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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MY REVIEW 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 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 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 131507
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

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

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