Hearty Beef Jerky and Vegetable Stew Recipe

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Beef jerky pieces ready to be added to stew. Carla McMahon/E+/Getty Images
  • 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 4 Servings
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This hearty stew of beef jerky, tomatoes, potatoes, and other vegetables is completely made with dehydrated ingredients, except for the optional fresh carrot. Dehydrating fresh food is a great way to preserve it and to ensure that you always ingredients on hand for easy homemade dinners that don't require a trip to the store. Dehydrated or dried ingredients are also great adventurous home cooks who take their cooking skills on the road. Hikers and campers tend to find dry ingredients especially convenient as they are light, easy to carry, and not at risk of going bad before use. The stew is especially delicious served over cooked rice. 

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup dried tomato (about 20 slices/pieces)
  • 1 cup beef jerky (1/2-inch chunks)*
  • 1 cup potato (dried and peeled slices)
  • 1 tablespoon bell pepper (dried pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (dried pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic (dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 fresh carrot (sliced)
  • 1 cup short-grain rice (cooked and dried)

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups of the water, tomatoes, beef jerky, potatoes, bell pepper, onion, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to rehydrate.
  2. Once rehydrated, place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.​
  3. Add sliced fresh carrot, if using, and simmer for an additional 30 minutes to an hour, until jerky is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, combine rice with remaining water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes to rehydrate. Then return to boil, partially cover, and simmer until rice is tender for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  1. Serve hot beef jerky stew over cooked rice for a hearty, satisfying meal.

Recipe Source: Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook by Mary Bell (William Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.

*Note: While you can certainly use your favorite brand of store-bought jerky, we always prefer to make our own. Homemade beef jerky is all-natural and free of additives, food colorings, and preservatives. We love making this brined beef jerky for an extra tender and flavorful jerky. It's so good that you'll want to have some extra just to snack on!

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 235
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 96 mg
Carbohydrates 49 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 7 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)