Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew Recipe
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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew Recipe

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Here is a variation of a beef stew that I came across. With sweet flavor from apricots and squash, we think it has South American or Cuban flair. The addition of corn makes it even more hearty. —Ruth Rodriguez of Fort Myers Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 6 dried apricots or peaches, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 278 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 717mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein


  1. In a nonstick skillet, brown beef in oil over medium heat. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the broth, tomatoes, squash, corn, apricots, carrot, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until vegetables and meat are tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir in parsley. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Vegetable Beef Stew in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p29

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"LOVE this stew. It has a very slight sweet taste. Tonight I served it over mashed potatoes. Yum. Probably have made this stew about 10 times. Delightful"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I love the butternut squash and I used sliced peaches instead of the apricots."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"This is absolutely the BEST beef stew I have ever eaten! Easy to make and just a wonderful flavor. I will definitely make this again and again!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"I found throw this recipe that I don`t like butternut squash, it was so soft and had little bit sour taste. We had difficult time to eat this stew."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious- not only did it taste wonderful- it was beautiful too! I will make this again and again. Perfect for Fall!!! Instead of stew meat I used London Broil cut in small pieces."

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