Zesty Beef Stew Recipe
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Zesty Beef Stew Recipe

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Preparation couldn't be simpler for this hearty no-fuss stew! I created this dish when I didn't have some of my usual ingredients for vegetable beef soup. My husband says it's the best I ever made! —Margaret Turza, South Bend, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 251 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 526mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Beef Stew in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007, p46

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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[email protected] User ID: 1202636 207094
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Delicious! The stew beef comes out very tender and the pizza sauce provides extra kick. I added 1/4 teaspoon of granulated garlic."

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 80222
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"Sorry, tried it twice. Really wanted it to work. Maybe I went too cheap on the beef? We genuinely enjoyed the barley."

Mark3005 User ID: 6172500 146086
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"I did add two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to this and other than that, I thought it was the best beef stew that I've had."

tracy197600 User ID: 3040337 131507
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"This is amazing!!!! AWESOME!!!! I would rate it higher if I could!!!!"

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