Western beef stew has it's origins based in the old-time western cattle drives that helped to shape the expansion of the US territories. With the exception of modern gravy packets every ingredient in this
recipe for western stew could be found on every chuck wagon in the 1800's, hence it's popularity as a very common meal way back when. This is also an excellent recipe to use when camping or backpacking due to it's simplicity - try some on your next outdoor adventure!
1 1/2 pounds pinto beans
1 large onion diced
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 packets beef gravy
2 medium carrots sliced
1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper and oregano
In a large skillet place the ground beef, carrots and onion and cook until golden brown on medium heat. Next, add the remaining ingredients, cover and let simmer for about an hour or until it boils. Last and the beef gravy powder, cover and allow to set for 10 minutes before serving with some homemade bread or biscuits.