Mutton Stew Recipe – The Fancy Navajo

Posted By thefancynavajo March 13th, 2019 Last Updated on: February 28th, 2022

Mutton stew is just good for the soul.

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There is nothing better than a delicious bowl of soup to soothe the soul.

On a hot or cold day, soup always brings such comforting feelings. It’s also very versatile and any ingredient pretty much goes. This is great for those times when your pantry is looking a little sparse.

One of my favorite soups is mutton stew. It's just one of those cherished meals that is made from the heart. And it's a staple of Navajo culture.

However, I haven’t always been a fan of mutton stew and didn’t fully appreciate it until I left home for college. After finishing my first semester of college, there was nothing I wanted more than shimá’s (my mom) mutton stew. 

Since then, it has always been a welcome back home treat. There's just nothing like some coconut milk, curry leaves and boiled mutton over some steamed rice. 

Fancy Navajo Mutton Stew Recipe
Yield: 8-10 Servings

Fancy Navajo Mutton Stew Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes

Mutton stew (Atoo’) is a popular dish in the southwest among the Diné (Navajo) people. It is a simple dish that packs a lot of flavor from the mutton. It is eaten year-round and the ingredients can be changed depending on what you have in your pantry. Sheep are important in Diné (Navajo) culture and all parts of the sheep are used from cooking to weaving. It is most commonly made with mutton. If you cannot find mutton in your local grocery store, it can be substituted with lamb or beef.


  • 8-10 cups of water or vegetable broth
  • 3lbs of mutton backbone or 2lbs of Cubed Mutton Stew Meat
  • 3 Large Carrots diced and chopped
  • 3 Medium sized russet potatoes
  • 4 Celery Stalks diced
  • 1 Large Onion diced
  • Half a cabbage
  • 1 cup of fresh corn
  • Seasonings: ½ tablespoon Garlic Salt and ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • Optional: Diced Jalapeno


  1. In a large crockpot add broth or water and season with garlic salt and pepper.
  2. Add in meat
  3. Add in chopped vegetables
  4. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or until meat is tender and falling off bones


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I’m Alana Yazzie! A fancy Diné (Navajo) lifestyle and food blogger from Phoenix, Arizona who loves to cook, eat, and drink coffee. I was born and raised in New Mexico, so I have a passion for spicy and Native American cuisine! I also love fashion and traveling. I enjoy sharing my travels, outfit of the day #ootd, and my food travels on my Instagram.

As a Navajo woman, I think its important to support Native American Owned businesses and to always buy native and local! I love to incorporate my Native American heritage into my every day life. From wearing turquoise jewelry that my husband, Turquoise Hogan makes, to cooking traditional Navajo food. I enjoy adding a Fancy Navajo twist to everything I do! On my blog, I share my recipes as well as Native American businesses that I love. So go take a peak!

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I am looking for Business that sell Mutton to the Navajo Community.
I am a regional sales manager for Superior farm ( Mutton/Lamb company )
My Number is 732-310-5868

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