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French Beef Stew Recipe
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French Beef Stew Recipe

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When it comes to this thick down-home stew, Iola Egle lets her slow cooker do the work. "Then I simply toss together a green salad and dinner is ready," she pens from Bella Vista, Arkansas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 227 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes in a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with the beef, carrots, onions and celery. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the vegetables.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as French Beef Stew in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p21

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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


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rarembu
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"My favorite. Very tasty"

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sjmdam
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"delicious best stew I have made so far great flavor!"

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SKelm
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"Wow!!! Best beef stew recipe ever!"

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angmclanc
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"This is so delicious. For a change I like to use V-8 instead of the tomato juice"

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chrissteve@sio.midco.net
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"This is the best beef stew recipe I have tried. This time I had some leftovers so I turned them into beef potpies. What a hit!!"

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shawnalton66
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"I've been making this recipe for years now and it's always my "go to" recipe for a great, hearty beef stew. I've shared this recipe with many friends and family when I've been asked about a good beef stew. I use V-8 as well when I don't have regular tomato juice on hand. I won't go with any other recipe. I serve with some fresh baked dinner rolls. Talk about a great Fall/Winter meal. YUM!! This one is excellent!"

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administrator
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"I also made this with V-8 juice and I added a can of cream of mushroom soup. This was absolutely wonderful! The taste was supurb!"

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Coastiemom1
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This has the best flavor. used V-8 juice instead of tomato. Put in the crock pot for

next day after church Sunday meal. I will make again."

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MommyAustin
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Fantastic stew! I cut the onions into bigger chunks instead of slices. I served with biscuits! It was thick, hearty, and delicious! Total comfort food!"

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MLDelorme
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"All this need was some more taste. It lack some flavor."

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