This stew was a mainstay for many chuck wagon cooks of the early cattle drives. It was often used at social gatherings when visitors would bring a variety of ingredients. This recipe has been modernized for convenience but should be cooked in a well-seasoned cast iron kettle. It can be cooked over an open campfire, charcoal, or on a modern stove. The recipe comes to us from Scottsdale, Arizona's Festival of the West.
This is one of my adopted recipes. It's actually very good and makes a nicely textured focaccia - you can vary the toppings - it's a great bread you can be creative with....I highly recommend using a heavy cast iron skillet that has been lightly oiled. It makes an excellent crust!