Baked Bean & Kielbasa Stew
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Baked Bean & Kielbasa Stew

Garnish this stew with a scarecrow face made from cheese and you’re sure to get a big smile from your little goblins.

20 min
1 hr



3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 large (1 cup) onion, chopped

1 medium (1 cup) green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup shredded or matchstick carrots

1 (14-ounce) package turkey kielbasa,  sliced 1/4 inch, cut in half

1 (28-ounce) can baked beans

1 (15.5-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5-ounce) can petite-diced tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


8 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American

Whole grain tortilla chips

Shoestring potato sticks

Shredded or matchstick carrots


  *Substitute hot dogs, cut into 1/4-inch slices.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in large saucepan until sizzling; add onion, bell pepper and carrots. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 4-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisply tender.

  2. STEP 2

    Reduce heat to medium; add kielbasa. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4-6 minutes or until kielbasa begins to brown. Stir in all remaining stew ingredients. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes to blend flavors.

  3. STEP 3

    Spoon stew into individual serving bowls. To create scarecrow faces, cut each slice of cheese with 3-inch pumpkin or round cookie cutter. Cut triangles for eyes using sharp knife. Place cheese cut-outs onto bowls of stew. Immediately place shoestring potato sticks on each side of cheese for hair; place tortilla chip on top part of cheese for hat. Create mouth of scarecrow with shredded carrots.

Tip #1

- For an anytime meal, sprinkle each bowl of stew with shredded Cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

Tip #2

- This stew can be made ahead and frozen up to one month. Thaw in refrigerator.


18Fat (mg)
70Cholesterol (mg)
1740Sodium (mg)
38Carbohydrates (g)
8Dietary Fiber
20Protein (g)


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  November 19, 2009

Tasty, but the canned baked beans give it a "last minute" taste. Next time I'll try a different bean approach.

— says Joseph
  November 10, 2009

Super easy to make and the kids and adults love it! I made it for a party and everyone kept going back for more. No left overs. I would suggest doubling it since 1 pot isn't quit enough for 4 people.

— says Kelly
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