French Beef Stew
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 4 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 3 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 cups tomato juice
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Place the potatoes in a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with the beef, carrots, onions and celery. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the vegetables.
- Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 227 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.
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Nov 25, 2017
This stew is the best! My husband and I thank you for sharing your recipe Iola. It's a keeper!
Jun 3, 2017
This came out fabulously. I'd like to add a couple of tips for anyone wondering... I cooked mine for 6 hours on high as opposed to 9-10 hours on low and it's absolutely perfect. Also, since I had every ingredient except the tomato juice, I used a can of Campbell's tomato soup and mixed in enough water to the soup to equal 2 cups. Worked beautifully. Oh and I tossed in a couple handfuls of frozen peas, simply because we love peas in our stews.This is an awesome recipe that is definitely a keeper.
Mar 2, 2017
This was a very tasty stew. Mine was much more "red" looking than the photo (not a bad thing). I would cook it less, due to the potatoes and carrots being TOO fall-apart at the 8 hour mark.
Sep 17, 2015
My favorite. Very tasty
Nov 9, 2014
delicious best stew I have made so far great flavor!
Apr 9, 2014
Wow!!! Best beef stew recipe ever!
Dec 12, 2013
This is so delicious. For a change I like to use V-8 instead of the tomato juice
Dec 5, 2013
This is the best beef stew recipe I have tried. This time I had some leftovers so I turned them into beef potpies. What a hit!!
Dec 8, 2012
I've been making this recipe for years now and it's always my "go to" recipe for a great, hearty beef stew. I've shared this recipe with many friends and family when I've been asked about a good beef stew. I use V-8 as well when I don't have regular tomato juice on hand. I won't go with any other recipe. I serve with some fresh baked dinner rolls. Talk about a great Fall/Winter meal. YUM!! This one is excellent!
Apr 4, 2012
I also made this with V-8 juice and I added a can of cream of mushroom soup. This was absolutely wonderful! The taste was supurb!