All-American Beef Stew Recipe
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All-American Beef Stew Recipe

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My mother was born and raised in Japan and wasn't familiar with many American dishes when she married my father and moved to the States. This is one of the recipes her mother-in-law handed down to her. —Frances Aldal, Antelope, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 6 medium carrots, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 324 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. Place 1/2 cup flour, seasoned salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil in batches. Remove and set aside. Add 4 cups water to the pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Add the onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, paprika, allspice, bay leaf and remaining pepper. Return beef to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender.
  4. Combine remaining flour and water until smooth; stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as All-American Beef Stew in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p62

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Russ420 User ID: 7253710 177012
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"I'd like to thank you for posting this recipe on here. I made this for my family tonight, had to double it because I have a large family, we all loved it. I followed the recipe exact and we did not find it to be too thick or too bland. I tried missy0515's suggestion, didn't have time to make biscuits but bought some rolls instead and it was perfect, so I do suggest making biscuits if you have the time or buying some rolls. Thank you again I highly appreciate you posting this and it will now be how we have our beef Stew!"

missy0515 User ID: 7134623 106157
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"I followed the recipe exactly and it was very delicious! Will definitely make it again. My family and I liked the thickness of it. I made biscuits with it and it was a perfect meal. Not bland at all."

mimi0415 User ID: 2197463 106156
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"I have made this stew twice now, and both times it was delicious. I don't understand why someone would think that it is bland. I used all the seasonings and was very pleased with the taste. I agree not to add more flour at the end. I added some kernel corn to the recipe. It was just the right meal to warm us up this winter."

angeladykstra User ID: 6530734 90946
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"It is pretty bland, needs some serious sprucing up!"

cherstad User ID: 2390261 158458
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"I made this stew as directed, and we really enjoyed the taste of it. The beef was very tender! However, after adding the remaining flour/water in the final step, the stew was much too thick. I would make this again, but I don't think it's necessary to add any more flour to the stew at the end."

rykirk1701e User ID: 5850325 115705
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"very bland. but the beef was nice and tender."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 179652
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"It might have been "Rated" 18 times, which simply means someone clicked on the star rating without writing an actual review."

auggiebelle User ID: 5877300 160774
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I am confused about the ratings on this. When I first saw it it said 18 reviews and rated 4 1/2 stars, but when you click on the actual recipe there aren't any reviews to look at. Anyhow, I made as directed, but upon tasting didn't like the strong lemon flavor at all. I modified the recipe by adding 3 bouillion cubes, some frozen peas, and a little bit of browning sauce. It was ALOT better than."

mrsvette User ID: 834250 94462
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"To put it nicely my hubby doesn't like beef stew! Well he asked for more! Nice and simple and great for keeping within ones budget these days."

Lisa-Lou User ID: 5737367 163695
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"I tried this recipe based on the number of good reviews. It was my first time making stew. I thought it turned out really tasty & my family also liked it. I'll be keeping this recipe."

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