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Big Papa's Homemade Beef Stew

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"This is my absolute favorite beef stew. I spent the better part of two years changing and altering ingredients until it was perfect. Hope you enjoy; everyone I've fed it to does!"
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2 h 35 m servings 273
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat; sear beef until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer beef and oil to a large pot.
  2. Mix water, carrots, onion, celery, Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, garlic, bay leaves, and allspice with beef; cover pot and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add potatoes to stew, cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes more.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If you simmer in a pot that has a cover with one of those little steam escape holes, you may need to add a little bit of water when you add the potatoes and may have no use for thickening the gravy.
  • You may also substitute the water for beef broth, but I never do.
  • Sirloin can be substituted for the bottom round roast.
  • Olive oil can be substituted for the vegetable oil.
  • Ground cloves can be substituted for the allspice.
  • To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 273 calories; 10.7 19.8 24.3 65 875 Full nutrition

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Threw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6 hours. It was quite tasty. I used beef broth instead of water and I also left out the allspice. I may reduce the Worcest...

Well done, Big Papa, well done! Followed your recipe and loved it! Thanks!!!

This recipe is Amazing! my only change was to leave out the Allspice!

I loved this stew! The only complaint I have is that next time I need to double the recipe because it was gone so quickly I had no leftovers for lunch the next day. You also may want to use a l...

Excellent! I just found my new beef stew recipe! I made as directed, with the exception of the ground clove - didn't have 'em, don't like 'em. I questioned the lack of water, but this turned out...

No changes, tasty, my stew of choice. The best part is the simplicity of the recipe.

I used Monk Fruit sweetener rather than sugar. I added fresh green beans and I used both red and yellow onion. I used beef stock and water. I also doubled the amount so that we could have so...

The best beef stew of all times.

Absolutely delicious!!! I made not 1 change. Every time I make this for my family, we chow down.... Not a drop leftover!! Thank you..