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Beef Stew with Cheddar Dumplings Recipe

Beef Stew with Cheddar Dumplings Recipe

My family asks for this stew just about every week. But it's perfect for company, too—it's easy, and everyone comments on the cheese in the dumplings. —Jackie Riley, Garrettsville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:6-8 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 (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup milk


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil in batches.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Add carrots and onion. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Stir in green beans.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without browning sauce): 441 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1627mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 269488
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

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

Summersh User ID: 6640270 264804
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"Very good. Even my pickiest eater liked it."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 261719
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7981779 34251
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"Delicious stew and the dumplings are excellent!"

Marcedag User ID: 6319329 11679
Reviewed 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 User ID: 87898 12404
Reviewed 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."

barbkansas User ID: 7209201 10355
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"Totally love these, the dumplings are to die for!"

LawP User ID: 5570373 33873
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"This stew has become a family favorite for years. The dumplings are simply the best and the flavor of the soup is so rich and beefy it satisfies my carnivores."

LaurenDillon User ID: 3582384 14742
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. My family isn't a huge fan of the dumplings so I added potatoes to the stew and omitted the dumplings. Great flavor, this will definitely be a staple at our house over the winter!"

kjskjg212 User ID: 115031 23976
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"Love this stew! I make it with frozen green beans and hardly ever make the dumplings, and it's still delicious!"

Christy622 User ID: 5273151 31823
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"This was excellent :)Even my 2 year old loved it!"

nesta85way User ID: 4237976 201228
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"I added celery -- an addition that I definitely liked. This is a great meal, and it's not hard to fix at all."

kightlis User ID: 4315427 31820
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"This was a great dinner! I thickened the stew a little before putting the dumplings on. Will definitely make this again!"

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