Home-Style Stew Recipe
- 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen vegetables for stew
- 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
- 1 envelope reduced-sodium onion soup mix
- 1. Place vegetables in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown beef on all sides.
- 2. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over the top.
- 3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 5 servings.
1-1/2 cups equals 415 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 1,205 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein.
Reviews for Home-Style Stew
"My husband made me promise to cook this again before the end of the month. He said that the gravy was the best he'd ever tasted!"
"I was skeptical at first about this. The soup combination sounded strange. I used fresh carrots, celery, and potatoes. Then added a can of mushrooms with the water. I had a package of garlic and onion dry dip mix that I'd had for a while that we had purchased at a craft fair so I put that in along with a partial package of onion soup mix. Cooked per instructions and it was the most yummy stew I've ever eaten. My husband loved it and had some buttered bread so he could mop up the gravy. It was a hit and so easy to make. This is my go to stew recipe now."
"I am trying this for the first time. First time I have ever made stew. I have it on low but it looks like the veggies are browning before the soup mixture even melts along with the frozen veggies. I added a cup of water. Am I doing something wrong?"
"Great recipe. I used Bloody Mary mix instead of Tomato soup ."
"THEE BEST I followed the recipe exactly.... the last half hour I added dumplings. I have served it many times to many friends. They all raved about it. Thank you Taste of home!"
"I agree with everyone else! This recipe tastes as if you spent a lot longer on it, it's delicious. I did thin it out just a little bit with V8 juice but not necessary, great just how it is. Served it over white jasmine rice-got many compliments! Will for sure make it again! THANK YOU!!!!!"
"I really enjoyed this stew. The flavor is wonderful. I have never used tomato soup in a stew recipe. It added just enough tomato flavor without being overwhelming. I am making it again tonight and am looking forward to enjoying it all over again. Easy and simple."
"This stew tastes almost as good as one which would take 4 times longer to prepare. When you're really pressed for time, or just want to spend your time doing something other than cooking, this recipe is for you. I even left out the browning step without noticing much difference, which makes it even more speedy."
"Great and easy stew. I agree with blclark63. Hints on what to add or tweak is great, but if one wants special diet foods, look for those on the web."
"I am so tired of people rating a recipe based on the sugar, salt and fat. If you want a recipe that is low on everything, then do your search according to your diet. I read reviews to see if it tastes good!!!!! Some people still eat REAL food. Most of the diet stuff has chemicals added. BTW, this is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing."
"Instead of Tomato Soup Try using V8 Juice instead,,,Great."
"I love this but I did substitute a can of diced tomatoes for the tomato soup - it is so easy and is ready when you get home from work - served with a crusty loaf of bread and it is delicious"
"This beef stew is one of the best tasting I have ever had! I used 1 1/4 lbs. of stew meat cut into small chunks, browned them and then cooked 8 hrs. on low. Meat was so tender. I used fresh veggies instead of frozen...... used 3 small red potatoes, cut into quarters, 1 small package of baby bella mushrooms, cut into quarters, 2 stalks of celery, sliced, 1 small sweet onion, large chopped, and 1 (16 oz.) bag of baby carrots cutting the thicker ones in half."
"For those who don't care for the addition of tomato soup, try using 2 cans of Golden Mushroom soup. If you are concerned about sodium, use the reduced sodium version of both the canned soup and dry soup mix. I am watching my carb intake, so I used cubed turnips instead of potatoes - no one knew the difference! If you decide to use turnips, don't put them in at the beginning or they will turn mushy. This is also better with fresh veggies. To keep it simple I buy them pre-cut and packaged at the supermarket. I found that a splash of good balsamic and Worcestershire brought it to a new level. My Mom would always add a tablespoon of ketchup to her beef stews and soups. I use Heinz balsamic ketchup when I don't have Worcestershire or balsamic vinegar on hand. Delicious!"
"Made this according to the instructions given. After several hours in the slow cooker the soup mixture just sat on top of the rest. Finally I stirred it together. I wasn't impressed with the tomato soup taste in it. I think if you just used 2 cans of mushroom soup it would be much better."
"This is a keeper. My crockpot cooked it faster than needed so vegetables were a little mushy . Will either start later or lower temp a bit,. Very easy - lots of flavor. Served with a French bread and a lettuce salad."
"Found this recipe a few years ago & made it a few times and everyone LOVED it. I made this stew for my boyfriend to take to his hunting cabin with a group of guys and they couldn't get enough of it. He brought me back a "clean" slow cooker....it still needed washed but they did everything except stick their heads in it & lick the sides."
"I have made this tasty recipe several times for my four picky grandsons. It is always a success."
"make sure to use lower sodium mix, very, very easy to make, double recipe if you have hungry kids or need lunch for the next day"
"It was slightly more tomatoey than I like my stews to be. I think if I put in a can of diced or stewed tomatoes instead of tomato soup that will help. Otherwise, this is a wonderful, warm and hearty recipe!"
"I made this tonight and my husband and I both really enjoyed it. I used low-sodium products where possible. I did not bother with browning the beef 1st, and it was just fine. I prefer if I do not have to cook the food before putting it in the crock pot! I will definitely make this one again."
"Really yummy and easy to make"
"I agree with Summy and BBreslow and anyone else who commented likewise regarding sodium. You can get reduced or no sodium substitutes for the soups. I for one do not use salt but that didn't stop me from making this wonderful recipe. Just used reduced sodium soups. It's not like your eating this every day. Thanks for the recipe Marie."
"Absolutely wonderful, Thanks so much for sharing. As for the sodium content.....lets just say I allowed (didn't really have a choice) all my teenage boys thirds. But then again, my boys still drink out of the water hose!!! :-P"
"I will be making this recipe this week and I do need to watch my sodium intake. For all the salt police out there, the recipe has five ingredients, two of which contain little to no sodium. Of the other three, all of them are available in low or no sodium versions.Please refrain from bashing the posters and users of recipes that may not have ideal levels of sodium, cholesterol, fat, or whatever. The only thing required for healthy eating is balance. If you have three portions of this every day for a month, probably not a good thing, but for a meal once or twice a month you are certainly not hurting anything if you maintain a balanced diet."
"Thank you so much for sharing such an easy and quick recipe. Just what I need! Please folks, stop trying to advise me about how much salt to eat or what I should and should not feed my children. Just say "thanks for sharing", or better yet, say nothing at all if you don't "approve"."
"I love this stew :) if it goes in the crock pot its for me been using the crockpot for 40 years i had one of the first ones loved it from day one but i read the commentaries pros and cons and can see yes the sodium is excessively high is this a typo ? This delish recipe (if not a typo ) has 3 x the sodium as potato chips . I think you guys and gals who were bashing the salt police were a little too extreme they have every right to voice there opinion as well as you and they are right like i said unless its a typo this is pretty hefty sodium we are talking here I myself didnt even think to look till I saw everyone making such a big hopty do about it :) Sometimes good does come out of bad :)"
"Great simple recipe!!If you can't eat it then DON'T"
"I fully intend to try this recipe. I do agree with several of these people too, that instead of being negative, perhaps offer a solution?? Or better yet, go elsewhere where they have salt reduced recipes. I'm sure there are websites out there. For me.. i'm absolutely going to try this. The picture alone makes my mouth water."
"Too high in salt."
"i agree with Summy about all the negative comments. I seldom read the reviews any more because of the reviewers who never make the recipe but critique it. It is good recipe, easy to make with items on hand."
"I am just so tired of the food police. I haven't tried this yet but fully intend to try it. You people really should just subscribe to the healthy food sites or just change the recipe to your taste instead of complaining."
"Um, wow...I sure wish all sodium-haters would stop passing judgement on recipes. There are always ways to make recipes lower in sodium. There are low or no sodium soups that can be substituted. For people like myself, with very low blood pressure, sodium isn't a problem. And, for others, a periodic indulgence can be much more healthy than the stress of constantly avoiding those things we desire. There. I said it. I'm off my soap box, and going to exercise with a Leslie Sansone "Walk at Home" DVD. xo :)"
"Way too much sodium. Not a healthy dish to serve anyone let alone children."
"This stew recipe is so quick and so good, I have to double or triple the recipe. It is a left-over that my daughter will eat."
"Woah! Look at the high sodium content!"
"I dont know how I messed this up but it was HORRIBLE. No one ate it. I think canned stew would have tasted better than this. Sorry it was just not good"
"Delicious stew! I know I will continue to make this recipe from now on. It was just as delicious warmed up the next day!"
"This recipe was amazing loved the flavor. I used fresh veggies. And added a cup of beef bullion. My kids loved it LOVED IT"
"Susan Chickness is wrong - 1,250 mg, while a lot for one serving, is too low a daily intake of sodium. I'm an RN and even people who have heart trouble should take in about 2,000 mg a day. Salt has iodine and other ingredients our bodies need. To reduce the per serving sodium of this recipe, just use low-salt cream of mushroom and tomato soup instead of regular - that should pare it down considerably."
"I thought reviews were for those who actually made the recipe, not a commentary on ingredients, cooking methods or nutritional values? If you object to the numbers simply close the window and go to the healthy section. No comment requried."
"Than you, Susan Chickness, for calling attention to the high sodium content. Way too much."
"Did your Mother ever teach you"If you do not have anything nice to say do not say anything at all" Susasan Chickness. So use love sodium. Sound wonderful plan on making!"
"the sodium content is unbelieveable-----1250 is all you need for a day let alone one meal"
"This is a very hearty meal. It was sooooo easy to make! Wonderful!! I did have to add a cup of water though."
"My husband and our friends loved this stew. It was delicious and easy to make. I added a little pepper for spice and it was great."
"I put in 1 cube of beef buillon and used fresh veggies and onions."
"I've made this twice, and I really like it. I didn't use the slow cooker and used my own veggies, but I love the combination of mushroom, tomato, and onion soup in the sauce."
"My family loves this stew! I never have the frozen veggies on hand, so I just use some raw carrots and potato. Even my picky 7 year old eats this well."
"Loved it! Didn't have frozen veggies so I used fresh carrots and cut up 3 large potatoes. Cooked 7.5 hours on low. Fabulous!"
"Outstanding! I added 1/2 cup water. Very tasty!"
"I made this stew today. Is there really no water?"
"Delicious and so easy to make!! The gravy turned out great - everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing!"
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.