Amy's Mulligan Stew

A friend gave me this recipe for this hearty comfy stew several years ago and I make it often. It is great on a chilly winter's night. With only a few ingredients, this thick stew is easy and inexpensive. Pairs well with some crusty bread or cornbread. Watch closely at end of cooking time so does not scorch though.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon shortening

  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can tomato soup

  • 2 ¾ cups water, or more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 5 russet potatoes, peeled and each cut into 8 wedges

  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch slices

  • 2 onions, quartered


  1. Melt shortening in the bottom of a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Pour in tomato soup. Fill the empty can with water twice and pour in. Season with salt and mix until well combined.

  2. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until beef is tender, about 2 hours. Make sure there is always liquid in the Dutch oven; add more water if needed.

  3. Stir in potatoes, carrots, and onions once beef is tender. Add enough water to nearly cover the vegetables. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often, until stew thickens and vegetables are very soft, 30 to 40 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This is a very thick stew so as it begins to thicken make sure to stir often, scraping the bottom of the Dutch oven so it does not scorch.

Recipe does not cook well in a slow cooker.

Sometimes, I add 2 to 3 more carrots, potatoes, or onion and add a little more soup and water accordingly, but doubling the recipe does not work well, I have found.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

514 Calories
11g Fat
76g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 514
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 1137mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 107mg 533%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1983mg 42%

* 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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