Cowboy Beef Stew

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Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 pounds beef Stew Meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (12 to 14 ounces) dried bean soup mix with seasoning packet (not quick cooking)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green peppers and onion
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 3 cups frozen diced or hash-brown potatoes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Soak beans in water overnight in refrigerator according to package directions.
  2. Reserve seasoning packet.
  3. Coat beef with seasoning from reserved packet.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large stockpot over medium heat until hot.
  5. Brown 1/3 of beef; remove from stockpot.
  6. Repeat twice with remaining oil and beef, adding additional oil as needed.
  7. Pour off drippings; return beef to stockpot.
  8. Drain beans; discard water.
  9. Add beans, tomatoes and beef broth to stockpot.
  10. Bring to a boil.
  11. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours, or until beef is fork tender.
  12. Stir in potatoes, if desired; bring to a boil.
  13. Reduce heat; continue simmering, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  14. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

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