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Recipe for family meals :

Red and Green Stew

This is another recipe from Bill Hilbrich from Saint Cloud, Minnesota. If you would like to know a little bit more about Bill have a look at his Bio page - click here.

Bill says: "In the US, this might be considered a Chili, but the balance is very high in favor of vegetables, and the dish could be made without any meat at all. I normally grind stew meat in a food processor to reduce it to about a grind twice as big as hamburger grains. This recipe can also be made in a crockpot over low heat for 3 to 4 hours".


1 lb beef (ground to about twice the size of hamburger)
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup green bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup celery leaves, fine dice
1 (1 lb) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (or at least peeled)
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons green chili salsa (I like Mrs. Renfroe's)
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter

  • Heat the olive oil and butter in the bottom of a heavy pan until melted.
  • Add the onion and sauté until transparent.
  • Then remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add ground beef to the pan and fry until brown.
  • Add onions and the rest of the ingredients and simmer over low heat until the tomatoes start to break down.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.

Serves 4 - 6

Bill Hilbrich