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Satisfying Beef Stew

This beef stew is so hearty and tastes even better the next day—if there are leftovers! It goes great with corn bread or any crusty loaf. —Abbey Mueller, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 pound potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups frozen corn (about 10 ounces), thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen cut green beans (about 6 ounces), thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown beef in batches. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • In same pan, cook and stir onion until lightly browned. Add to beef. In a small bowl, mix flour and 1/2 cup water until smooth; add to slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients and water.
  • Cook, covered, on low until meat and vegetables are tender, 6-8 hours. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 330 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • jhhaney
    Jan 18, 2020

    This was super delicious! Very satisfying on a cold day. I used beef broth instead of water and half the tomato sauce that it calls for. There were no leftovers!

  • Gary
    Dec 1, 2019

    I didn't really care for it. Not horrible, but not one I will make again.

  • wifeofglh
    Feb 18, 2018

    The flavor was a little off for our family to enjoy it. I think next time I will leave out the cloves and paprika. Maybe I put in too much because the stew had a spicy flavor we did not enjoy. Loved all the vegetables. Will try again with some modifications.

  • MrsApa
    Nov 13, 2016

    Awesome stew with traditional flavor! I did reduce the amount of potatoes to 2, and it was just right for me. Another thing I did differently was I replaced the tomato sauce (I didn't have Italian tomato sauce) to a 6oz tomato paste because I thought the slow cooker already had enough fluid in it after I put everything in. How glad I was when I saw the final product! It was just soupy enough for us. Had I put the tomato sauce in it would have been too soupy. Anyways,still a great recipe and a keeper!

  • Queenlalisa
    Jan 28, 2016

    This is almost just like my recipe except I use Italian diced tomatoes and a can of tomatoes juice. I don't use cloves either. It is a tasty stew.

  • barbara9300
    Feb 12, 2015

    I was hoping this stew would be as good as all the reviews but it's not. It was very simple to make. I was wanting athe taste of an old fashion home Cookin beef stew. If I fix this again, I will definitely not put in Italian flavored tomato sauce. It does have a tomatoey taste as well as it certainly has an Italian taste; not the taste I was hoping for. Two cups of corn is way to much. Think I will cut back to one cup. I would only use 2 medium potatoes and 1/2 cup of carrots. The Italian flavored tomatoe sauce ruined it for me and it definitely doesn't resemble the photo at all. An expensive meal to not be good. Sorry but I give it 1 star at most because I of the taste. Very disappointed.

  • tamlewmaumelle
    Sep 20, 2014

    The BEST beef stew I have ever had! My family loves it!! I too added the can of diced tomatoes. Delicious!!

  • galinthewoods
    Oct 8, 2012

    My daughter doesn't like tomatoes so I didn't add the extra can of tomatoes as another reviewer did, but I did put in the 15 oz can of tomato sauce in and since it wasn't too tomatoey she happily ate it without even asking if there were tomatoes in it. Score one for mom!

  • JewelsF
    Jun 28, 2011

    This is a hearty and very tasty stew! I followed the recipe precisely except for one thing. I added a can of diced tomato (Italian flavor) and it was delicious. My entire family loved it! Will definitely be making it again!

  • JewelsF
    Jun 27, 2011

    Excellent! Stew was hearty and very tasty! I did add one thing which was diced tomatoes (Italian flavor). My family loved this stew and I will definitely be making it again!