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Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

This rich, hearty beef stew has a garden full of flavor with vegetables like cabbage, rutabaga and carrots. Mom knew this main dish is one that would suit us 11 kids. When we were all home, she'd throw in extra vegetables to stretch it. -Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 5 to 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup sliced celery (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional


  • In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown meat in oil. Add the onion, water, seasoned salt, pepper and salt if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Add the vegetables; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Combine flour, cold water and browning sauce until smooth. Stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 302 calories, 11g fat (0 saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 263mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Deester
    Sep 15, 2015

    My favorite recipe for Beef Stew!

  • tam145
    Oct 8, 2013

    Very tasty, lots of great veges. The whole family loved it!

  • amy.clarke
    Oct 28, 2012

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  • xxBakingMommaxx
    Oct 8, 2012

    Have been making this since the year 2000. Really good and hearty. Have never added the rutabaga, just added extra potatoes. Also love the addition of browning sauce (Kitchen Bouquet). Have made it with and without thickening agent of flour/water. Good either way!

  • kmucha
    Aug 6, 2009

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