Hearty Beef Jerky and Vegetable Stew

Beef jerky pieces ready to be added to stew

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Rehydrate: 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
235 Calories
1g Fat
49g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 235
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 7g
Calcium 54mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 have ingredients on hand for easy homemade dinners that don't require a trip to the store. Dehydrated or dried ingredients are also great for 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. 


  • 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)

Steps 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.

  5. Serve hot beef jerky stew over cooked rice for a hearty, satisfying meal.


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!

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

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