A real standard in our household -- great for company, and my husband always raves! NOOOOOO preparation (except opening cans!). Cooks all day in the slow cooker, and then YUM! Serve over rice or noodles.

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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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  • Place beef stew meat, condensed French onion soup, condensed cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms and dry red wine into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

381.5 calories; protein 27g 54% DV; carbohydrates 9.3g 3% DV; fat 24.3g 37% DV; cholesterol 85.4mg 29% DV; sodium 904.5mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2003
This was a good base for stew, but I did make a few additions to suit my family. I added carrots and potatoes and a pkg of onion soup mix along with salt, pepper, Accent, garlic powder, and thyme, which I think it definitely needed. The meat came out very tender and the broth was excellent (I thickened it a little at the end with instant potato flakes). I will be using this recipe for stew from now on. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/08/2005
This recipe was awful! First off the stew meat should be browned first so the juices stay inside the meat. Without browning the juices escape and mingle with the other liquids and create a very unappetizing pinkish foam on top of the stew. It also makes the meat drier than if it was browned first. Second the stew liquid is way too thin. It needs cornstarch or some other thickener otherwise it is like soup. Also it makes a very light creamy colored stew instead of a richer brown color typically associated with stew. Thirdly I used condensed Onion Soup (campbells) because I couldn't find French Onion soup. It wasn't that good but maybe the French onion soup would be better. Don't waste your time or money on this recipe. Read More
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125 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 61
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2003
This was a good base for stew, but I did make a few additions to suit my family. I added carrots and potatoes and a pkg of onion soup mix along with salt, pepper, Accent, garlic powder, and thyme, which I think it definitely needed. The meat came out very tender and the broth was excellent (I thickened it a little at the end with instant potato flakes). I will be using this recipe for stew from now on. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/08/2005
This recipe was awful! First off the stew meat should be browned first so the juices stay inside the meat. Without browning the juices escape and mingle with the other liquids and create a very unappetizing pinkish foam on top of the stew. It also makes the meat drier than if it was browned first. Second the stew liquid is way too thin. It needs cornstarch or some other thickener otherwise it is like soup. Also it makes a very light creamy colored stew instead of a richer brown color typically associated with stew. Thirdly I used condensed Onion Soup (campbells) because I couldn't find French Onion soup. It wasn't that good but maybe the French onion soup would be better. Don't waste your time or money on this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
A wonderful tender stew! To make a complete meal out of this I added carrots and potatoes. I also added a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2004
I made a few modifications but it turned out great! I used extra lean beef stew meat 1 can low-fat cream of mushroom soup 1 packet dry onion soup mix (didn't have the soup on hand) a cup of red wine a cup of water and a few dashes of garlic powder and it was excellent! The best beef stew I have made! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2006
This dish was very easy to make and delicious. I added potatoes peas onions carrotts and used bamboo mushrooms as opposed to regular mushrooms. The added ingredients really made it heartier. I suggest adding salt to the cooker. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
We tried this yesterday and it is definitely a "keeper" for us. I did add potatoes and pearl onions. Next time I'll also add carrots and green beans. I also thickened it up with corn starch to make it more like a soup. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2007
Just what I was looking for... a super easy dish to throw in the crockpot. I used a Cabernet Sauvignon added parsley rosemary a pinch of thyme two cloves of garlic 1/2 lb. baby carrots and a bag of fresh crimini mushrooms towards the end. We had this with buttered egg noodles. I might make it again. Thanks for the post Cheryl. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2011
Okay as the recipe reads it is a good beef stew if you want basic beef stew and have 5 minutes to prep--and some days that's just fine. Here are my adjustments to kick it up a notch or two (and these add about 10-15 minutes of prep time): 1. Brown the beef in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. 2. While the beef is browning cut up 3-4 carrots and place in bottom of slow cooker. 3. When beef is browned well pour the 1/2 cup of red wine into the skillet to deglaze it; cook a few minutes to reduce (makes a lovely dark brown gravy). Pour beef and gravy into slow cooker. 4. Put the pan back on the burner and add 8-16 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms (subbing these for the canned mushrooms; I like baby bellas but any mushroom is fine). 5. While the mushrooms saute pour 1 envelope of dried onion soup mix over the beef. Add the can of French onion soup and 1 can of GOLDEN MUSHROOM soup (subbing this for the cream of mushroom soup). Add garlic powder to your preference. 6. When the mushrooms are slightly browned add another glug of the red wine to the pan. Continue cooking another minute or two more to reduce wine; pour mushrooms and cooking liquid into slow cooker. 7. Cook as stated; serve over buttered noodles. For an extra 10-15 minutes you can have a more flavorful richer-colored beef stew. However on days when you have 5 minutes or less the original recipe is just fine. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2003
A delicious super-easy comfort dinner. As a prior poster suggested I increased quantities of soups and the wine. For 1.25lb of stew beef I used one full can each of Campbell's French Onion and Cream of Mushroom Soup and 1 full cup of merlot red wine. Also per another poster's suggestion I added garlic powder and thyme to taste and a healthy dash of fresh black pepper. About 2 1/2 hours before I was anticipating it would be finished I added about 5 quartered baby red potatoes and a dash of parsley flakes. I served it over wide egg noodles and with buttered baby carrots on the side. My fiance loved it! He had 2 full helpings as did I. I found the meat to be quite tender and flaky and there was plenty enough 'gravy' to counteract any dryness the meat might've had. I personally can't even stand the scent of mushrooms and was apprehensive about using the soup in this recipe but it definitely turned out for the best. Thanks Cheryl! I will definitely make this again! Read More
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