• 75 Ratings

Long and slow cooking on the stovetop makes this stew rich in color and flavor, and with ultra tender meat.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot cook all the meat at once in hot oil over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown, stirring occasionally. Drain off excess fat. Add the 4 cups water, sliced onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, bay leaf, and allspice. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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  • Stir in carrots, halved onions, and potatoes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.

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  • In a screw-top jar shake together the 1/2 cup cold water and flour until combined. Stir into stew. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook 1 minute more. Season stew to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with snipped parsley, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

389 calories; total fat 13g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 82mg; sodium 338mg; carbohydrates 37g; fiber 5g; protein 31g; vitamin a 1762RE; vitamin c 22mg; calcium 50mg; iron 5mg.
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Reviews

75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2018
I've made this since i got my first BHG cookbook many eons ago. If you dredge the meat in flour before browning it, it makes its own gravy. I also add 1 Tbsp salt and 1 tsp sugar (per original recipe) and it's perfectly seasoned. I also add some frozen peas .
Rating: Unrated
10/29/2016
I also add 8 oz. of tomato juice to mine. I add the 1/8 tsp. allspice plus the 1/8 tsp.ground cloves the original recipe called for. Then I add some Kitchen Bouquet. NEXT about 2 Tablespoons of beef Better Than  Bullion (BTB). Make sure there is enough liquid per teaspoon of the BTB. 1 Cup per teaspoon.  YUMMY! !!!
Rating: Unrated
10/29/2016
I also add an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. The original recipe called for 1/8 tsp. allspice and 1/8 tsp. ground cloves. Very tasty. I also add some kitchen bouquet and about 2 Tablespoons of beef Better Than Bullion. !!
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07/07/2014
I have made this recipe for over 40 years and it is a winner every time!
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03/14/2013
This is the best beef stew I've ever made. Numbers of people have asked for the recipe; even men request it for their wives! The allspice is a surprise ingredient, and I usually add double (1/4 tsp) to the crockpot. I also used a can (8 oz) of tomato sauce. You should never follow a printed recipe's amounts of seasonings. Always taste test and season according to your preference. That way, the recipe is NEVER bland.
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