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Texas Beef Stew

This easy and delicious stew is one of my newer recipes, but it's quickly become a favorite. Almost everything we cook in our house has a Mexican flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    4 servings (1 quart)


  • 1-1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook beef until no longer pink, adding oil if desired; drain. Add onion, garlic powder, pepper and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is almost tender.
  • Add tomatoes, cumin and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until meat is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 239 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 782mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • LPHJKitchen
    Oct 27, 2020

    This simple recipe has great flavor. The cumin really adds a new flavor to classic stew. Will definitely make this one again!

  • Chari
    Jul 19, 2019

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  • 5986princessa
    Dec 20, 2015

    This was really good! I used 1/2 cup onion instead and added 1 teaspoon of Cajun Seasoning to the final simmering. I also added 2 cups of carrots as suggested by other reviewers. Leftovers the next day are even better! Will definitely make this again.

  • lvarner
    Aug 25, 2013

    We live in West Texas, so we like things with some spice. This stew really fit the bill. It was hearty and tasty and had a nice kick. My husband kept saying "wow" and "superb" as he ate it! I added some cubed carrots and potatoes during the last 20 minutes of cooking (like some of the other reviewers) and would do this next time, as well.

  • prvbswmn
    May 11, 2013

    It was quick & easy, but it was so average that I received no comments at all from my family when I made it.

  • CindyOldham
    Dec 20, 2012

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  • Heather Johnson
    Dec 4, 2012

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  • MamaLightnin
    Mar 4, 2010

    This recipe was very tasty! I added a few fresh carrots and it made it even better! Next time I will add some potatoes and a lil beef broth.

  • pkwatts25
    Feb 23, 2010

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  • markgladding
    Jan 9, 2010

    This tastes great and is super easy to make. I added some chopped up potatoes and carrots, just because I like lots of veggies in the stew. I added them in that last 20 minutes, along with a little extra liquid. I also used a couple TB of cornstarch to thicken it a bit.