Peruvian Beef Stew with #OreIdaFries


Let’s pretend that’s the technical recipe name because to be honest, I’m not really sure. My step-mom is Peruvian and makes some of the best meals I’ve ever had. Like me, she doesn’t use a recipe in the kitchen but has an arsenal of amazing family recipes she knows like the back of her hand and our family meals at their house are always filled with the freshest ingredients and most of all – the love of cooking for others.

Yesterday I took my kids to Sams Club with me to grab some of the needed items for dinner last night (you can see more about our shopping trip here).


Specifically I needed Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz. I love my fries and the first time I my step mom made this beef stew and then added fries to it I was like “WAIT! What are you doing???” but then I ate it and everything made sense in my world again.

We hit SAMS right at Sample time and got lucky with the Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz coupled with Tilapia as a sample. So so good. My daughter gave it a whirl and loved it, too.

My creation

The rest of my day was running back and forth to Grand Rapids because we were down to one car again, all the while my son spikes a 102 fever and somehow I managed to make dinner before midnight.

I don’t have photos of the process because of the above however;

You’ll need:

1 pound stew beef or chunked beef
Onion or 3 green onions, chopped
1/2 C. grape tomatoes, halved
4 TBS butter
Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz

Simply heat the butter in a skillet ad brown the stew beef – add the chopped onions and simmer together. Sprinkle with salt/pepper to taste. When Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz are cooked (to package directions) toss some (I added about 3/4 C) to the beef and lastly add your tomato halves – stir to combine and heat through. Toss with some Balsamic Vinegar or top with Heinz Ketchup and serve!


This project has been compensated as part of a #OreIdaFries shopping mission for Heinz with #CollectiveBias. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For my full disclosure go here.

Make yourself some Family Meals

Lets start this off with the disclosure. I was paid to shop and do this post however my opinions are my own.

So, now that we’re all on the same page. Who wants to shop at WalMart with me? You can come along for the ride here.

Who has problems with knowing how to use those leftovers in the back of your fridge? Maybe your spouse doesn’t really “do leftovers” so you’re left with the task of eating them on your own lest you throw them away and feel guilty about it. Wait, that’s just me. So I’ve started to reuse my leftovers in new recipes.

Thanksgiving is a great one because there’s generally SO many leftovers after the big Turkey dinner – but our Thanksgiving didn’t contain any turkey for our bellies. Nor did we come home with left overs. Which is actually nice – but for the purpose of this post – we’re going to assume that I had left over turkey in which I needed to use up.

ConAgra to the rescue with their wonderful products like Wesson oil and Parkay butter. Both of which I needed in order to complete this recipe. Even better? You can find both these products and all the other ConAgra foods at WalMart. #FamilyMeals! (Reddi Whip anyone?)

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

I started this dough recipe a couple days ago in order to use up my leftovers. In my fridge I had veggies that needed to be used this week. If you have left over green beans, stuffing, roasted veggies – that’s a great starting point. I also had a couple cans of Cream of Mushroom soup that I couldn’t remember having a reason for buying so I grabbed that as well and went to work.

Here’s what we’re gonna do:

Heat up your skillet or pan with your Wesson Canola Oil in order to stir fry your veggies as an optional “stuffing” for the dough.

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

Roll out your dough, after cutting it into 6 pieces.

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

Have your tukery on hand and cut into pieces as well – I grabbed some lunch meat at WalMart in order to fit the bill.

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

Once assembled, you’re ready to go. You can either use Parkay butter or your Cream of Mushroom soup/Sour Cream mix (again, whatever you have on hand) as the “basting” for the Pot Pie Stromboli.

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

And when you’re done you should have six lovely Leftover Pot Pie Strombolis to fix for dinner that night, or stick in the freezer for an easy, no brainer when the leftovers in the fridge don’t sound too good. šŸ™‚

ConAgra Family Meals, Collective Bias - Leftovers

How do you do it? Are you a left-over-achiever? Eating everything re-heated? Do you incoporate your leftovers in new recipes? What’s your favorite go-to leftover-saver?