquid from the corn & potatoes as part of the 1 cup of water you add to the recipe?

Sounds delish & I wish I'd seen your blog when this draw was still going on.

Keep up the good work

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Ruby,

Absolutely! that's a fantastic idea. If you're watching your sodium it might be too much, but I think the flavor will be great.

xoxo

Amy said...

this was fantastic. I forgot the garlic but I am not sure it mattered too much. Everyone really enjoyed it. Thanks for being an inspiration. I spent my whole day yesterday going through both of your cookbooks and trying to decide what new stuff we will try this next couple weeks. I am happy to say we are having more new meals than our standard stuff. Soooo THANKS :-)

oddlyme said...

My husband made this for dinner tonight - and it was a hit!

I had no idea what it would taste like and it was kind of a cross between a soup and a chili. We tried it plain and with the pickled jalapeno slices - we liked it more with the jalapeno. It gave a brightness, with a touch of spice, that was really nice!

Now, as it's just the two of us, the next test will be - how does it freeze? : )

Kara said...

This was a delicious, hearty meal. I like it even more than Taco Soup because the flavors are mild. I cooked it on the stovetop instead of my slow cooker to speedup the time. I also used Ranch Style Beans with JalapeƱos and 2 peeled, chopped baked potatoes instead of the canned dinosaur eggs. I like the fresh potatoes better. Cooked for 1 1/2 hrs on low heat. Terrific! I'll definitely make this again for my family. Thank you for the recipe!

AndreaInVA said...

do you need to brown the ground meat first if you are using really low-fat turkey? I know in a few other recipes you put it in raw and it still works out. I know this thread is ooollllldddd but maybe someone will see my question and answer! and yes, I LOVE your blog too, it has changed our dinner life, really! bought the cookbook too, may have to get the other one. and I'm not even fishing for a free crockpot :-)

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Andrea,
no, you don't need to. The browning beforehand is to just get rid of the extra oil. The meat will cook just fine in the pot with all the other stuff. Crumble it in, and stir well so you don't end up with a turkey meatloaf in the middle. :-0

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