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Savory Vegetable Beef Stew

I've been cooking since I was 10 years old. One day, I plan to own a bed-and-breakfast inn. I look forward to the challenge of cooking for my future guests.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 small potatoes, quartered
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • In a Dutch oven, brown meat in salad dressing over medium heat. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, green pepper and onion. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Combine flour and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 308 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 824mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • kerrynjames
    Mar 17, 2012

    We weren't impressed by this recipe. To be fair, our expectations were high due to the rave reviews, but I probably won't make this again.One thing I did like was using Italian dressing to to brown the meat. It added a little zing and I liked the interesting flavor.Thanks for the recipe!

  • msdaisey
    Sep 26, 2010

    I was a little disappointed with this. I thoughtmy family would rave about it ,but just said it was good, no "gotta make again"comments

  • xicota
    Apr 29, 2010

    Fantastic recipe!! There aren't enough stars here to give this recipe the kudos it deserves. I made the stew with no changes, and my family LOVED it! I am actually throwing away my family recipe for stew, because it just cannot compete with this one. This stew is so rich and flavorful! Many thanks!!

  • livinglife
    Sep 21, 2008

    I loved this recipe!!! It was hit at my last potluck. This was the first time I have ever made a stew. But I will be sure to make this one again. I did make some changes: I used 2 cups of beef broth instead of 2 cups water and beef granules. I also used a 300 gram bag of frozen veggies (for ease of prep)it had peas, carrots, corn and green beans instead of recipes carrots/green pepper. All the colors looked beautiful!! I served this potato dumplings -Yum- real comfort food!