Firehouse Stew

Firehouse Stew


  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 1/2 pound Italian or breakfast sausage*
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 package sliced smoked sausage or kielbasa
  • Hot sauce to taste, optional

* Or you can use 1 1/2 pounds Italian or breakfast sausage and omit the beef.


  1. Crumble ground beef and Italian sausage together in a large skillet; add onion and garlic and brown meat. Drain.
  2. Pour meat mixture into regular size slow cooker or medium size stew pot.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients.
  4. Add a little water if needed.
  5. Cook all day in a slow cooker on LOW or for one hour on the stove top.
  6. Serve with cornbread.


If using an Instant Pot, you can saute the meat, onion and garlic right in the pot.

Source: Jim Norman, Nashville Fire Department, Nashville, Tennessee

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