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Traditional Beef Stew

The aroma of this classic beef stew is irresistible, making it impossible not to dig in the moment you walk in the door. —Rosana Pape, Hamilton, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup drained diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 334 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 6g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable.

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  • pajamaangel
    Jun 25, 2018

    No comment left

  • 1914skin
    Dec 12, 2015

    Disappointing, bland ..... Sorry ..... Will look for other beef stew recipe

  • JGa2595176
    Nov 13, 2015

    Solid recipe, filling and warming. However, felt like it needed something else. Would obviously be easy to add an additional veggie or meat to jazz it up next time. Great recipe for a cold winter night.

  • leosmaw
    May 22, 2015

    After reading the reviews, I added garlic & the corn starch(didn't have the tapioca). Put everything in the crockpot on low and went to work. When I got home, turned it to high since my potatoes needed more cooking after 6 hrs. That did the trick. Hubby loved it. Will make again!!

  • gourmetwanttabe
    Mar 17, 2014

    Flavor was ok but I had to add much more liquid and finish in the oven for an hour and a half before it was done, Won't make again!

  • TCD1
    Feb 25, 2014

    I made this last night and added corn starch instead of tapioca because that was what I had. I also added dried thyme because it seemed a little bland. It came out delicious and I loved how the meat just fell apart. Next time I want to add a little red pepper and garlic just to give it a kick, but other than that I would not change a thing.

  • kaysmom2000
    Feb 20, 2014

    This was awesome!!! I did not use the tapioca or the tomatoes as I do not like them. I did double the recipe because I used a 3# chuck roast instead of stew meat. I took a few of the potatoes and a scoop of the veggies and put it in the blender with some of the beef broth and made my own gravy to pour over it all. It was delicious. I will be making again!!!

  • rjpjbp
    Dec 18, 2013

    I tried this tonight and my very picky husband loved it did not put tomatoes or tapioca in as husband don't like them but turned out good anyway will keep using this

  • wallynbob
    Jul 18, 2013

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  • Ayeager81
    Jan 23, 2013

    Very Very Good Flavor!