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Hearty Busy-Day Stew

When I was still living in Missouri, a friend gave me all of her family cookbooks. I got the idea for this easy stew from one of these books. Believe it or not, the taco seasoning adds just the right touch. —Kristen Hills, Layton, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first ten ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cook, covered, on high 30-45 minutes longer or until stew is slightly thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 303 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 986mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • kerrynjames
    Oct 31, 2016

    We thought it was pretty bland. After its full cook time, I threw in 2 bay leaves and about a tablespoon more taco mix and set it on high for an hour, but it didn't save it. :(

  • KristineChayes
    Oct 13, 2016

    My family loved this tasty, tender beef stew. I doubled the recipe, used a whole packet of Taco seasoning, & sliced the carrots. I didn't have room in the crockpot for the potatoes, so I served them as a side dish, boiled, cut into chunks, with butter and parsley. Excellent recipe!

  • lmmanda
    Oct 1, 2015

    Wow, this stew is amazing! This will now be my go to recipe for beef stew. I made a few changes to the recipe, I added an entire packet of taco seasoning, I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes (one drained, the other undrained) instead of one can and one tomato, I used 2 beef bouillon cubes and 2 C of water instead of a can of broth, for the potatoes, I used a 1.5 lb bag of baby Yukon potatoes cut into bite sized pieces, I also I cut the baby carrots in half. It was done in my crockpot at 5.5 hrs and then I added the cornstarch mixture for an additional 30 mins as instructed.

  • taxpro2
    May 29, 2015

    Very good--even 11 year old picky eater liked it. Flavor better 2nd and 3rd days! Makes a lot, so should feed a hungry family. It's a keeper and the taco seasoning is not noticeable, just a great flavor that blends.