Hearty, filling and man-pleasing describes this stew. Link sausage, cumin, chilies, and chili powder is what gives this soup its Southwest flavor. This dish is quick, easy, and tastes best when it simmers in a slow cooker or even on the stove all day. Bake some Mexican cornbread, toss a simple green salad, and you have a great meal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, garlic and onion; cook and stir until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off grease, and transfer the contents of the skillet to a large pot.

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  • Pour the tomatoes into the pot with the meat, and stir in the potatoes, pinto beans, corn, diced tomatoes with chilies, mixed vegetables and water. Season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally. The longer this stew cooks, the better it gets.

Nutrition Facts

677 calories; protein 35.3g 71% DV; carbohydrates 52.2g 17% DV; fat 37.1g 57% DV; cholesterol 115mg 38% DV; sodium 1620.2mg 65% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2005
Fast and easy preparation. Typical taste of Texas...hearty and spicy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2008
I changed the serving size to 6 and it still made a ton of stew. I didn't care for the kielbasa sausage but it was a nice meal on a cold day. Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2005
Fast and easy preparation. Typical taste of Texas...hearty and spicy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
Excellent! I divided my recipe in half initially as I was afraid of investing so much into something that I may not eat. Even by cutting it in half it made a lot. I used 1.5 lbs of hamburger. Had a bag in the freezer of some left over spaghetti sauce so I put that in there added a little more cumin and chili powder....and it was really good. Have enough for about 4 more meals - so in the freezer it goes....awaiting a chili cold night. I have made the other kind before where you add the ranch dressing mix and this recipe is so much better! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2009
My husband actually saw this recipe first and asked me to make it for him. It did not disappoint! We have a big family (five kids) and this recipe makes enough for two dinners and a lunch. Great value and great taste all in one. We've also served this for guests who've loved it too and always ask for the recipe. I can't say enough about how much we really love this recipe. It's definitely a family favorite now. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2010
Delicious and filling. I followed the recipe for the most part and will use this recipe again and again. Here is how I tweaked the recipe to suit our tastes: I used beef kielbasa 4 large cloves of garlic 1 very large onion 1 small can of tomato sauce to give more body and I used chicken broth instead of water. I skipped the mixed vegetables as we had enough veggies with the potatoes onion corn and pinto beans. I did not use the cumin and used just the chili powder--regular and ancho. I think next time I will skip the potatoes. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2007
This recipe makes a lot! It was fun to make--quick and easy too. I browned and drained the beef then browned and drained the sausage. I set both meats aside while I sauteed the onion (in a clean soup pot) in two tablespoons of oil. Then added the spices and cooked for a couple minutes more before putting all of the rest of the ingredients into the pot. Because I had an open can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce in my fridge I diced up a couple of tablespoons and added that as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
This was really good! Halved the recipe yield and used ground venison and homemade venison sausage. I left out the frozen veggies as it was already a lot! My fiance really loved it. Had just the right amount of "kick". Will make it next time with cornbread. Thank you!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2005
This was a hit with all of us! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2012
Wonderful! I didn't have regular pinto beans so I used pinto beans in chili sauce and just nixed the chili powder. I took the suggestions of other reviewers and halved everything with the exception of the beef (my husband likes a little more meaty stew) and overall I am very pleased with the result. Hearty filling and I still had tons and tons left over. This is the perfect stew for a cold night. But next time I think I will be adding a little bit more heat as I like a little more spice/heat in my food. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
Our family absolutely LOVES this recipe. Even my teenagers' friends have requested it! I did decide though to withhold the extra cans of corn. The corn gave the stew a little element of sweetness that I could do without. I added 2 more cans of various types of beans instead. You could also add a bit of of "Tony Chachere's" seasoning for more kick as well! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2008
I changed the serving size to 6 and it still made a ton of stew. I didn't care for the kielbasa sausage but it was a nice meal on a cold day. Read More
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