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Southern Style Beef Stew Recipe

Southern Style Beef Stew

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"This is how my mother in law makes beef stew and she is from Alabama. As southern as you can get. Do not use generic tomatoes, they make this bland. I use arm shoulder roast and cut it up cause some beef stew meat is too tough. You can also make this with turtle meat and call it turtle stew, that's what we do! You can adjust the ingredients according to your own taste. We love to eat this with buttered bread."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef, and quickly brown on all sides. Pour in the diced tomatoes with green chilies, and stewed tomatoes. Add the okra, lima beans and corn. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Simmer for about 1 hour. Add potatoes, and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes, or until meat is very tender.
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  • Note
  • If you can find a frozen vegetable Gumbo mix, you may substitute that for the vegetables.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 15, 2008

This is a mighty fine recipe... just like Mom's... now some folks on here said something about tough meat.. Well the secret to cooking down tough meat is to seer it first to just brown the outsides... then get out your pressure cooker to cook it down in 20 minutes or less... let it cool down and cook the rest of your ingrediants all together either with the cooker top on or just left open like a regular pot... that tough piece of meat will fall apart and be as tender as you could ever imagine.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 26, 2006

I am from the south and I thought this stew was quite bland. After adding onion, garlic powder, pepper, celery seed was still a little bland, so just threw in a box of Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix, was much better. Guess I am from the spicy south---


12 Ratings

Sep 17, 2004

Stew meat needs to be cooked at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Then it will be tender. Cook meat for about an hour and a half, then add all the vegetables and cook for another hour.

Sep 13, 2007

As a true southerner, I would suggest serving this with cornbread and a green salad. Delicious! Make sure you salt & pepper the meat well before browning. I also add a few shakes of seasoned salt when adding the tomatoes, Also, just because I like mine a little more soupy, I add some beef broth or water flavored with beef bouillon. As far as spicing it up,I put a bottle of tabasco pepper sauce on the table for those who like a little more kick. The tabasco flavor blends perfectly with this stew. This is the easiest way to please everyone without making it too spicy or too mild. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

Sep 11, 2005

This is a very good recipe. Great comfort food. I did flour the meat before browning and it worked well. Used canola oil instead of butter for browning. I also added a can of beef broth and some baby carrots. Served with cornbread. Even better the next day.

Aug 20, 2005

ROLL TIDE! everything is better here in Alabama. great recipe.

Jun 11, 2004

Certainly southern- and I know southern! If you were born and raised in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, or Virginia your whole family will love this delicous recipe!

Sep 07, 2010

This was very tasty, but seemed like too much tomato. I put in one 16 oz. bag of frozen Gumbo mix which has spices in it so it was zingy enough. Next time I will put in more veggies. I think it would be good over rice if you leave out the potatoes.


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  • Calories
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 15.2 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 6.2 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 23.8 g
  • 48%
  • Sodium
  • 488 mg
  • 20%

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

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