Beef Stew for a Crowd

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours


22 servings (5-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Beef stew always seems to be popular at large gatherings. Everyone likes this hearty combination of beef, potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in a savory tomato-to-beef broth. —Jackie Holland, Gillette, Wyoming


  • 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water


  1. In a soup kettle, brown beef in oil; drain. Stir in the water, tomato sauce, bouillon, salt if desired and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and onions. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Combine flour and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 183 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 739mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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