Southern Style Beef Stew

Southern Style Beef Stew


"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."


1 h 40 m servings 373 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 15.2 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.8g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 23.8 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 488 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.


  • Note
  • If you can find a frozen vegetable Gumbo mix, you may substitute that for the vegetables.
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  1. 12 Ratings


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 outsi...

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.

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 s...

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,...

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 s...

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

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!

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 ...

I was short on time, so I used beef broth to get me started. I also added a little sugar and ketchup because the tomatoes where bitter.