Zesty Beef Stew

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours


6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
Preparation couldn't be simpler for this hearty no-fuss stew! I created this dish when I didn't have some of my usual ingredients for vegetable beef soup. My husband says it's the best I ever made! —Margaret Turza, South Bend, Indiana


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 251 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 526mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.