Thrifty Meat-Bean Stew

Spam! Yes…a retro recipe with Spam! Ok, so they call it canned luncheon meat. You can go for it or you can substitute ham. In any case, this makes for a nice winter lunch or supper on a budget.

Thrifty Meat-Bean Stew

1 1/2 cups large dry limas (12 oz)
3 cups cold water
1 16-oz can tomatoes, cut up
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 12-oz can luncheon meat, cubed
1 beef bouillon cube
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup reconstituted nonfat dry milk or fluid milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet (optional)

Rinse beans; place in large saucepan and add water. Bring to boiling; cover and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. (Or add beans to water and soak overnight.) Do not drain. Add tomatoes, onion and salt; cover and simmer for 1 1/4 hours. Add luncheon meat, bouillon cube, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine milk and flour; add to stew mixture. Cook, stirring constantly till thickened and bubbly; stir in Kitchen Bouquet. Makes 8 servings. (From Good Food on a Budget, 1971)


  1. We just made something like this last week…great recipe for using up leftover meat and beans.

  2. Yes, it sure is.

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