Cowboy Stew

This is a hearty, delicious chili-type stew.  A real man pleaser!
1 pound beef for stew (I used cut up steak, all fat removed)
1 packet taco seasoning mix (about 1 ounce)
large zip-top bag
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic/onion (undrained) I used Hunt’s Fire Roasted Southwestern Style Diced Tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can milder diced tomatoes and green chiles (undrained)
1 can refried beans
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 (16-ounce) cans pinto beans (drained)

Coat the inside of crock with Crisco to make clean up time a lot easier. Preheat slow cooker on high. Place beef and taco seasoning in zip-top bag; shake to coat. Transfer beef and seasoning to slow cooker.

Stir in canned tomatoes (including liquid), refried beans, onion and bell pepper.
Pour beans on top of beef mixture (do not stir). Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 8 to 10 hours. Serve.  This goes well with Spoon Cornbread.

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