Larry’s Gumbo

The weather is beginning to turn cooler and my appetite is running toward heartier foods. A couple of nights ago while driving home from work I decided I wanted some gumbo. I didn’t have a recipe so while I was sitting in traffic I made one up. It turned out pretty good and it was simple to make. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1Tbs olive oil
  • 1 can Okra undrained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 can Navy beans undrained
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp oregeno
  • 1 (or more)tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp salt

Brown the ground beef and drain.

In a 2qt. sauce pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil until it shimmers then add the onion, celery and garlic and saute until tender. Add in the drained ground beef, okra, tomatoes and navy beans and stir.

Heat until bubbling, add the cumin, oregeno, cayenne pepper and salt and stir.
Reduce heat and cover. Let it simmer for about fifteen minutes stirring occassionally.

This ought to serve six people but if you are as hungry as I was when I finished it will only serve four. It was just as good the next day as my lunch.

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