Cowboy Stew aka Mexican Surprise – Dad’s specialty!

COWBOYS_LEAVE_GUNS_br_00[1]This recipe is so special to our family and my husband makes it often. It’s a delicious, comfort meal. 

My husband, Mark, began making this dish in 1980. It started out as Mexican Surprise because IT IS A MEXICAN DISH.  The name change came about one night when the children said they didn’t want Mexican food, so having already started the dish, Mark said he was making Cowboy Stew. He made up a little song….“Cowboy Stew, I love you….” He sang this song while cooking the Cowboy Stew and the children thought he was something else. Even today they will ask him to sing the song.

1-1/2 lb. ground beef
3 clove garlic, minced
6 green onions, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small can green chilies, chopped
1 regular can of crushed tomatoes (not the large can)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 can Rotel ‘Mexican’ diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/2 cup salsa
1 can black beans or any bean of your choice
1 package Spanish rice
Cilantro, fresh
Salt & Pepper to taste
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Brown ground beef and drain, saute garlic and onions, add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Top each serving with cheese. This dish is even better the next day….if there’s any left.

We eat this dish with Doritos chips and salad. Plain Doritos are the best!


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