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Beef and Onion Stew

Few things can soften winter's bite better than a hearty stew, and this one is guaranteed to tame even the coldest winter day! The recipe has its origins in Germany and is familiar throughout central Missouri - home to many German families. It's great for what I call a "one-pot" meal.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cups diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Cooked rice or noodles


  • Dredge meat in flour; brown in butter in a Dutch oven. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add broth, vinegar, tomato paste and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender. Serve over rice or noodles.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 270 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 1000mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • mdbull4
    Mar 3, 2014

    This was delicious! Although we didn't use that much salt...use your taste preferences. I don't use much salt & my family is used to it. We ate ours on egg noodles, it was really, really good! We did add fresh mushrooms in with the onions too :)

  • pinksuitcases
    Apr 9, 2013

    Yummy. I doubled the "sauce" ingredients and added a bunch of fresh green beans to the pot just before simmering. I didn't have lemon pepper, so I just left it out. Still delicious!

  • carolanne1210
    Jan 19, 2011

    I followed this precisely by ingredients, but after browning the beef and onions, I threw it into a crockpot for 4 hours. Very good, but My husband and I both thought the thyme was a bit heavy. I'll be trying this again, but without- or with much less- thyme.

  • kmstrope
    Nov 15, 2010

    I loved this flavorful recipe! I added a small package of frozen spinach during the cooking time and the end result tastes wonderful! Served over noodles with warm slices of french bread... this meal is simply fantastic.

  • crsmith6196
    Apr 25, 2010

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  • barbk418
    Mar 1, 2010

    Turned out delicious. The meat was extremely tender but didn't fall apart. Zesty flavor that even my fussy kids loved. For pepper lovers, it would be excellent with green pepper.

  • martinna
    Sep 28, 2008

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  • FriedaG
    Jul 23, 2007

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