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French Beef Stew Recipe

French Beef Stew Recipe

When it comes to this thick down-home stew, Iola Egle lets her slow cooker do the work. "Then I simply toss together a green salad and dinner is ready," she pens from Bella Vista, Arkansas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 9 hours YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 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

Directions

  • 1. Place the potatoes in a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with the beef, carrots, onions and celery. in a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until vegetables and beef are tender. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 227 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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Rosemary Swope
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2017

"This stew is the best! My husband and I thank you for sharing your recipe Iola. It's a keeper!"

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LindaE123
Reviewed 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."

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NikNwo11
Reviewed 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."

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rarembu
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"My favorite. Very tasty"

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sjmdam
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"delicious best stew I have made so far great flavor!"

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SKelm
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"Wow!!! Best beef stew recipe ever!"

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angmclanc
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"This is so delicious. For a change I like to use V-8 instead of the tomato juice"

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Reviewed 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!!"

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shawnalton66
Reviewed 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!"

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administrator
Reviewed 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!"

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