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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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Made at hunting camp everybody loved it."

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."

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."

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."

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