- 2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium parsnips, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes
- 1-1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking tapioca
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
- In a 5-qt. Dutch oven, combine all ingredients. Cover and bake at 300° for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, stirring every hour, or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Reviews forContest-Winning Easy Oven Stew
"This stew was delicious and so easy to put together. I did use potatoes instead of parsnips. The flavor was great. Loved using the tapioca. When everything was cooked and tender, it was nice having the gravy made and incorporated into the stew. You really do have to stir it or it will stick to the pan as it thickens. Thanks for a great recipe."
"Excellent dish no matter if you alter it to your family's taste or you stick to the recipe....this got rave reviews in my house...I too added potato,just out of personal preference."
"easy and good."
"This was the first time I baked stew. It was delicious! I also added potatoes instead of parsnips. I added 2 cans of stewed tomatoes instead of one, and substituted a corn starch slurry for the tapioca. I don't like coffee, so I deleted the coffee granules. I used a prepared spaghetti seasoning in place of the individual seasonings. I was impressed at how tender the stew meat was."
"This is our new best stew recipe!I used potatoes instead of parsnips, added brussels sprouts and mushrooms, and it was SO good. No need to add extra salt or anything."
"This is one of the best stew recipes I have tried. I used an equal amount of parsnips and potatoes. It was delicious!"
"This is the BEST and EASIEST stew recipe ever! It turns out thick and hearty and is perfect for a snowy, cold day! I also substitute potatoes for parsnips because it is our personal preference. SO delicious!!"
"Taste wonderful and easy to make. I will make this many times again. Thank you."
"This is the ONLY beef stew recipe we use!"