Spicy Beef, Tomato, and Corn Stew


I think I’ve mentioned before that I mostly a recipe-follower, meaning I don’t often concoct things completely from scratch. I like to adapt and tweak recipes, but I usually have a recipe that I start with. It’s just how I work. But this stew is all mine, start to finish. I had an idea of what I wanted and did a cursory look online for what I was thinking of and when I couldn’t find anything even remotely close, I just made it up myself.

Oh, and I’m calling it a stew because it’s thick. You can call it a soup if you want- I’m easy that way. Even though it uses ground meat instead of traditional stew meat, it seemed more like a stew to me. Since I totally made this up, I was surprised when Brian said at the dinner table,

“Wow, this is my new favorite meal… and it’s a surprise- I wasn’t even expecting it!”

I think he meant that meals based around stews wouldn’t normally make him think “favorite meal.” He’s more of a chicken or hamburger type of guy. That made my day, I’ll tell you. I served the stew with bean and cheese quesadillas after starting the meal with a green salad dressed with a homemade vinaigrette with a bit of hot sauce added.

Who knew such a humble meal would be elevated to “favorite” status?

After browning the meat and onions, add the other ingredients and let it all simmer on the stove for 30 minutes. Oh, did I mention how easy this is? Oooh, I can’t believe that something this easy, not to mention frugal, is a “favorite” meal!

How frugal? I was gifted the meat and half the vegetables came from the freezer, so this whole pot of stew cost me about $1.50- seriously. When I do buy ground meat, it’s usually turkey at about $2/lb, so even then the pot would only be up about $4 because I always have garden produce in the freezer for meals like this (hint, hint…grow what you can!). And there’s eight hearty servings here which equals .50 per serving. Good grief, that’s a good price.

Spicy Beef, Tomato-Corn Stew

With that in mind, you might want to see if it could become one of your family’s favorite meals, too.


Spicy Beef, Tomato, and Corn Stew

  • 1 Tb. oil
  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, venison, etc.)
  • 2 Tb. taco seasoning (a mixture of cayenne, oregano, onion powder, salt, paprika, and garlic)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. chopped Anaheim peppers (or other mild green chili)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 c. frozen corn kernels
  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Add seasonings, chopped onion, garlic, and both kinds of peppers. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir flour into mixture, mixing well, then add the broth, tomatoes and corn.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

This is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom.


  1. Anonymous says

    Hi just wanted to tell you I love your blog. Your recipes all sound so good. I also like that they are frugal, easy and healthy. It’s hard to find those type of recipes. You have also inspired me to try baking bread I am going to give your artisan bread recipe a try. Thanks for all the work you do sharing your recipes and ideas. This stew recipe sounds great too! Good job

  2. says


    I wanted to let you know how much my family enjoyed this stew the other night. I did not have any peppers at all, so I just added a can of Rotel tomatoes instead of the plain tomatoes. It was fantab! I served it with biscuits and a dollop of sour cream on top. I will be making this again.

    Your blog is such a help and encouragement to a newbie like myself who hopes to one day have her own Idaho Cottage. 😉

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