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Baked Beef Stew

When I was growing up in Ohio, my mother often made this stew for Sunday dinner. She'd put it in the oven before we left for church, and I remember how pleasant it was to come home to such a wonderful aroma! No one ever was late sitting down at the table on those days!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into strips
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup thickly sliced celery
  • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 slice bread, crumbled
  • 1 cup water


  • In large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Spoon into a greased 3-qt. casserole. Cover and bake at 325° for 3-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 356 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Sue
    Oct 4, 2020

    I have made this stew recipe for years. Everyone loves it. I’m going to try it today with pork cubes

  • angel4shario
    Apr 8, 2013

    No comment left

  • Delainessister
    Feb 16, 2012

    I noticed the recipe had NO spices listed. I did some tweeking to give it more flavor by adding salt and pepper, garlic, Fine Herbs seasoning, catsup, and worcestershire sauce. I used beef broth instead of water, and Wondra flour instead of tapioca. I also added 1 turnip, 1 green pepper, and 3 parsnips because that is what I use in a stovetop version of mine. I checked it after 2 hours and added some more beef broth, and 10 minutes before the end of baking, I sprinkled in the Wondra flour. After the tweeking it was very good and I will make it again.

  • fpkruse
    May 5, 2010

    oh so good! I didn't have tapioca on hand so just used flour - it was great.

  • markgladding
    Feb 28, 2010

    Meat is super tender, the gravy is the perfect consistency, this is really good. I added some sliced cremini mushrooms and used a can of fire-roasted tomatoes for the diced tomatoes, and it is just tasty!

  • PABerard
    Nov 14, 2009

    Oh is this good on a cold school night! Thank you!

  • heidisilvan
    Apr 9, 2008

    sodium looks a little high!

  • o2btall34
    Feb 1, 2008

    can you use corn starch in place of tapioca