Angela Cunningham Recipe

Grandma's Beef Stew

By Angela Cunningham angiecunningham404

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Angela's Story

This recipe is from my Husband's Grandma Ruth. She was an amazing cook. He has memories of her cooking this stew when he was a small child. She cooked this stew in an old fashioned witches pot over an open fire outside. I do mine in the oven or you can do it in a crockpot. The flavor is amazing. I'm a huge fan of one pot meals and this is one of my favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Plan ahead because it needs to slow cook.


2 lb
beef stew meat
1-2 Tbsp
cooking oil
1 1/2 c
chopped onion
14 1/2 oz
can of diced tomatoes with liquid
3 Tbsp
quick tapioca (i use kraft minute tapioca)
clove of garlic
1 Tbsp
parsley flakes
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
bay leaf
medium carrots, quartered
medium potatoes, quartered
1 c
sliced celery
can beef broth

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown the beef stew meat in a large skillet or dutch oven. Add the onion, tomatoes with their liquid, beef broth, tapioca, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. If you are using a skillet, transfer this to a pot you can put in the oven or you can transfer this to a crockpot.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and stir. Add all the vegetables and cook until tender.
If I'm using my crockpot, I add the vegetables in at the same time I add the meat mixture. I slow cook it most of the day.
Just a note, I always double this recipe because we love to have leftovers. I've have even had to triple it before. The recipe feeds 4 to 6 people one good size bowl of stew each.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Hashtags: #crockpot, #stew

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Lori Spaidal lspaidal
Mar 17, 2014
I make this recipe but I throw everything in the pot raw and then cook it in the oven. Yum, yum!
Angela Cunningham angiecunningham404
Mar 16, 2014
I'm glad you enjoyed it! We still make this every week :)
Dave Franz justDave
Jan 19, 2014
Excellent flavor and pretty easy!Thank You
Judy Kaye paintedcookie
Feb 27, 2013
Angela, I have your recipe for Beef Stew in the oven as we speak. It smells wonderful. My hubby just gave me a beg hug. Needless to say he is looking forward to a great meal.
Nov 8, 2012 - Christine Fernandez shared this recipe with discussion group: Kiss the Chef