This simple beef stew recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious! It's wonderful when served over crusty French bread or mashed potatoes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put beef stew meat, potatoes, onion, and carrot in the crock of a slow cooker. Add tomato sauce, water, red wine, beef bouillon cubes, onion soup mix, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the beef mixture; stir gently.

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  • Whisk cornstarch into water until dissolved; stir gently into the beef mixture.

  • Cook on High for 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 30.3g 61% DV; carbohydrates 22.5g 7% DV; fat 9.1g 14% DV; cholesterol 79.9mg 27% DV; sodium 1517.7mg 61% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2012
This smells just like the recipe my former father-in-law used to make, except he didn't put potatoes in his. He'd simmer it down and serve it over hot buttered egg noodles. I gave it 4 stars because it was too salty for my tastes. Next time, I'm omitting the salt, as there is plenty in the onion soup mix and canned tomato sauce. I also use beef broth base, which is much lower in salt than bouillon. I don't use canned veggies, so I used fresh potatoes. Here's what I did: 3 lbs stew meat, 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, 1 chopped onion, 2 cups carrots (I love carrots), 1 8oz can tomato sauce, 1 cup water, 1 small bottle (single serving size) of Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon and enough water to make 1 cup, 4 tsp Orrington Farms Beef Broth Base & Seasoning, 1 envelope dry onion soup mix, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of fresh ground black pepper, 1 small can of mushrooms, drained. You can thicken it with either corn starch or flour, as directed, but other methods such as using potato flakes like Potato Buds, or pulling out some of the potatoes, mashing them, and stirring them back into the broth work equally as well. I prefer to mash up some potatoes and stir into the broth, which is why I upped the quantity of potatoes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2013
It was ok had to tweak it a bit but it sure doesn't take 4 hrs since I use fresh potatoes and veggies they were still hard as a rock! Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2012
This smells just like the recipe my former father-in-law used to make, except he didn't put potatoes in his. He'd simmer it down and serve it over hot buttered egg noodles. I gave it 4 stars because it was too salty for my tastes. Next time, I'm omitting the salt, as there is plenty in the onion soup mix and canned tomato sauce. I also use beef broth base, which is much lower in salt than bouillon. I don't use canned veggies, so I used fresh potatoes. Here's what I did: 3 lbs stew meat, 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, 1 chopped onion, 2 cups carrots (I love carrots), 1 8oz can tomato sauce, 1 cup water, 1 small bottle (single serving size) of Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon and enough water to make 1 cup, 4 tsp Orrington Farms Beef Broth Base & Seasoning, 1 envelope dry onion soup mix, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of fresh ground black pepper, 1 small can of mushrooms, drained. You can thicken it with either corn starch or flour, as directed, but other methods such as using potato flakes like Potato Buds, or pulling out some of the potatoes, mashing them, and stirring them back into the broth work equally as well. I prefer to mash up some potatoes and stir into the broth, which is why I upped the quantity of potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2012
Have to admit to NOT being a fan of slow cooker recipes. Boy was I wrong on this one. The only changes I made were to throw in a bay leaf and leave out the canned potatoes (I didn't have any) I added additional fresh potatoes and carrots the last 90 minutes of cooking and this was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2012
I made this for our Yule celebration. VERY TASTY! The only thing I changed is I added 4 tablespoons of flour instead of cornstarch. I really did not want to go out in the blizzard to buy cornstarch. The recipe was so perfect, nothing needs to be changed. Defiantly a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2013
I liked this recipe! Next time I might use a little less rosemary. But all-in-all I think this is something I will make again. I didn't use canned potatoes. I bought 2 regular potatoes and diced them into cubes. I also added an extra carrot as I felt 1 was not enough. Next time I'd like to add peas or another veggie:) Thanks klar101! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2013
It was ok had to tweak it a bit but it sure doesn't take 4 hrs since I use fresh potatoes and veggies they were still hard as a rock! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2014
Excellent this will replace our old slow cooker beef stew recipe. My family liked the gravy as well as flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2016
This got an immediate "make this again" from the family. It is a good starter base. I used all the spices but omitted the cornstarch. I also slow cooked it for 10 hours on low and added 8 oz mushrooms sliced. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2014
Very easy and tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
I made a few alterations but this recipe made a brilliant "jumping off point". I used Irish slow cook beef cut into chunks and Knorr beef stock pots instead of bouillon cubes. My alterations included: I coated the beef chunks with flour and browned them in a skillet before placing them in the slow cooker. I substituted marjoram for rosemary and I made my own "onion soup mix" (using the Dry Onion Mix recipe found on this site but leaving out the bouillon granules). For veg I used fresh potatoes peeled and cut into small chunks fresh baby mushrooms cut in half and (because I didn't have fresh) tinned baby carrots which I sliced and held off adding until the last hour of cooking. My very picky (very English) husband loved it. Read More
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