A hearty beef and barley concoction that is sure to warm the heart and soul on the coolest of days. This dish uses ingredients that you can find in most kitchens. Combine them in your slow cooker and in a short while, voila! Your family will be asking for seconds.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 hrs 5 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
5 hrs 30 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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  • Heat 2 cups water to boiling in a microwave-safe bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir beef bouillon cubes and onion soup mix into boiling water until dissolved.

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  • Pour bouillon mixture and remaining 4 cups water into a slow cooker; set cooker on High. Stir beef, potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic into the slow cooker.

  • Cook, covered, until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Stir barley into beef mixture; continue cooking until barley is tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Turn slow cooker off, remove cover, and allow to cool until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Season to taste with pepper, and for that extra special touch...
why not heat up some buns in the oven and serve them warm with this meal!

Nutrition Facts

374 calories; protein 16.6g; carbohydrates 59.2g; fat 8.4g; cholesterol 31.3mg; sodium 585.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2014
I made this recipe last night and cooked it overnight in the slow cooker on low for 7 hours. This morning I added the barley then turned it up to high for 1/2 hour. This stew is delicious! My 3 and 5 year olds agreed. The recipe is quick and easy to make and low in calories. Thank you for posting this recipe. It is a keeper to enjoy for years to come! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/11/2014
The recipe was okay but was lacking "stew" quality with no flavor. The problems with the recipe is that the ratio of the ingredients is off. It needs an additional amount of meat to match the amount of vegetables calls for. It also lacked flavor and tasted as if I didn't even add the bouillon or onion soup mix. And the broth was flat not thick and creamy. As is I won't make again. Because I had to fix the recipe by making a rue with butter flour herbs and spices and add to the broth to thicken this recipe up to what I know to be a stew. Sorry it didn't work as is. Read More
(2)
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2014
I made this recipe last night and cooked it overnight in the slow cooker on low for 7 hours. This morning I added the barley then turned it up to high for 1/2 hour. This stew is delicious! My 3 and 5 year olds agreed. The recipe is quick and easy to make and low in calories. Thank you for posting this recipe. It is a keeper to enjoy for years to come! Read More
(2)
Rating: 2 stars
03/10/2014
The recipe was okay but was lacking "stew" quality with no flavor. The problems with the recipe is that the ratio of the ingredients is off. It needs an additional amount of meat to match the amount of vegetables calls for. It also lacked flavor and tasted as if I didn't even add the bouillon or onion soup mix. And the broth was flat not thick and creamy. As is I won't make again. Because I had to fix the recipe by making a rue with butter flour herbs and spices and add to the broth to thicken this recipe up to what I know to be a stew. Sorry it didn't work as is. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2020
Great hearty stew. I didn't have any potatoes so I added chick peas instead. I made it stove top by browning meat first and then adding to the stew. I added quick cook barley to the last 15 minutes. Read More
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