Savory Vegetable Beef Stew Recipe
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Savory Vegetable Beef Stew Recipe

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I've been cooking since I was 10 years old. One day, I plan to own a bed-and-breakfast inn. I look forward to the challenge of cooking for my future guests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 small potatoes, quartered
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 308 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 824mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in salad dressing over medium heat. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, green pepper and onion. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Combine flour and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Savory Vegetable Beef Stew in Country Extra September 2001, p51

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 55856
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"We weren't impressed by this recipe. To be fair, our expectations were high due to the rave reviews, but I probably won't make this again.

One thing I did like was using Italian dressing to to brown the meat. It added a little zing and I liked the interesting flavor.
Thanks for the recipe!"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 36596
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"I was a little disappointed with this. I thought

my family would rave about it ,but just said it was good, no "gotta make again"comments"

xicota User ID: 944314 36594
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"Fantastic recipe!! There aren't enough stars here to give this recipe the kudos it deserves. I made the stew with no changes, and my family LOVED it! I am actually throwing away my family recipe for stew, because it just cannot compete with this one. This stew is so rich and flavorful! Many thanks!!"

livinglife User ID: 3418947 31734
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"I loved this recipe!!! It was hit at my last potluck. This was the first time I have ever made a stew. But I will be sure to make this one again. I did make some changes: I used 2 cups of beef broth instead of 2 cups water and beef granules. I also used a 300 gram bag of frozen veggies (for ease of prep)it had peas, carrots, corn and green beans instead of recipes carrots/green pepper. All the colors looked beautiful!! I served this potato dumplings -Yum- real comfort food!"

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