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Hearty Baked Beef Stew Recipe

Hearty Baked Beef Stew Recipe

"This is such an easy way to make a wonderful beef stew," beams Doris Sleeth of Naples, Florida. "You don't need to brown the meat first—just combine it with hearty chunks of carrots, potatoes and celery...and let it all cook together in a flavorful gravy. My daughter Karen came up with the recipe for her busy family."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 slice bread, cubed


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, water, tapioca, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. or 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Serve in bowls. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 300 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 628 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Baked Beef Stew

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Good stew; easy to prepare."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"I use can deer meat and it works just as good."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"Wonderful! Very filling, easy to put together. A great meal all by itself."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"This is an easy way to make stew--I don't even bother to peel the potatoes and they come out just fine. The meat is tender, the veggies all cooked just right. My husband and I both love it. I do cut down on the salt a bit and it still tastes great."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I found this recipe years ago (about 14 years ago) and loved it! My Mom who hated beef stew loved this recipe. It's not a newly created dish but it is a family favorite here!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"This recipe is comfort food for sure! Smells so good while baking - one of my family favorites!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"making this again today"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Delicious & simple!"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"This recipe is awesome for busy parents. Quick, easy, and delicious! Love the big chunks, but if you don't want it that way, it is very easy to cut everything smaller after it bakes. We plan to make this often in our house!"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"Thank you for this recipe. It was very good. Because I had 16 oz. of mixed vegetables, I used them instead of the carrots and I diced the meat and potatoes, so everything would cook uniformly. Unfortunately, I forgot the onion, but this was still very good. Thank you again. I hope to see more recipes from you!

*Just out of curiosity, what purpose is the bread? I can understand the minute tapioca, just not the bread."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"Delicious. I perfect blend of flavors. The meat is always tender when I make this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"This was quick and easy. I half-cooked the meat on the stove top, but then added all the cooking juices and meat to the stew. Very good and made the house smell wonderful!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"Fantastic beef stew recipe. It was so easy I was worried about there not being enough flavor. I was very wrong! I followed the recipe except I used Hunt's basil, garlic, and oregano tomatoes and seared the beef first. What a wonderfully tasty and simple dish!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"This is such an easy, delicious recipe! I added two bay leaves and substituted beef broth for the water. My college roommates and I loved it."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"IF you omit the bread, or use gluten free bread, this recipe can be gluten free. (Check individual ingredients.)"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"My family could not say enough about this yummy stew. I was so happy that it was so simple to make. Definately a recipe box keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"Delicious! Great flavor. My family likes more sauce with their stew. I added a can of beef broth and one more tablespoon of instant tapioca. I also browned the beef cubes first to give them a little more flavor."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"This recipe was really flavorful. Cooked it for the full two hours and the meat and vegetables were really tender. Great!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"This dish is fast, easy and very good!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2008 Edited Sep. 17, 2012

"I've been making this for years -it's my all time favorite recipe for beef stew! It's so easy to put together and it tastes wonderful! We love it!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2008

"This is a wonderful recipe.....I used to make my stews in pressure cooker but now all my pressure cooker does is collect baked stew. I sometimes add some extra veggies, what ever is in my fridge.


Reviewed Nov. 9, 2008

"My husband prepared this for the family this evening and it is by far one of the best stews that I've had in a while! Easy to make, little preparation mess and it tastes excellent! Thank you!"

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