Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

This hearty beef and vegetable stew recipe makes a great hot main dish for cold winter nights. Use the slow cooker directions when time is short.

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Servings: 5
Yield: about 7 cups
Prep Time: 20 mins
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  • 2   tablespoons 
    all-purpose flour
  • 12   ounces 
    beef stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2   tablespoons 
    cooking oil
  • 3   cups 
    vegetable juice
  • 1   cup 
  • 1   medium 
    onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1   tablespoon 
    Worcesershire sauce
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons 
    instant beef bouillon granules
  • 1   teaspoon 
    dried oregano, crushed
  • 12   teaspoons 
    dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    black pepper
  • 1   
    bay leaf
  • 3   cups 
    cubed potato (about 3 medium)
  • 1 1/2  cups 
    frozen cut green beans
  • 1   cup 
    frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1   cup 
    sliced carrot (2 medium)
Place flour in a plastic bag. Add meat cubes, a few at a time, shaking to coat. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven brown meat in hot oil; drain fat. Stir in vegetable juice, water, onion, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon granules, oregano, marjoram, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 to 1 14 hours or until meat is nearly tender.
Stir in potato, green beans, corn, and carrot. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Makes 5 servings (about 7 cups).
  • Slow-cooker directions: Prepare and brown meat as above. In a 3 12- or 4-quart slow cooker layer meat, onion, potatoes, green beans, corn, and carrot. Decrease vegetable juice to 2 cups. Combine vegetable juice, water, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon granules, oregano, marjoram, pepper, and bay leaf. Pour over meat and vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 331, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 43, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 36, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 6, sugar (g) 8, pro. (g) 18, vit. A (IU) 7872, vit. C (mg) 57, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 5, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Folate (g) 52, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 2, sodium (mg) 744, Potassium (mg) 1107, calcium (mg) 61, iron (mg) 4, Vegetables () 1, Starch () 2, Medium-Fat Meat () 2, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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