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Busy Day Beef Stew Recipe
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Busy Day Beef Stew Recipe

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Here's a classic old-fashioned beef stew that simmers for hours in the slow cooker. I call it my "lazy" stew because it's so easy to make on busy days. Perfect for hearty appetites, it's guaranteed to keep folks coming back for more!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (1 to 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 6 to 8 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, optional
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cold water

Directions

  1. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with soup mix, browning sauce if desired, salt and pepper. Pour water over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast to a cutting board; let stand for 5 minutes. Add vegetables to slow cooker. Cube beef and return to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 1-1/2 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Busy Day Beef Stew in Country Woman November/December 2001, p29

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

I have to agree with the previous post. Frankly, I wonder how this recipe became a contest winner. I have many other better stew recipes. I hate to pan other people's recipes, but there it is. May using apple cider instead of so much water would help - apple and onion are a great combo of flavors.

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

I found this stew to be rather bland, with too much broth, even when thickened.

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Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

I was wondering if this has a onion flavor to this stew with adding the onion soup mix?

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