Hearty Busy-Day Stew Recipe
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Hearty Busy-Day Stew Recipe

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When I was still living in Missouri, a friend gave me all of her family cookbooks. I got the idea for this easy stew from one of these books. Believe it or not, the taco seasoning adds just the right touch. —Kristen Hills, Layton, Utah
Featured In: Slow Cooker Superstars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 303 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 986mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first ten ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cook, covered, on high 30-45 minutes longer or until stew is slightly thickened. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Busy-Day Stew in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 256208
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2016

"We thought it was pretty bland. After its full cook time, I threw in 2 bay leaves and about a tablespoon more taco mix and set it on high for an hour, but it didn't save it. :("

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 255379
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2016

"My family loved this tasty, tender beef stew. I doubled the recipe, used a whole packet of Taco seasoning, & sliced the carrots. I didn't have room in the crockpot for the potatoes, so I served them as a side dish, boiled, cut into chunks, with butter and parsley. Excellent recipe!"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 233836
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"Wow, this stew is amazing! This will now be my go to recipe for beef stew. I made a few changes to the recipe, I added an entire packet of taco seasoning, I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes (one drained, the other undrained) instead of one can and one tomato, I used 2 beef bouillon cubes and 2 C of water instead of a can of broth, for the potatoes, I used a 1.5 lb bag of baby Yukon potatoes cut into bite sized pieces, I also I cut the baby carrots in half. It was done in my crockpot at 5.5 hrs and then I added the cornstarch mixture for an additional 30 mins as instructed."

taxpro2 User ID: 684987 227126
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"Very good--even 11 year old picky eater liked it. Flavor better 2nd and 3rd days! Makes a lot, so should feed a hungry family. It's a keeper and the taco seasoning is not noticeable, just a great flavor that blends."

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