Pioneer Stew

Pioneer Stew
Recipe type: Entree
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 lbs. beef or lamb stew meat
  • 4 tbsp oil or Crisco
  • ½ c. flour
  • 2 c. chicken or beef bouillon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 carrots. cut in 2" pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, quartered
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  1. In a heavy saucepan with cover, melt Crisco (or heat oil). Dredge beef or lamb meat & brown in hot oil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat.
  2. Add onions & garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add bouillon, bay leaf, thyme, salt, & pepper. cover & simmer for 1½ hours. Add potatoes & carrots.
  4. Cover & simmer for 30 more minutes or until meat & vegetables are tender. Stir in vinegar. Add more salt & pepper as needed.

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Chicken & Pork Adobo

Submitted by Tired Lil Tinker Hell
Serves 5+


1 c. white or cider vinegar 1 c. water
2 tbsp peeled & crushed garlic 1 tsp salt
3 bay leaves 1 tsp black pepper
3 lbs. chicken (large pieces or hacked small) 2½ lbs pork butt cut into 1½” cubes
2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp peanut oil (optional)
¼ c. red wine (optional) Hot sauce or dried hot peppers (optional)
½ c. to 1 c. brown sugar (optional)


  1. You can use either your favorite chicken pieces (thighs & legs are frequently used) or “hack” one whole chicken. Hacking refers to cutting a whole chicken into small pieces with the bone still in. Leaving the bone in the pieces helps retain moisture & shape. You do not want to make this dish with boneless chicken.
  2. In a large pot bring to a boil the vinegar, water, garlic, salt, bay leaves, hot pepper, & black pepper. Add the cut up meat & cover with the brown sugar & once again bring to a boil. 
  3. Lower the heat & summer covered for 30 minutes. Add the soy sauce & the wine & cook an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the meat & continue cooking the sauce until it’s reduced by half. 
  5. Optional: While the sauce continues to cook, you may want to brown the chicken & pork pieces in a hot skillet with the peanut oil. If you used large chicken pieces, skip this step.
  6. Serve the meat & the sauce over white rice.
Chef’s Note: Some Latin countries have an almost identical recipe, except they add the ingredients above marked as “optional”.  These are not traditional in the Philippines.