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What you need:

2 lbs. ground venison
1 1/2 cup diced onions
1 (28 oz.) can tomato, chopped (reserve liquid)
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans
1 (17 oz.) can whole corn, drained
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
Salt to taste
Cheddar cheese, shredded

In skillet, brown meat and onions. Drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with Cheddar cheese if you like but dish is very tasty without cheese. Serves 8.

As you see I have just started out by placing the two pounds of venison and onions in the pan.

You see in photo two that I have the venison browned with the onions in it. I have already drained the excess oil from the pan and placed all of the venison and onions back in the pan. To drain the excess oil off I put a strainer in a larger metal bowl so it can catch all of the excess grease and can be thrown out. This way I don't have to worry about it going down my drain.

I have added all of the other ingredients that the recipe has called for except for the shredded cheddar cheese.

If you look close you can see it is just starting to bubble

It is bubbling good now so I will turn it down to low to let it simmer for 20 minutes. If it is not thick as you want it then let it simmer longer than 20 minutes.

Here is our Southwest Stew ready to dish up... You can sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on the top of the pan of stew or let everyone put it in their bowls if desired.

Here is a bowl of Southwest Stew with shredded cheddar cheese ready to eat.

Try it without cheddar cheese because you will find that it sure taste great just the way it is. I assure you that this is a dish that is easy and taste great both ways.

***Note: If you happen to run out of pinto beans as I did kidney beans work very well.  Also, if you don’t happen to have any cumin on hand you can use chili powder.  It taste very good with chili powder also.  This is a quick easy dish that you can come home on any busy day and just throw it together and have a wonderful hearty meal.  It is especially great when it is cool or cold outside.

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