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Hearty Baked Beef Stew

This is such an easy way to make a wonderful beef stew. You don't need to brown the meat first—just combine it with hearty chunks of carrots, potatoes and celery, and let it all cook together in a flavorful gravy. My daughter Karen came up with the recipe for her busy family. —Doris Sleeth, Naples, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 slice bread, cubed


  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, water, tapioca, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. or 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Serve in bowls.

Health tip
  • Beef that’s sold for stew is typically from lean, tougher cuts, like round or chuck, that become tender and flavorful when braised.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 300 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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    • Susan
      Oct 7, 2019

      This was so easy to make. I used a can of golden mushroom soup instead of the water and added some beef stock also. I would add less pepper next time but it was delicious.

    • Ladie_Phoenix
      Aug 28, 2019

      This has been a favorite recipe in our house for a few years now. Easy prep and delicious results. However, now that I live a low carb/sugar-free life, I've changed the recipe slightly. I leave out the potatoes, tapioca, and bread but add radishes, xantham gum, and less of the carrots. I also add mushrooms and green beans. Still delicious and you won't miss the higher carbs!

    • 2124arizona
      Jul 3, 2017

      We have fixed this many times and it's perfect everytime!! We love it!!

    • ahmom
      May 24, 2017

      My husband loved it and it was easy to prepare

    • lisa53202
      Mar 2, 2015

      Good stew; easy to prepare.

    • MIZER
      Jan 22, 2014

      I use can deer meat and it works just as good.

    • Kathleen A Stalker
      Mar 21, 2013

      Wonderful! Very filling, easy to put together. A great meal all by itself.

    • rmorse154
      Jan 7, 2013

      This is an easy way to make stew--I don't even bother to peel the potatoes and they come out just fine. The meat is tender, the veggies all cooked just right. My husband and I both love it. I do cut down on the salt a bit and it still tastes great.

    • 22Mommie22
      Jan 4, 2013

      I found this recipe years ago (about 14 years ago) and loved it! My Mom who hated beef stew loved this recipe. It's not a newly created dish but it is a family favorite here!

    • ccull55
      Oct 12, 2012

      This recipe is comfort food for sure! Smells so good while baking - one of my family favorites!