This stew is a meal unto itself, very hearty and flavorful. This recipe calls for various spices, you may have some of your own favorites to throw in.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 hrs 10 mins
total:
5 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dredge beef cubes in flour until evenly coated.

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  • Melt butter in a skillet, and cook coated beef cubes until evenly browned.

  • Transfer beef to slow cooker and add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, cloves, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Pour in water and stir.

  • Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or on HIGH 5 to 6 hours. Serve hot!!

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 22.2g 44% DV; carbohydrates 12.2g 4% DV; fat 26g 40% DV; cholesterol 76mg 25% DV; sodium 449mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2003
Delicious. Some minor changes to suit my personal tastes: One can beef broth almost one can burgundy wine the rest of the can water. Rather than slicing I chopped the carrots and celery in bigger chunks so they won't disintegrate in the crockpot and also added 2 big potatoes in 1" cubes. To make up for extra carrots and the potatoes which weren't in the original recipe I added 1 T soy sauce and additional 1 t worcestershire sauce and more black pepper. I also used only 1/4 of an onion cut in big 2 inch pieces so it wouldn't turn to mush. In the last half hour I added pearl onions. For spices I followed the recipe and then added sprinkles of cumin savory rosemary and parsley. 8-9 hours in the crockpot was just right for 2 lbs meat. It really was a hearty flavorful meal. P.S. My husband thought this dish was okay. He's not into large chunks of beef in a dish. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/11/2008
NOT FOR KIDS This was an ok stew. It was flavorful without making modifications. Neither my husband nor I were fans of the clove flavor. My kids very good eaters did not like it. I will stick with a more basic recipe with traditional seasonings in the future. This I would like to note...I found this recipe last minute and decided to use it based on the 5 star rating without reading the recipe reviews. You should not give a recipe 5 stars if you made 5 adjustments to make it taste great. Read More
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175 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2003
Delicious. Some minor changes to suit my personal tastes: One can beef broth almost one can burgundy wine the rest of the can water. Rather than slicing I chopped the carrots and celery in bigger chunks so they won't disintegrate in the crockpot and also added 2 big potatoes in 1" cubes. To make up for extra carrots and the potatoes which weren't in the original recipe I added 1 T soy sauce and additional 1 t worcestershire sauce and more black pepper. I also used only 1/4 of an onion cut in big 2 inch pieces so it wouldn't turn to mush. In the last half hour I added pearl onions. For spices I followed the recipe and then added sprinkles of cumin savory rosemary and parsley. 8-9 hours in the crockpot was just right for 2 lbs meat. It really was a hearty flavorful meal. P.S. My husband thought this dish was okay. He's not into large chunks of beef in a dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2003
This is the best stew I've ever made. I added cubed potatoes in the beginning to make it bigger. To thicken I took the cover off the slow cooker for the last 30 minutes of cooking on high. Served with french bread it was a very hearty meal. Even my finicky kids and husband loved it. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2005
My good friend is a wonderful cook and caterer. Her husband said that this was the best beef stew he has ever had which is quite a compliment. Tweeked it a little by chopping up everything in small cubes, addded 2 potatoes,a little cumin, rosemary and parsley, can of diced tomatoes, 1 T. soy, das of hot sauce, frozen peas, didn't have burgandy so used cooking cherry and added frozen peas at the end. Also used half beef broth as the liquid and a pack of onion soup mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2006
I use this recipe but substitute 3-4 small potatoes for the celery and cook it on the stove on low for 3-4 hours rather than in a slow-cooker. I usually serve it with fresh bread sliced cheeses and sliced fruit. Great winter meal! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2006
This recipe is fantastic... with a few changes. Some I took from other reviews - I added soy sauce used beef broth from bouillon cubes instead of water and added cabbage. I also didn't have bay leaves on hand so those were not in the stew. I also found that the stew was too thin for my taste. So halfway through cooking I took part of the broth and thickened it as if I was making gravy until it reached a texture I preferred. The final result was great. I would definately make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2003
Very good - I added 4 cups of beef broth in place of the water and also potatoes. The best beef stew I've ever made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2007
I love this stew; it is wonderful for frozen snowy days. When I make it I omit the bay leaves and cloves and add a cup of chopped mushrooms a leak a can of garbanzo beans and a can of kidney beans I also add the leftover flour from dredging to thicken the stew. My family loves it and we have found that it tastes even better the next day as leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2003
My family loved this stew. I added potatoes right at the beginning rather than making noodles or mashed potatoes later. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2003
This receipe has the same ingredients and flavors I remember as a child. I've been looking for similar ones for a while now. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/11/2008
NOT FOR KIDS This was an ok stew. It was flavorful without making modifications. Neither my husband nor I were fans of the clove flavor. My kids very good eaters did not like it. I will stick with a more basic recipe with traditional seasonings in the future. This I would like to note...I found this recipe last minute and decided to use it based on the 5 star rating without reading the recipe reviews. You should not give a recipe 5 stars if you made 5 adjustments to make it taste great. Read More
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