Momma Dross’ Jungle Stew

A lovely submission from our friend Jeff Dross.


  • 1lb ground beef – I like it best if about 80% lean. The 90%+ beef doesn’t have enough fat and the meal tastes dry (Yes, I am aware that fat is not healthy). Editor’s note: see Fatty Foods and Alcohol for suggestions on counteracting the effects of unheathly eating.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 28oz can tomatoes (I like the diced, whole can be used, but should be cut up a bit when added to the pan)
  • 1 beef bouillon cube (Yes, I know it’s filled with sodium. Just use it!)


Brown the ground meat in a large pan (that has an accompanying cover) along with the chopped onions, black pepper and oregano. Reduce the heat to low once the pink has disappeared.

Flatten the ground meat in the pan and pour the uncooked elbow macaroni evenly over the top of the ground beef. Spread the can of tomatoes (and any can juice) evenly over the top of the macaroni. DO NOT MIX. DO NOT POUR FAST. You want to trap the dried macaroni between the moist meat and the wet tomatoes. Now, the pièce de résistance, stuff the bouillon cube into the tomatoes at the center top of the assembly.

Cover the pan and cook on the stove top for about 45 minutes. Keep the heat low, or the beef will stick to the bottom of the pan and result in a burnt taste to the completed dish. Mix the ingredients before serving.


  1. Ada Mae said

    Got a recipe for yah. I call it stoner cassarole. Take a cassarole dish, put in a layer of onion flavored frozen tator tots, home canned green beans, dump a can of cream of mushroom soup and a half a can of milk. Cover with slices of velveeta cheese and tin foil. Bake for 25 to 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Take it out, stir it up and chow down.

  2. Mark Nefff said

    I make a tater tot casserole similar to that Stoner casserole made by Ada Mac. Cook 2 lbs ground beef put in casserole dish, stir in 2 cans of golden mushroom soup or substitute a can with a cream of broccoli. Then a layer of green beans or favorite veggies. Frozen or canned. Then a layer of tater tots, prefered onion tater tots but can use regular ones. Cook with lid on until you see bubbling up through tots then take lid off for 15-20 minutes until tater tots start to brown. The add favor type of cheese sliced or shredded. When cheese is melted take out let stand for a few mins. then serve.

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