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Loaded Vegetable Beef Stew

I first had this dish during a trip to Argentina a few years ago. It inspired me to recreate it at home. It turned out so well, I wrote "Yum!" on the recipe card! —Kari Caven, Post Falls, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (1-1/3 cups each)


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 medium tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, brown beef in batches. Refrigerate the bacon until serving.
  • In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, green peppers, thyme and garlic. Top with beef. Pour broth over the top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Stir in cabbage and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Sprinkle each serving with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 336 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • oreo95
    Mar 1, 2015

    Made this recipe exactly as written, just made 1/2 batch! It is excellent, meat was so tender and everyone commented on the great smells while cooking. Agree with some of the other reviews as needing a little seasoning. Great comfort food! Thank you for another yummy recipe!

  • Apie26
    Jul 25, 2014

    Amazingly delicious!! I love cooking with squashes, but my family is not a big fan of it. This is a great stew that pleased everyone.

  • pixiedawn
    Apr 22, 2013

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  • leslie1966
    Jan 20, 2013

    Really good. A great comfort food. I did use canned tomatoes instead of fresh. I also halved the recipe and it still made a ton!

  • celestie4
    Nov 8, 2012

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  • marlowesmom
    Sep 11, 2012

    Great recipe. I had to add onion and garlic with the beef for my obsessive family. I also halved the bacon to reduce the fat a little. Thanks for sharing.

  • SandyD8
    Dec 6, 2010

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    Nov 9, 2010

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    Oct 27, 2010

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  • Marnelle
    Oct 20, 2010

    This was so good! I agree that it does need a little more seasoning, but, that is pretty typical of any stew and was easy enough to adjust. I think next time I will add an onion. Also, I halved the recipe and it totally filled my 3 1/2 qt crock pot. Delicious!