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Barley Beef Stew Recipe

Barley Beef Stew Recipe

On cool days, which we get plenty of here, I like to get out my slow cooker and make up a batch of this comforting stew. Trying to appeal to 10 picky eaters in our large household is not too easy, but with this recipe, everyone asks for seconds. -Barb Smith, Regina, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans, thawed
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 3/4 cup medium pearl barley


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion in oil until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add water, tomato sauce, carrots, celery, salt, oregano, paprika and pepper.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Add the beans, corn and barley; cover and cook on low 2 hours longer or until barley, beef and vegetables are tender.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled stew in freezer containers and freeze up to 3 months. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 299 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 896mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Barley Beef Stew

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lynchbb User ID: 6831824 255776
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Have made this twice now. Love that it makes a big batch! Leftovers for work lunch are delicious the next day(s). I added 1 full cup barley for thickness. Thanks to the contributor for a great slow-cooker recipe!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 253344
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"I used beef instead of water and used tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano."

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 214517
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"Great stew!! I used round steak & would definitely add more liquid next time. But it was delicious!!"

PZsiray User ID: 174149 47615
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"Campbell's canned Beef & Barley soup was one of my favorites growing up. This is like an up-scale adult version (now that I can cook). Made it over the weekend and reheated for week-night dinner.Yummy"

nicholeandtravis User ID: 7070427 48536
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"Very tasty, comforting, basic recipe. My husband thought it was perfect. I would like to jazz it up a little with some red wine and spices for myself. Will make it again both ways."

pattym919 User ID: 7069626 29884
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Very good! I substituted baby butter beans for the green beans and used beef broth instead of just water. My family loved it!"

MissyAlora User ID: 6437830 24141
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"It was good. I'd add a little more liquid to it next time because it was a bit to thick for us."

RiverCityGal User ID: 6887257 58753
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"After working outdoors all day, it was wonderful to come in and feast on this delicious stew! I added one more cup of water and deleted the canola oil. With a warm corn muffin, it was a perfect meal!"

Fuddge User ID: 5322023 23872
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Everyone loved it. I added 2 Tblsp. Capers.

I love capers and I use them a lot ."

mehalv User ID: 4612167 29812
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"This recipe was good, but it was a bit on the bland side. Okay, but not amazing."

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 17876
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"great recipe. I doupled the amount of barley because I realy like it. Other than that, I made by the recipe. It does make alot. I can't wait to have it again tonite."

zonicray User ID: 2661477 48535
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"Great recipe!"

Ewwwwlala User ID: 905248 29875
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2009

"We loved this recipe! Then we put in fresh mushrooms instead of corn and it became a family favorite!"

PierceSM User ID: 1576329 23870
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"So easy and a great winter dish!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.