Oven Beef Stew

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 2 -1/2 hours


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
No one ever guesses that this traditional combination is low in fat. A thick flavorful sauce makes this hearty dish one that will be requested time and again. I know your family will enjoy it. —Debbie Patton of Westchester, Illinois


  • 1 beef top round roast (2 pounds), cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 medium onions, cut into eighths
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry or water
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the beef, potatoes, onions, celery and carrots; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomato juice, sherry or water, tapioca, sugar, salt, basil and pepper. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour over beef mixture. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  4. Add the beans; cook 30 minutes longer or until beans and meat are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 268 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 519mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.