Cowboy Beef Stew

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During a long day on the dusty trail, you'll look forward to hunkering down with a nice bowl of this rich and hearty beef stew!
Instructions
  1. Soak beans in water overnight in refrigerator according to package directions. Reserve seasoning packet.
  2. Coat beef with seasoning from reserved packet. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/3 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat twice with remaining oil and beef, adding additional oil as needed.
  3. Pour off dripping; return beef to stockpot. Drain beans, discard water. Add beans, tomatoes and beef broth to stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours, or until beef is fork tender.
  4. Stir in potatoes, if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; continue simmering, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
  5. Total recipe time: 2-1/4 hours to 3 hours
  6. Recipe & photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff, http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com