Alita's Tomato Beef Stew


Alita tweaked this rich, tomato-based beef stew over the years from her original recipe, which was much less red and contained less vegetables. We're always a little regretful when the pot is empty. Teenagers can wolf it down pretty fast!

close up view of Tomato Beef Stew with carrots, garnished with mint in a white bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
3 quarts


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • ¼ cup oil

  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes

  • 3 large onions, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 3 cups 3/4-inch carrot chunks

  • 3 cups 3/4-inch potato chunks

  • 2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms


  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a resealable bag; add stew meat and shake until meat is coated.

  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add coated meat and loose flour from the bag to the hot oil; cook and stir until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Mix tomatoes, onions, tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, paprika, sugar, and bay leaves into stew meat mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer stew, scraping bottom of Dutch oven every 30 minutes, about 1 hour.

  4. Stir carrots into stew and cook for 30 minutes more. Add potatoes to stew and cook until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Add mushrooms to stew and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

485 Calories
27g Fat
26g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 485
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 678mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 26mg 130%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1094mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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