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“We live in a very rural area and I normally place an order online to get my 80+ lbs of premium dog kibble each month to keep my German Shepherds healthy and happy. Once in a while the kibble delivery has been delayed due to snow or bad weather and yet my dogs had to be fed, so I did some research. I knew that I needed to make their coming week's food from what bulk emergency supplies that I had on hand. Fortunately, I already knew that when grain and beans are combined it makes a complete protein, making the best use what little meat I had on hand. Believe me my 3 German Shepherds range between 80 and 120 lbs each and can put away a lot of chow. I need it to meet their needs for nutrition, calories and taste. They have consistently done very well on this and it is now my fall back to recipe for homemade dog food...and it can all be cooked in one pot (one VERY LARGE, 12 quart stock pot). :-)”
2hrs 30mins
48 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey, chicken or pork)
  • 2 lbs brown rice or 2 lbs barley
  • 2 lbs dried pinto beans (or any type of dried bean, other than soy)
  • 2 cups canola oil (or use olive or vegetable oil, but not corn oil)
  • 2 lbs frozen peas and carrots (you can substitute broccoli, green beans, or sweet potatoes, etc. but not corn)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or 1 pkg. chicken, beef or pork gravy mix combined with 2 c. water)
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 apples, diced


  1. Place ground beef into a large 12 quart stockpot and brown beef, breaking it up as it cooks.
  2. Pour dried beans into the stockpot, right over the brown ground beef. Fill pot to within 4 inches from the top of the pot. Turn up heat and bring the water to a boil. Boil the beef/bean mixture for two minutes and then turn off the heat, stir, cover and let the beans sit for 1 hour to soften slightly.
  3. Return the beans to a boil and boil gently for 1/2 of an hour until the beans are cook through and soft enough to eat.
  4. Add the broth and rice to the bean mixture, stir, cover and let simmer for another 1/2 of an hour or until rice is done.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the 2 lbs of frozen vegetables and the canola oil, stirring thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  6. Break the eggs into the stockpot and stir them down into the rice and beans. The heat will cook the eggs and stirring them will break the eggs into threads throughout the mixture.
  7. Add diced apples and stir to distribute through the mixture.
  8. Let the mixture cool down (stirring occasionally to aid in cooling) and then pack into containers refrigerate (or if freezing, only fill 2/3 full to allow for expansion).
  9. *I like to sprinkle brewers yeast over the top of each serving and I also push a fish oil capsule down into each bowl full. I generally add 1 t. brewers yeast per 20 lbs of my dogs weight. They are both very good supplements for the dogs and they usually love the taste of both!

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