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Old Fashioned Beef Stew Recipe
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Old Fashioned Beef Stew

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"A stew that will heat you up on a cold winter day. To thicken stew for a gravy base, mix 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/3 cup cold water and mix in for the last 1/2 hour of cooking time."

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Original recipe makes 8 to 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs

    6 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a slow cooker, combine the stew meat, boiling water, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Stir in the onion, bay leaf, salt, sugar, ground pepper, paprika and allspice. Add the potatoes, carrots and corn.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours.
  3. Switch the slow cooker to LOW and cook for another 3 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 23, 2004

Thanks to the reviewers' comments and the instructions about adding "1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch. . . " it was pretty easy to see this was soup, not stew. So I made simple changes: use chicken broth, not water, for flavor. Use 2 cups, not 4, to prevent soupiness. Use low sodium broth, to prevent saltiness. Add 1 simple pat of butter on top to add richness and prevent sticking (when it reduces and gets thicker). Problems solved -- basic and pretty yummy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 23, 2005

This was OK but not as good as mine, I use beef broth,(not water)I would add a can of diced tomatoes, and flour & brown the meat first for thickening, I don't think it calls for corn. just carrots, celery, could add green beans and peas, Joyce


42 Ratings

Aug 28, 2006

Hi, I put this together this morning in the crockpot for our dinner. About 1/2 hour before it was done, I put bisquick dumplings on top. My husband and I really enjoyed this meal. The flavor was great. Had plenty left over to freeze. A fantastic crockpot recipe. Sincerely, Judy

Nov 05, 2003

I was looking for something to make one sat morning & i found this. Easy, tasty not really any fuss. Which is what I like. The only real fuss was peeling the potates.

Dec 02, 2009

This was good, but I did make a few changes. I used 2 cans beef broth and 2 cups of water instead of 4 cups water. I also added a package of au jus gravy mix. This was delicious with the changes; however, it did make it overly salty. Between the broth and the gravy mix, I think the salt can be omitted completely.

Oct 17, 2006

I absolutely loved this recipe and so did my family and friends, so I am making it again today. I followed some other peoples advice and added 2 cup low-sodium beef broth and 1 cup of water instead of the 4 cups of water and also added 1 tbsp of cornstarch.

Apr 14, 2009

YUM! I like the flavor of the 'broth' part...of course I added a little extra of all the spices and it is really nice. My family likes a thick stew so I dredged the beef in flour and browned it, and added some corn starch toward the end. OH! And I was short on time so I made this on the stove instead of the slow cooker. Used half the meat...I really love how the allspice/Worcestershire/sugar/salt/bay leaf flavors the stew!

Mar 22, 2010

As written I'm not sure about this recipe. I used 2 cups of boiling water with low sodium Sprouts Beef broth in it. Had to add a can of diced tomatoes for added flavor. Only used 3 new potatoes.


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  • Calories
  • 444 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 33.6 g
  • 67%
  • Sodium
  • 969 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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