Classic Beef Stew Recipe
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Classic Beef Stew Recipe

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Here's a good old-fashioned stew with rich beef gravy that lets the flavor of the potatoes and carrots come through. This is the perfect hearty dish for a blustery winter day. I make it often this time of year. — Alberta McKay, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup sliced celery (1-inch lengths)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 245 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 751 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. In an oven-proof Dutch oven, brown beef in batches in oil; drain. Return all meat to the pan. Add onions, tomatoes, broth, tapioca, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.
  2. Cover stew and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours. Stir in carrots, potatoes and celery. Bake, covered, 1 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Classic Beef Stew in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 245 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 751 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"an awesome recipe that shows you just how easy it is to produce a gorgeous stew,I managed it!!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"I made this the other night. It was awesome. Great flavor and pretty easy. I did not cook in oven, just my stove top and cooked it a little longer. Got two thumbs up around the table. Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Made this with some changes based on my pantry. Here are the changes- put some flour on meat before cooking. Added all meat back in and then cooked with the onions. Then added the tomatoes, CHICKEN Broth. Didn't have tapioca so added 2 tablespoons of brown gravy mix. Added then 1/4 cup basalmic vinegar and 3/4 cup water. Used all the rest of the ingredients and brought to a boil. Followed the rest of the recipe as listed. Definitely would make again."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"I've made this several times now, and we love it!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Very good and meaty. I didn't have tapioca so I didn't add that, but followed the rest of the recipe to the letter. I might add a little V8 juice to the stew next time to give it a little more of a tomatoey flavor, but it really is wonderful as is."

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