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French Beef Stew

 French Beef Stew
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.
8-10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat and vegetables are
  • tender. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 227 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 942 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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