Salsa Beef Stew with Deer Meat

Salsa Beef Stew

I visited our kiddos in Atlanta in early June for a wedding and a week of R&R.  The following week after the wedding, I visited the bride’s mother (a dear and treasured sister) with another dear and treasured sister.  We call ourselves “The Birthday Club”.  “2 AM Sisters”.   As we travel through life’s seasons, our name list grows to too many to list here.  The wedding was beautiful and a very special day!

Proverbs 27.9 Sisters

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
(Proverbs 27:9)

In the picture above, G (Mom of bride) is on the left, and D is on the right.  There is so much history here with our three families.  It would take me a week to tell you all that we’ve been through together.  God sure gives us friends to bless our lives!

The day of our visit to G’s new home, she made a scrumptious spinach salad for our lunch – and a stew in the slow cooker with venison (deer) hunted by her husband.  I didn’t recognize it by site at first.  But, when G told me the name of it, I remembered . . .

Salsa Beef Stew with Deer Meat

Salsa Beef Stew was one of my family’s favorites.  How could I have forgotten?  Cognitive decline is embarrassing, y’all.  And a real thing for people with MS.  {They (I) need a lot of grace.  Yes, grace please.}

How did I misplace that recipe?  It’s a healthy one, too.  I’d combed through my original written recipes for healthy dishes I could eat (or adapt) several times and never saw it.  I could have had it all these months of sickness, omitting the corn.  And, now I eat a tish of corn again occasionally, so this recipe is a good stand-by – again.  Thank you, G!  May God bless you, my 2 AM sister, for bringing Salsa Beef Stew back into my life.  Add that to the long list of ways you have blessed and served me since I met you (yikes!) twenty six or seven years ago, life before kids.

Salsa Beef Stew

It was a little cool on that North Georgia day in June at G’s beautiful new home.  During summer, this stew makes a great taco salad or plate of nachos by spooning it over a bed of greens with choice veggies and/or tortilla chips.  It’s versatile with types of meat, corn, black beans, your favorite jar of salsa, and diced tomatoes.  Yum!

Salsa Beef Stew Ingredients

I returned home, contacted G for the recipe, and made a batch first thing.   Small containers are in my freezer now for quick meals.  Hubs and I ate some of it again last week.  Leftovers are even better than freshly-made.

If you never printed the old recipe from my former blog, here it is again.  (I finally found my original recipe in a random recipe file.  Grace to self, too.  Ha!)

Salsa Beef Stew
5 from 2 votes

Salsa Beef Stew

A hardy beef stew recipe with organic vegetables to boost your health.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword organic vegetables
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef (grass-fed) or venison
  • 1 large organic yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon organic chili powder
  • 1 organic carrot, chopped
  • 1 - 15.5-oz jar organic mild salsa
  • 1-3/4 cup organic chicken broth (can use organic vegetable broth)
  • 1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can organic corn, drained
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes in puree


  1. Heat non-stick 12-in skillet over medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Add ground meat, 1/2 onion, and cook 8 minutes until browned.

  2. Stir in chili powder and cook 2 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in 5-6 quart dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Add carrot and remaining 1/2 onion and cook 5 minutes or until golden. Stir in salsa, broth, beans, corn, and tomatoes with juice. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Stir meat mixture into bean mixture and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese of choice if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

G shared her copy of the recipe by sending me a picture from her hand-written recipe book.  I loved seeing it in her handwriting.

Do you have your recipes hand-written in a notebook?  Just wondering what treasures you’re leaving behind for your children and grands to enjoy.  Handwriting is better than a signature.  I still loooove to look at old Bibles and books with my grandmother’s notes scribbled throughout.  Very special.  It’s like having her here with me.  I can even hear her talking through my memories!

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  • Pam Richardson

    Good morning Kim, it is so nice to visit with you this morning. You look so beautiful with your friends and what wonderful memories to share over your long friendships. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks wonderful. Wishing you a blessed day sweet friend!

  • Dale S.

    What a great recipe! I made this last week, too!( Great Minds think alike!!😃) Love you,Kim!!

    …I agree with you about handwritten recipes & notes!! Special treasures !!❤️

    • Kim

      I’m smiling, thinking of you making this recipe in your beautiful kitchen – and the special recipes I have in YOUR handwriting. Sooo, I’m not the only person who makes stew during summer! 😉 Love you, my sister!

  • G

    5 stars
    My whole family loves this recipe! And, I love being reminded of the wonderful day we had when y’all visited. Blessings to you, my sweet 2 AM sister!

  • Debbi Saunders

    Oh Kim it was so good to see you in the photo of you and your Sister Friends! You look beautiful and so healthy…. and what priceless memories you shared with your Friends while making new ones…. I so agree with you about the handwritten recipes and notes they too are priceless…. The stew looked delicious and I just printed it out and I will be making it!! God Bless you Kim and continued prayers for your complete healing….

    • Kim

      Thank you so much, Debbi! It’s great to hear from you. I joke about being so healthy for a sick person. God has been so good to lead me to feeling much better! Priceless is the perfect word for handwritten scribbles of any kind by those no longer with us. I hope you enjoy the soup as much as we do. Thank you for your prayers – another priceless gift. Hugs! 🙂

  • robin

    5 stars
    We eat soup every day of the year, so why not stew!?
    My husband lost too much weight eating ALMOST-vegetarian (He has organic chicken in his lunch salad) so he is going back to eating meat a few times a week. So….since I AM NOT A VEGETARIAN nor a VEGAN (like ST), we will be eating STEW!!! And it’s funny….I have been thinking about stew lately….and roast (but an organic roast might break the bank. HA!) So stew is a good substitute!

    I have a testimony….ST and I were coming home from the store late Sunday afternoon….were on a suburban/country road…one lane each direction….50mph….no curbs, no sidewalks.
    I saw a black pickup truck IN MY LANE coming DIRECTLY at us!!! Now….keep in mind we were in a car accident in 2015 and even last month ST panicked when a pickup came too close….and she cried, and was all outa whack. I was a bit shaken…I was the passenger seat…she was in the back right next to where the truck came within INCHES of the car. We don’t usually react well to close calls like that.

    So…I see the truck…she sees the truck. Nobody says a word. All I’m doing is thinking how to get off the road. FAST. He’s speeding…maybe 70mph. There are cars in the lane he should have been in. He may have been passing every car….like 6….but they were not near each other… he was crazy or….I’m thinking maybe he was on drugs…IDUNNO!

    I wanna turn my wheel to the right immediately to get off the road….but there is a pole….then a mailbox….doing 50….so I turned right after the mailbox…hard right…then slammed on brakes. And….this house that was there had wooden pegs and flags at the property edge because I think they were getting a gas line…and they had just gotten A CURB, REALLY??? No curbs anywhere else….and new curbs are HIGH…so I wound up with the one wheel in the grass (MUD…we had a lot of rain) and one on the road. He passes us….the car behind me also pulled over. Then I saw in my side view mirror that the truck driver got in the correct lane. Now I’m stuck in the mud. Figures. LOL We both had a migraine…(the Goodwill we went to has mold…I’m convinced.) I remembered …. put it in reverse and rock it out. Worked.

    So now nobody is freaking out. No pumping adrenaline that makes you shake. NADA. We were actually CALM!!!! And no damage whatsoever to my car. A wood stake and a flag were the only ones injured. LOL (ST said she thought I was gonna take out the mailbox. hahaha I was thinking, “Don’t crash the GOOD car!!” LOL )

    THAT WAS ALL GOD!!!! I always say ,”I got Jesus ridin’ with me!” You wouldn’t believe how many “close calls” happen with all these crazy drivers around here…..He is so good to me!!!

    • Kim

      Wow, Robin! I wouldn’t go anywhere without Him – especially if I were with YOU. Ha! Life is crazy, and I’m very glad to hear how God protected you and ST. And He kept you calm. Thank you, Lord! Also, I’m glad you can use this stew recipe since it fits. Yes, I do believe we all need protein. If not from meat, at least from nuts, eggs, beans, etc. I hope you and your husband enjoy this stew. 🙂

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