Well its finally Friday! This week has presented its own set of challenges, stresses, excitements and blessings.  These are the weeks that make life exciting. I am excited to share this recipe with you for several reasons.  Not only is it a great way to use a cheaper cut of beef, but preparing meals like this on Sunday night will enable you to have a reduced stress level the rest of the week.  Stew A Fuego (Stew of Fire) is quick, easy and can be cooked in the crock pot! (Although I’m a crock-pot-less college student) So head to the pantry, gather up the ingredients and cook yourself into a lower stress level!

Stew A Fuego
1 lb stew beef
1 can chili beans
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 sliced jalapeno
1 packet ranch seasoning
1 T dried minced onion
Garlic Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chili powder and Tony Chacheries (Creole Seasoning) to taste.

Brown the beef in a skillet.  You may need to add a little bit of oil because the beef is so lean, we don’t want it to stick to the skillet! In a large stewing pot or crock pot (you lucky ones) combine the rest of the ingredients and stir together.  Drain and rinse the beans (Bean slime is gross). Include the liquid from the corn and tomatoes.  Once the beef is browned add it to the pot, you may need to add some more water too.  This can be cooked in on the low setting in the crock pot for 2 hours or so, or on the stove top for 40 minutes.  If you are cooking it on the stove you have to be careful to stir it often or it will burn.  Top the stew with some cheddar cheese and serve it with a biscuit!

Stew A Fuego
2 lb stew beef – $6.54
1 can chili beans-$0.77
1 can black beans-$0.77
1 can kidney beans-$0.77
1 can corn- $0.82
1 can diced tomatoes- $0.76
1 can tomato sauce- $0.64
1 sliced jalapeno- $0.20
1 packet ranch seasoning- $1.40
1 T dried minced onion- $0.05
Garlic Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chili powder and Tony Chacheries (Creole Seasoning) to taste. – $0.50
Total Cost (Serves 6)- $13.22
Cost Per Plate- $2.20

A great idea for this recipe is to mix the ingredients in the crock pot on Saturday night, refrigerate it, then place it in the crock and turn it on while you’re fixing Sunday breakfast.  When you get home from church a delicious, filling and warming Sunday dinner will await you! Also don’t forget that you can freeze this if you live alone like me! It makes great lunches in a hurry… just take out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave… delicious!

I loved sharing this with y’all… Happy Trails,

~Anna-Lisa

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