Donna's Best Beef Stew

Donna Thiemann


I've been making this beef stew for many years now and my husband loves to take it to work and I never get any of it!

Simmer in a Dutch Oven for 1-1/2 hrs then add vegetables till tender.

This recipe is also suitable for a crock pot just don't add more than 3/4 full of the ingredients!

NOTE: Never tell them you found this recipe, just serve and let them admire your handy work! That will be our secret!

The wine is divine in this beautiful stew!The small amount is not over powering at all. If your family does not care for wine I suggest using the same amount of beef broth.


★★★★★ 13 votes

15 Min
8 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 2 lb
    beef stew meat, cubed to bite size
  • 1 c
    baby carrots
  • 6 large
    baking potatoes, scrubed, chopped
  • 32 oz
    beef broth, reduced sodium
  • 1 pkg
    onion soup mix
  • 1 can(s)
    healthy request cream of mushroom soup, or dry pkg beef gravy
  • 1/2 c
    carbernet sauvignon, or merlot wine (use a good
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp
    seasoning salt, such as mccormick's
  • 2-3 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    water, cold

How to Make Donna's Best Beef Stew


  1. Brown stew meat in a little vegetable oil. Add McCormick’s season all salt, garlic powder and onion powder to stew meat while browning. Add remaining ingredients. Set for desired time, 4hrs, 6 hrs, and 8-10 hrs. I cook mine for the longest time possible as it makes for a richer broth! This may be simmered on low for 1-1/2 hours in a DUTCH OVEN, before adding the vegetables. Once vegetables are added simmer an additional 20-30 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are fork tender!
  2. When vegetables are tender...thicken broth, add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch to ½ cup of cold water. Mix till smooth and add to stew. Stir well until broth is thickened.
  3. *The longer the stew cooks the more tender the meat and richer the broth.*

Printable Recipe Card

About Donna's Best Beef Stew

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

Show 43 Comments & Reviews

15 Fish Recipes to Have for Dinner This Summer

15 Fish Recipes to Have for Dinner This Summer

Fish recipes are one of our favorite go-to summer dinners. Fried, grilled or baked – we love that we can prepare our favorite fish in a variety of ways so we’ll never be bored. Pair these easy fish recipes with your favorite vegetables, a salad, or pasta for a complete meal!

10 Easy Baked Beans Recipes That’ll Become Your New Favorite

10 Easy Baked Beans Recipes That’ll Become Your New Favorite

A summer BBQ menu isn’t complete without a side of baked beans. They’re delicious with a juicy burger or a nicely grilled hot dog. It’s a classic side dish that can be prepared sweeter (think apples and brown sugar) or savory (hello bacon!). All these recipes start with canned beans which makes prep a breeze. […]

Make the Most of Summer Tomatoes

Make the Most of Summer Tomatoes

Tomatoes are at their juiciest right now, so it’s the perfect time to use them in your weekly menu. Did you know there are more than 3,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and a total of 15,000 known varieties? If you want to know some of the types, we have a rundown here. From breakfast casseroles […]