Hearty Hunter's Stew Recipe
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Hearty Hunter's Stew Recipe

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Moist, tender meat and thick, rich gravy are the hallmarks of this classic recipe slow-simmered in a cast-iron pot.—Joyce Worsech, Catawba, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours 50 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours 50 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless venison or beef chuck roast, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 2 medium onions, cut in wedges
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 medium carrots, quartered
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and cubed
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 351 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 778mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 7g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil over medium heat. Add 4 cups water and scrape to loosen any browned drippings from pan. Add the tomato juice, onions, celery, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Discard bay leaves; add the carrots, rutabaga and potatoes. Cover and cook for 40-60 minutes.
  3. Stir in the peas; cook for 10 minutes. Combine cornstarch and remaining water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Hunter's Stew in Country Woman January/February 1991, p38

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mkaskela User ID: 6061564 243554
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016


MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 37319
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Made at hunting camp everybody loved it."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 9351
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"Made this the other night and it was SO good. I didnt have rutabaga on hand. But I did add fresh sliced mushrooms and it was very good."

judygreunke User ID: 3642649 37071
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"I heartily agree with cookieface's comment about being kind to all those making comments. There is no need to be condescending to anyone making a comment or asking a question."

Nonna2U User ID: 6678289 15789
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Good basic recipe but missing a few critical elements.

I put all the veggies in bottom of slow cooker. Season beef all over with salt and black pepper. I do not use cornstarch. For 3 - 4 Tbsp flour: I add my herbs & spices. In a bowl or plastic bag, combine meat & seasoned flour. Shake until there's a nice dusting of the meat. Place meat on top of vegetables in slow cooker. In answer to jefinch2: Keep in mind, veggies have water. There will be some meat drippings. The recipe calls for tomato juice. The lid will be on which traps the water content. Plus the steam created from cooking. There's a lot of water content - calling for less water than 4 ½ c in the recipe. I do add a ½ c wine to my stew. I, than, if needed, add enough water or broth to cover the veggies. I add the peas in the last 30 min of cooking. Sometimes I add a green leafy vegetable in the last 10 - 15 min."

linda1945 User ID: 1499751 21274
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"rutabaga is a root vegetable & you should find it in fresh produce section. For slow cooker method, I looked online & you should follow the instructions as listed except I would add the all the vegetables on top of the browned cubed beef EXCEPT the peas. Those I think should be added about 30 minutes before done. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours."

HomeEcMama User ID: 1912464 13378
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"This looks like a recipe I use often. As for slow cooker, I often brown my meat and saute onions and sometimes carrots, but not necessary. Make sure you leave the potatoes in larger chunks or they will mush out. Just add all the ingredients at the beginning and cook. My crockpot cooks slowly, so I usually cook on high all day and then turn in down to low for the last 2+ hours when I get home from work. Stew is a pretty successful crockpot dish and GREAT for tougher meats as they tenderize with the longer cooking times."

shonso User ID: 7100884 37070
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"What is rutabaga"

jefinch2 User ID: 1908971 5434
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Does anyone have any suggestions about method for doing in a slow cooker? Proportions of liquid would be different. (I had to choose a rating to submit. Sorry -- haven't tried it so picked 3 stars.)"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 12788
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I thought this recipe was excellent -- easy to prepare, with a delicious result! The tender pieces of beef and the flavorful vegetables all add up to a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, meal!"

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