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Pumpkin Harvest Beef Stew

By the time the stew is done simmering and a batch of bread finishes baking, the house smells absolutely wonderful. —Marcia O'Neil, Cedar Crest, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 beef top round steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled pie pumpkin or sweet potatoes
  • 3 small red potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup cubed acorn squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches; remove with a slotted spoon to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the pumpkin, potatoes, squash and onion. Stir in the broth, tomatoes and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove bay leaves. In a small bowl, mix water and flour until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until liquid is thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 258 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Karen
    Dec 4, 2020

    I don't usually modify recipes but felt this needed some additions. I added 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 tbsp tabasco chipotle chili sauce, 1 tbsp chili powder and one small can of tomato paste. Next time I think I'll leave out the allspice and cloves as they are a bit overpowering both in taste and in scent. We haven't eaten it yet but it tastes good so far.

  • caree929
    Oct 29, 2014

    Very good, although it had too much chili powder. I'll make it again, only I'll use less of the chili powder. I also substituted carrots for the squash because we love carrots.

  • mkaskela
    Oct 21, 2014

    I substituted sweet potatoes for the pumpkin and venison steak - cubed for the beef and it turned out really well! The only thing I would change for next time is I would lesson the cloves. I felt like the flavor was too overpowering.

  • h_harness
    Aug 31, 2014

    I made this as listed the first time and my husband and I both loved it. I make it at least 1-2 times a month with a combination of different ingredients including turnips instead of red potatoes. It has become a go to stew.

  • crclk14
    Nov 23, 2012

    This was delicious! I opted to keep it a clear broth and nixed the flour/water thickening agent, and it was still very tasty.

  • gloriawalt
    Oct 27, 2012

    This is an excellent stew. I made it in a cast iron dutch oven and doubled the recipe for Sunday night dinner with extended family. I used sweet potatoes and substituted carrots for the acorn squash. I added cornbread to the menu along with a salad. I didn't think I would like all the spices, but the blend was perfect.

  • swanson12
    Oct 22, 2012

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  • ejshellabarger
    Oct 14, 2012

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  • juicyfruit007
    Oct 1, 2012

    This stew was good. I made it pretty much as indicated, though with a bit more meat and no bay leaves or cloves (don't have them). I liked it just fine, but am giving it 4 stars because my husband didn't like it, which is also why I won't be making it again.

  • MRosie413
    Sep 21, 2012

    This is the perfect Autumn dinner! It's hearty, delicious, and it smells wonderful while it's cooking! The stew is great for a dinner party, or just for a weeknight meal.