Tsalagi Stew

5 lbs stewing beef
3 lbs bacon or salt pork
1 hen (approx. 4 lb)
12 1/2 cups tomatoes, canned
7 1/2 cups corn kernels
7 1/2 cups green peas
2 pints oysters
4 onions, large
3 chile ancho
8 lbs potatoes
salt to taste
pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste 

The following are optional:


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     Put all meat and the chiles in a stew kettle in enough boiling water to cover, and cook for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Add potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, and cook for about 1/2 hour before adding the corn and peas. The oysters should be added about 15 minutes before the stew is removed from the stove, and/or may be left out entirely. Total cooking time about four hours.

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