Mustang Stew Recipe: This Ground Beef Soup Recipe Has a Story to Tell by Melissa Vickers

Mustang Stew Recipe: This Ground Beef Soup Recipe Has a Story to Tell

Here in West Tennessee, football is king. Much of life in our small town revolves around the football season, and folks head to the games regardless of whether they have kids on the team. (Some of us band moms were there more to watch the halftime show than the game.) With those predictable crowds, it makes a good time and place for fundraisers.

Every year my kids were in school, and I assume it probably continues, one big home game would have a senior class fundraiser, selling hot bowls of Mustang Stew, named in honor of the football team. A bunch of senior class parents would be asked to make a slow cooker full of the ground beef soup, which each following the same simple, gluten-free recipe.

This is one of those great slow-cooker recipes that involve few skills other than chopping an onion, browning meat and opening cans, so one slow cooker full would taste like the next. And the times I made it for my kids were probably among the few times that I dutifully followed a recipe as written. This stew tastes like a combination of chili and stew, just perfect for dinner on cool football nights! Serve with some crusty bread for dipping.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours (average)
Total Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Servings: 8


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Recipe Notes

  • Sometimes I add additional vegetables to this stew like chopped green pepper and zucchini.
  • If you don't like hot chili beans, use black beans or mild chili beans.
  • Store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Pour all contents into a slow cooker.
  2. Cook until you are ready to eat! (I suggest about 3 hours minimum.)

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 566

Total Fat: 13.6g

Saturated Fat: 4.8g

Cholesterol: 179mg

Sodium: 1081mg

Total Carbohydrate: 38.5g

Dietary Fiber: 11.1g

Total Sugars: 14.5g

Protein: 70.1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 95mg

Iron: 41mg

Potassium: 1748mg

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Slow cooker soup recipes like this are the real MVP! Yummy.
Elisa Schmitz
This recipe reminds me a bit of my taco soup recipes that are so great for gatherings of all kinds. I love how flexible it is and that you can add fresh vegetables if you want, too. Thanks for sharing!
Love this super easy recipe. I have made it many times. I have always wanted to ask, do you drain your cans or just throw everything in there as canned?
Melissa Vickers
It's been a few months since I made this last and more than a few years since I made it for my kids' fundraiser dinners, but as best I can recall, I just dumped the stuff in the pot, without draining. I think the original recipe would have specified draining the cans if that was the intent. The liquid just provides some needed stew liquid.

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