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Easy Leftovers Stew / Chili Recipe

Updated on September 14, 2012
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Usually, when I make a large dinner, I tend to simply eat the same thing every day for dinner until the leftovers are finished off. However; sometimes, I like to make something new out of the leftovers, so I can have a little variety. (Plus, I go through the freezer and see what’s been there for a while and needs using up.)The following recipe is for a chili/stew using left ground meat, beans, rice, onion and peppers from making burritos the night before. I also use some stewing beef from the freezer and some canned chili. You can always vary the ingredients depending on what you have in terms of leftovers. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs. stewing beef

1 cup yellow onion, diced (leftovers)

1 cup bell pepper, diced (leftovers)

4 tablespoon of minced garlic

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes

1 teaspoon Oregano

½ teaspoon Marjoram

Oil (for pan)

1 cup cooked ground turkey and onions, (leftovers)

1 cup black beans, (leftovers)

2 (15 oz.) cans chili

1 cup brown rice (leftover), optional

Directions:

Part 1:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.

2. Drizzle a 10x13 baking dish with oil.

3. Add the stewing beef, diced onions, diced bell peppers, garlic, herbs and spices to the pan.

4. Cook uncovered for 45-60 minutes until the meat is tender.

5. When meat is tender remove from oven, cover with foil and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Part 2:

1. In a large cooking pot, combine the leftover ground beef and onions, canned chili and black beans.

2. Simmer over medium-high heat until combined and hot about 30 minutes.

3. Add the stewing meat, onions, and peppers (and all juices) to the pot.

4. Bring to a boil, and lower temperature to low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Serve with the left brown rice if desired; or add rice to pot, mix together and simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from Modesto, CA

      Thank you for reading! Any time you can make food last longer and taste great is wonderful!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Leftovers sometimes make the best dinners. I tend to do exactly as you do and freeze leftover food that can be made into a delicious meal another day. This leftover stew really looks great.

      Your step by step instructions and photos are excellent too

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