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Beef Stew with Cheddar Dumplings

My family asks for this rich stew just about every week. Perfect for company, it’s easy and everyone comments on the cheddar cheese in the dumplings. —Jackie Riley, Garrettsville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup whole milk


  • In a large bowl or dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and toss to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil in batches.
  • Stir in the water, bouillon, browning sauce if desired, onion salt and garlic salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add carrots and onion. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Stir in green beans.
  • For dumplings, combine biscuit mix and cheese. Stir in enough milk to form a soft dough. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering stew. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes (do not lift cover) or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 441 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1627mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • Sheridan
    Feb 2, 2021

    My family loves this recipe! It has become a winter staple for us.

  • rozwell
    Nov 19, 2019

    Made this w/out the cheddar biscuits. It’s a keeper hubs said.

  • _nlfPA
    Feb 21, 2019

    This is a wonderful supper on cold winter days. Stick to your ribs food and tasty too!

  • K.
    Nov 3, 2018

    This stew is great and the cheddar dumplings are wonderful.

  • grandmascooking22
    Jul 15, 2017

    Really has a rich, robust flavor. Love the Cheddar biscuits. I added potatoes to make the soup a little heartier.

  • Summersh
    Apr 18, 2017

    Very good. Even my pickiest eater liked it.

  • LeslieH
    Feb 23, 2017

    Very tasty and easy to make. Like other reviewers, I added potatoes and celery instead of dumplings as my husband loves his potatoes. A definite make again on a winter night.

  • kckamargo63
    Nov 17, 2014

    Delicious stew and the dumplings are excellent!

  • Marcedag
    Mar 13, 2014

    My family enjoyed this recipe, especially the dumplings! We try a lot of different recipes to change things up a bit and most are just okay. This one is a keeper and worth trying. My boys (16 & 18) are my best testers and they gave it a thumbs up! I used college inn beef broth instead of water and bouillon.

  • Jolena
    Feb 26, 2014

    My husband made this last night for dinner. It was just delicious! The stew makes and nice thick gravy. He used beef bullion for 3 cups of the water. The dumpling were to die for. We will make this again & again. Yummy!! I love the Taste of Home Recipes and am always trying new ones.