Mar 19, 2013

Turkey Cowboy Stew Recipe

Turkey Cowboy Stew


I modified this recipe from my original Cowboy stew to be lower in saturated fat and calories by using turkey meat. Try this healthier version. It will not disappoint :)

This has been a family favorite since I was very young. It is simple and a crowd pleaser. Even my kids love it! Leftovers taste even better the next day, and you can also freeze it then thaw and re-heat heat when you're ready to eat it.


Turkey Cowboy Stew

  • 1 - 1.3 - 1.5 lbs lean ground turkey (lean ground beef optional)
  • 1 Onion, chopped 
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped 
  • 1 can corn DO NOT DRAIN or 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes 
  • 2 cans ranch style beans, also known as chili beans 
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder (this gives it flavor) 
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • tsp salt - you will likely need more, but its always better to add less and more later if necessary 
  • pinch cayenne (optional - can make it as spicy or mild as you like) 
  • 3 Cups or 2 empty bean cans of water 
  • 1 Carton of Beef Stock, chicken stock or you can use 4 more cups of water and add more chili powder and cumin for flavoring. 
  • 4-5 small potatoes, diced 

Directions: In a heavy soup pot, saute onions until golden; Add ground turkey and brown. Add garlic at the end and cook for a few minutes. Add beef broth, tomatoes, corn, beans, salt and pepper, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper(optional).

Bring to a simmer. Drop in potatoes and cook 10-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender but do not fall apart. When the potatoes are done, taste the stew and add more salt if needed. Tip: Add salt before you boil the potatoes to give them more flavor, then you can add more salt to the soup since the potatoes will absorb the salt. (if trying to reduce sodium, add salt to each bowl of soup)

*If you are going to freeze it, do not overcook the potatoes because they will cook when you reheat the stew.
*This tastes even better the next day and is great for making when you have company during the holidays. Guests can reheat stew and eat when they want lunch or an easy dinner.

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