Butternut Beef Stew

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7 hours


4 servings

Updated: Apr. 16, 2022
I tweaked this recipe I found in a magazine to suit my taste for sweet and spicy. I found that pureeing the tomatoes added a thicker consistency without using flour.—Erin Lembke, Monroe, Washington
Butternut Beef Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the squash, cabbage, red pepper and celery.
  2. In a blender, combine tomatoes and brown sugar. Cover and process until blended. Pour over vegetables. Combine the broth, adobo sauce, oregano, salt and pepper; add to slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 377 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1047mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g protein.