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Hunter Stew

Re: Hunter Stew
From: Dian
Date: 5/10/2023 10:21 PM
To: Phaedrus 

On 5/10/2023 10:21 PM, Dian wrote:


I have been searching a long time for a recipe called "Hunter Stew".

My mother used to make it when I was growing up and it was absolutely 
delicious and very satisfying.
It quite possibly could have come from a church cookbook as it seemed 
to me that several of her recipes were found this way.
It was made with ground beef, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes and maybe 
a few other ingredients and she would stew it. 

I wish when she was still here I would have asked her for it but it was 
one of those things you seem to think about more as you get older. 

Unfortunately I did not have access to her recipes after she passed. 

Thanks for searching,


Hello Dian,

The problem with a recipe request like this is that the dish goes by many names and the ingredients vary slightly from recipe to recipe.

"Hunter Stew" is by no means the only name for this kind of stew. It may be called: "Hunter Stew", "Hunter's Stew", "Campfire Stew", "Camper's Stew", "Girl Scout Stew", "Boy Scout Stew", "Scout Stew," "Hamburger Stew," or any of a dozen other names. Every church cookbook probably has at least one recipe like this.

The ingredients are not set in stone. Besides ground beef, it may contain onions, corn, canned mixed vegetables, spices, pinto or other kinds of beans, peas, celery, whole tomatoes, tomato soup, V8 juice, etc., etc.  That "maybe a few other ingredients" is a search killer. Some recipes for this sort of dish just say "use your favorite vegetables." There is no recipe that I can send you that I could have any certainty at all that it would make a stew exactly like your mother's "Hunter Stew," nor can I send you all of the similar recipes. The list would be pages long and take me days to compile.

Do you have a sister or brother or an aunt or uncle that might know something more about your mother's recipe? If so, you could ask them.  If you think it came from a church cookbook, perhaps you can find a cookbook from the church that your mother actually attended? It might be in there.

That said, there's a recipe below that might be close, but as you can see, it's not called "Hunter Stew." It's called "30-minute stew."


30 Minute Stew


1 lb hamburger
2 med potatoes, unpeeled and cut into small pieces
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp instant beef bouillon
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 16oz can diced tomatoes and juice
1 8oz can cut green beans and juice  

Brown hamburger in pot and drain. Add all other ingredients and stir.
Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves about 4.

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