Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Old Fashioned Beef Stew

34 Reviews 4 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    6 h
  • Ready In

    6 h 20 m
Recipe by  Tara

“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 yields 8 to 8 servings



  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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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.



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



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

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 444 cal
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Carbs
  • 28.6 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 33.6 g
  • 67%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 969 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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