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Home-Style Stew Recipe

Home-Style Stew Recipe

My husband and I both work full time and we have three daughters, so good, quick meals are important. This stew works wonders. It always tastes great and is a regular menu item for us. —Marie Shanks, Terre Haute, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:5 servings


  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen vegetables for stew
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium onion soup mix


  • 1. Place vegetables in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown beef on all sides.
  • 2. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over the top.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 415 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 1205mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 1426899 257209
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2016

"Excellent! easy to prep the night before and cook. I don't like mushroom so I substituted celery. Definitely will be making many times this winter! Yum!,"

recipe book User ID: 8786224 245136
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"My husband made me promise to cook this again before the end of the month. He said that the gravy was the best he'd ever tasted!"

springman User ID: 8670103 244112
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"I was skeptical at first about this. The soup combination sounded strange. I used fresh carrots, celery, and potatoes. Then added a can of mushrooms with the water. I had a package of garlic and onion dry dip mix that I'd had for a while that we had purchased at a craft fair so I put that in along with a partial package of onion soup mix. Cooked per instructions and it was the most yummy stew I've ever eaten. My husband loved it and had some buttered bread so he could mop up the gravy. It was a hit and so easy to make. This is my go to stew recipe now."

missel1968 User ID: 8699767 241837
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I am trying this for the first time. First time I have ever made stew. I have it on low but it looks like the veggies are browning before the soup mixture even melts along with the frozen veggies. I added a cup of water. Am I doing something wrong?"

eubecknx User ID: 2946462 237197
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"Great recipe. I used Bloody Mary mix instead of Tomato soup ."

1914skin User ID: 8300958 235749
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"THEE BEST I followed the recipe exactly.... the last half hour I added dumplings. I have served it many times to many friends. They all raved about it. Thank you Taste of home!"

Moemoe67 User ID: 7639077 235729
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"I agree with everyone else! This recipe tastes as if you spent a lot longer on it, it's delicious. I did thin it out just a little bit with V8 juice but not necessary, great just how it is. Served it over white jasmine rice-got many compliments! Will for sure make it again! THANK YOU!!!!!"

[email protected] User ID: 7994963 234119
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"I really enjoyed this stew. The flavor is wonderful. I have never used tomato soup in a stew recipe. It added just enough tomato flavor without being overwhelming. I am making it again tonight and am looking forward to enjoying it all over again. easy and simple."

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 233479
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"This stew tastes almost as good as one which would take 4 times longer to prepare. When you're really pressed for time, or just want to spend your time doing something other than cooking, this recipe is for you. I even left out the browning step without noticing much difference, which makes it even more speedy."

ruth43 User ID: 2528703 221200
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Great and easy stew. I agree with blclark63. Hints on what to add or tweak is great, but if one wants special diet foods, look for those on the web."

blclark63 User ID: 2203493 182880
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"I am so tired of people rating a recipe based on the sugar, salt and fat. If you want a recipe that is low on everything, then do your search according to your diet. I read reviews to see if it tastes good!!!!! Some people still eat REAL food. Most of the diet stuff has chemicals added. BTW, this is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing."

jmchadtv User ID: 699727 183973
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"Instead of Tomato soup Try using V8 Juice instead,,,Great."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 170684
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"I love this but I did substitute a can of diced tomatoes for the tomato soup - it is so easy and is ready when you get home from work - served with a crusty loaf of bread and it is delicious"

ivorykeys User ID: 7909575 144742
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"This beef stew is one of the best tasting I have ever had! I used 1 1/4 lbs. of stew meat cut into small chunks, browned them and then cooked 8 hrs. on low. Meat was so tender. I used fresh veggies instead of frozen...... used 3 small red potatoes, cut into quarters, 1 small package of baby bella mushrooms, cut into quarters, 2 stalks of celery, sliced, 1 small sweet onion, large chopped, and 1 (16 oz.) bag of baby carrots cutting the thicker ones in half."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 210950
Reviewed May. 15, 2014


annfeher User ID: 4349412 106275
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"For those who don't care for the addition of tomato soup, try using 2 cans of Golden Mushroom soup. If you are concerned about sodium, use the reduced sodium version of both the canned soup and dry soup mix. I am watching my carb intake, so I used cubed turnips instead of potatoes - no one knew the difference! If you decide to use turnips, don't put them in at the beginning or they will turn mushy. This is also better with fresh veggies. To keep it simple I buy them pre-cut and packaged at the supermarket. I found that a splash of good balsamic and Worcestershire brought it to a new level. My Mom would always add a tablespoon of ketchup to her beef stews and soups. I use Heinz balsamic ketchup when I don't have Worcestershire or balsamic vinegar on hand. Delicious!"

huntinglady User ID: 4759101 186102
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Made this according to the instructions given. After several hours in the slow cooker the soup mixture just sat on top of the rest. Finally I stirred it together. I wasn't impressed with the tomato soup taste in it. I think if you just used 2 cans of mushroom soup it would be much better."

cook1203 User ID: 3827334 181994
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"This is a keeper. My crockpot cooked it faster than needed so vegetables were a little mushy . Will either start later or lower temp a bit,. Very easy - lots of flavor. Served with a French bread and a lettuce salad."

ShawnL User ID: 7428611 182792
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Found this recipe a few years ago & made it a few times and everyone LOVED it. I made this stew for my boyfriend to take to his hunting cabin with a group of guys and they couldn't get enough of it. He brought me back a "clean" slow still needed washed but they did everything except stick their heads in it & lick the sides."

rhworth User ID: 6137999 181993
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"Fast,easy,and good!!!"

MBawden User ID: 336151 116493
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"I have made this tasty recipe several times for my four picky grandsons. It is always a success."

Czwhiz User ID: 6445291 170675
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"make sure to use lower sodium mix, very, very easy to make, double recipe if you have hungry kids or need lunch for the next day"

stephanieann1983 User ID: 6213014 167406
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"It was slightly more tomatoey than I like my stews to be. I think if I put in a can of diced or stewed tomatoes instead of tomato soup that will help. Otherwise, this is a wonderful, warm and hearty recipe!"

ladz User ID: 6028937 182789
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"I made this tonight and my husband and I both really enjoyed it. I used low-sodium products where possible. I did not bother with browning the beef 1st, and it was just fine. I prefer if I do not have to cook the food before putting it in the crock pot! I will definitely make this one again."

nikkid202002 User ID: 6187382 210949
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Really yummy and easy to make"

marcoates User ID: 164090 210948
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"I agree with Summy and BBreslow and anyone else who commented likewise regarding sodium. You can get reduced or no sodium substitutes for the soups. I for one do not use salt but that didn't stop me from making this wonderful recipe. Just used reduced sodium soups. It's not like your eating this every day. Thanks for the recipe Marie."

leesamay User ID: 4176991 115070
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"Absolutely wonderful, Thanks so much for sharing. As for the sodium content.....lets just say I allowed (didn't really have a choice) all my teenage boys thirds. But then again, my boys still drink out of the water hose!!! :-P"

BBreslow User ID: 6142726 186100
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I will be making this recipe this week and I do need to watch my sodium intake. For all the salt police out there, the recipe has five ingredients, two of which contain little to no sodium. Of the other three, all of them are available in low or no sodium versions.

Please refrain from bashing the posters and users of recipes that may not have ideal levels of sodium, cholesterol, fat, or whatever. The only thing required for healthy eating is balance. If you have three portions of this every day for a month, probably not a good thing, but for a meal once or twice a month you are certainly not hurting anything if you maintain a balanced diet."

rgoodwin User ID: 3854815 184253
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Thank you so much for sharing such an easy and quick recipe. Just what I need! Please folks, stop trying to advise me about how much salt to eat or what I should and should not feed my children. Just say "thanks for sharing", or better yet, say nothing at all if you don't "approve"."

1000fireflies User ID: 1753290 186097
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"I love this stew :) if it goes in the crock pot its for me been using the crockpot for 40 years i had one of the first ones loved it from day one but i read the commentaries pros and cons and can see yes the sodium is excessively high is this a typo ? This delish recipe (if not a typo ) has 3 x the sodium as potato chips . I think you guys and gals who were bashing the salt police were a little too extreme they have every right to voice there opinion as well as you and they are right like i said unless its a typo this is pretty hefty sodium we are talking here I myself didnt even think to look till I saw everyone making such a big hopty do about it :) Sometimes good does come out of bad :)"

RobinJP User ID: 4079523 184237
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Great simple recipe!!

If you can't eat it then DON'T"

iwant User ID: 4538970 186093
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"I fully intend to try this recipe. I do agree with several of these people too, that instead of being negative, perhaps offer a solution?? Or better yet, go elsewhere where they have salt reduced recipes. I'm sure there are websites out there. For me.. i'm absolutely going to try this. The picture alone makes my mouth water."

VirginiaDeRemer User ID: 3685983 106274
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Too high in salt."

catlinrose User ID: 3367133 116469
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"i agree with Summy about all the negative comments. I seldom read the reviews any more because of the reviewers who never make the recipe but critique it. It is good recipe, easy to make with items on hand."

jmv104 User ID: 6056007 167404
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"I am just so tired of the food police. I haven't tried this yet but fully intend to try it. You people really should just subscribe to the healthy food sites or just change the recipe to your taste instead of complaining."

Summy User ID: 1386846 144741
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011 Edited Feb. 4, 2014

"Um, wow...I sure wish all sodium-haters would stop passing judgement on recipes. There are always ways to make recipes lower in sodium. There are low or no sodium soups that can be substituted. For people like myself, with very low blood pressure, sodium isn't a problem. And, for others, a periodic indulgence can be much more healthy than the stress of constantly avoiding those things we desire. There. I said it. I'm off my soap box, and going to exercise with a Leslie Sansone "Walk at Home" DVD. xo :)"

ryndam User ID: 5661961 106273
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Way too much sodium. Not a healthy dish to serve anyone let alone children."

vkrice User ID: 3436672 186092
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"This stew recipe is so quick and so good, I have to double or triple the recipe. It is a left-over that my daughter will eat."

Netizen User ID: 4154355 116462
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"Woah! Look at the high sodium content!"

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 125695
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I dont know how I messed this up but it was HORRIBLE. No one ate it. I think canned stew would have tasted better than this. Sorry it was just not good"

patshoe2 User ID: 1148996 210947
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"Delicious stew! I know I will continue to make this recipe from now on. It was just as delicious warmed up the next day!"

kaismia User ID: 5467893 116454
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"This recipe was amazing loved the flavor. I used fresh veggies. And added a cup of beef bullion. My kids loved it LOVED IT"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 125690
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"Susan Chickness is wrong - 1,250 mg, while a lot for one serving, is too low a daily intake of sodium. I'm an RN and even people who have heart trouble should take in about 2,000 mg a day. Salt has iodine and other ingredients our bodies need. To reduce the per serving sodium of this recipe, just use low-salt cream of mushroom and tomato soup instead of regular - that should pare it down considerably."

slosh29 User ID: 2793210 181992
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I thought reviews were for those who actually made the recipe, not a commentary on ingredients, cooking methods or nutritional values? If you object to the numbers simply close the window and go to the healthy section. No comment requried."

Hamtramck User ID: 2150887 182787
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Than you, Susan Chickness, for calling attention to the high sodium content. Way too much."

raven54424 User ID: 5446801 184235
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Did your Mother ever teach you"If you do not have anything nice to say do not say anything at all" Susasan Chickness. So use love sodium. Sound wonderful plan on making!"

Susan Chickness User ID: 3741284 183972
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"the sodium content is unbelieveable-----1250 is all you need for a day let alone one meal"

lilsassiwoman User ID: 5422939 100819
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"This is a very hearty meal. It was sooooo easy to make! Wonderful!! I did have to add a cup of water though."

Tina306 User ID: 5298296 125689
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"My husband and our friends loved this stew. It was delicious and easy to make. I added a little pepper for spice and it was great."

ym_rodriguez User ID: 3529127 115063
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"I put in 1 cube of beef buillon and used fresh veggies and onions."

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 181991
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"I've made this twice, and I really like it. I didn't use the slow cooker and used my own veggies, but I love the combination of mushroom, tomato, and onion soup in the sauce."

farmlawrence User ID: 315126 186090
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"My family loves this stew! I never have the frozen veggies on hand, so I just use some raw carrots and potato. Even my picky 7 year old eats this well."

dmgiblin User ID: 2150746 181990
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"Loved it! Didn't have frozen veggies so I used fresh carrots and cut up 3 large potatoes. Cooked 7.5 hours on low. Fabulous!"

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 125687
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"Outstanding! I added 1/2 cup water. Very tasty!"

mlh23 User ID: 1964594 184210
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"I made this stew today. Is there really no water?"

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 106259
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"Delicious and so easy to make!! The gravy turned out great - everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing!"

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