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French Beef Stew Recipe

French Beef Stew Recipe

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 YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for French Beef Stew

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rarembu User ID: 878552 233058
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"My favorite. Very tasty"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 136141
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

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

SKelm User ID: 4660356 205215
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

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

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 112543
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 3572716 132229
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!!"

shawnalton66 User ID: 1602527 205214
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!"

administrator User ID: 1996148 52772
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!"

Coastiemom1 User ID: 1681238 52270
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."

MommyAustin User ID: 6342491 59916
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!"

MLDelorme User ID: 5969535 44615
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

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

ruthtroyer User ID: 4044769 44611
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"My sis-in -law had surgery so I made this recipe for my family and hers- everyone raved about it!"

misspooches User ID: 2582916 86454
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Excellent! My family loves, perfect quick hot meal for cold winter day!"

Jason_WI User ID: 5785239 54003
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"Great taste and easy to make. Even the leftovers were good eating."

decar48 User ID: 5127622 136114
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"There must have been something wrong with my slow cooker because it took 17 hours on low to do a 3 lb piece of meat. BUT it wasn't the meat that wasn't done it was the potatoes! I pulled them out and popped them in the micro because I couldn't wait any longer for them to get done. The flavor was excellent. Next time I will cook it on high for 5-6 hours I think."

kimberkane User ID: 3751089 59880
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"This one is a tried and true family favorite. All the kids (even my fussy eater) love it and request it often! Delicious and easy!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 88864
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"Great stew! Thick and full of flavor. Easy slow cooker recipe to pull together in a hurry."

myshell User ID: 1558506 44607
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"when the whole family loves it , then it's a keeper!"

justgottabezen User ID: 4387974 132069
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009 Edited Sep. 10, 2009


CinZimm User ID: 3378555 119895
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"I just made this recide and it is amazing! Delicious! I would highly recommend! I have a new recipe for my recipe box!


lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 132049
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"This is very good. The only change I made was to replace half of the water with red wine."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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