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White bowl containing a southwest stew with tomatoes, beans and corn, topped with shredded cheese, crackers and cilantro on table.
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Southwestern Crockpot Beef Stew

Who doesn't love the warmth of a homemade beef stew, especially when it has a southwestern flare? This crockpot recipe is full of juicy tomatoes, whole kernel corn, pinto beans, and beef. Every bite is full of flavor!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Amanda Mason

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups onions, diced
  • 1 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, liquid reserved
  • 1 16 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 16 ounce can whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Pace Picante Sauce, (I recommend Medium)
  • ¾ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Crockpot Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain the fat and pour the meat into the Crockpot.
  • Combine all other ingredients above into the Crockpot and stir well. 
  • Cook for 5-6 hours on low or cook for 2- 3 hours on high. 
  • When done, serve and top with your favorite toppings.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain the fat and pour the meat into a large pot.
  • Add all the other ingredients to the large pot and stir well to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook covered for 2-3 hours.
  • When done, serve and top with your favorite toppings.

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Notes

  • This stew is freezer friendly! Once it's done, let it cool and store it in either a gallon Ziplock freezer bag or in a freezer safe container. It should last for 3-4 months. When you're ready to eat the stew, place the frozen stew in the refrigerator and let it slowly thaw. From there, warm up in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • The best meat for this beef stew is ground beef. I've made this recipe with beef stew meat and it's fine...but since this one has a southwestern flare, I prefer ground beef.

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg