Spicy Beef and Beans over Brown Rice

I came up with this meal on a whim.  Was not sure what I was going to make for dinner tonight.  I first started by getting some rice on to soak this morning.  Then pulled out 1 lb. of beef stew meat to start defrosting.


Later the meal idea hit me.. LOL..  I put 2 cups of pinto beans into a soup pot, added the stew meat, 8 cups of water and 1T salt.  I put this on to boil for 2 ½ hours.


About an hour before dinner I started cooking the brown rice.  Then I finished up the beef and beans.  I served the beef/bean mixture over the brown rice.  It was fantastic.  To go along with our dinner Emily cut up some cantaloupe, we had some salad left over from last night’s dinner and we had Cowboy Cookies for dessert that Sierra had made yesterday.


Here is the recipe:


2 cups dry pinto beans

1lb. beef stew meat

8 cups water

1 T salt

1 onion, chopped

Jalapeno peppers (fresh or from a jar), chopped (as many as you like..  the more you add the spicier it will be)

Olive oil

1 cup of your favorite salsa

Cooked Brown Rice (see brown rice cooking information here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/enjoyingbrownricel.htm  )


In a large stock pot combine pinto beans, stew meat, water and salt.  Let cook and simmer for 2 ½ hours or until beans are soft and meat is tender. 


After  beans and meat have finished cooking heat a frying pan and add olive oil, chopped onions and peppers.  Cook until onion is soft.  Add this to the bean/beef mix.  Add salsa and mix and let sit for a little bit so flavors can blend.


Serve this over brown rice for a yummy and easy dinner!




  1. This meal looks so good! And so nice to have you back Crystal, you were missed.

  2. Oh, I just love your recipes. It is part of my usual afternoon routine to click on www.thefamilyhomestead.com/recipes.html to pick out something healthy and delicious (and economical, too!)

    Thanks for what looks like another delicious recipe!



  3. This sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing it. I am going to keep it referenced so when the days cool we can try it!!! Thanks again!

  4. you can do this in a crock pot too if you don't have time to watch it cook.


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