Alberta Beef Barley Stew

Alberta Beef Barley Stew

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    5 h 5 m
  • Ready In

    5 h 30 m
Recipe by  SHORTY435

“A hearty beef and barley concoction that is sure to warm the heart and soul on the coolest of days. This dish uses ingredients that you can find in most kitchens. Combine them in your slow cooker and in a short while, voila! Your family will be asking for seconds.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Heat 2 cups water to boiling in a microwave-safe bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir beef bouillon cubes and onion soup mix into boiling water until dissolved.
  2. Pour bouillon mixture and remaining 4 cups water into a slow cooker; set cooker on High. Stir beef, potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook, covered, until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Stir barley into beef mixture; continue cooking until barley is tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Turn slow cooker off, remove cover, and allow to cool until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

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The recipe was okay but was lacking "stew" quality with no flavor. The problems with the recipe is that the ratio of the ingredients is off. It needs an additional amount of meat to match the amount of vegetables calls for. It also lacked flavor and tasted as if I didn't even add the bouillon or onion soup mix. And the broth was flat, not thick and creamy. As is, I won't make again. Because I had to fix the recipe by making a rue with butter, flour, herbs and spices and add to the broth to thicken this recipe up to what I know to be a stew. Sorry, it didn't work as is.



I made this recipe last night and cooked it overnight in the slow cooker on low for 7 hours. This morning I added the barley, then turned it up to high for 1/2 hour. This stew is delicious! My 3 and 5 year olds agreed. The recipe is quick and easy to make and low in calories. Thank you for posting this recipe. It is a keeper to enjoy for years to come!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 374 cal
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 8.4 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs
  • 59.2 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 16.6 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 585 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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