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father n law's v-8 beef stew

★★★★★ 25
a recipe by
Rose Mary Mogan
Sauk Village, IL

In my opinion, my Father in Law made the best Beef Stew I had ever eaten. I was surprised when he offered to share the recipe with me. He has since passed away, and I am so happy that he shared this recipe with me. The flavor is phenominal, the sauce is thick and rich. My Father N Law was a great cook, and I learned a lot from him, this recipe is dedicated in his memory. Every time I make it for the family It reminds me of him. I miss him dearly, but many of his recipes lives on because he was happy to share them with me, and now I make them for his son, who is now my husband.

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We love, love, loved the combination of meat and veggies in this stew. Pure, stewy perfection! Cut taters smaller if you are in a rush - That way you'll ensure they cook through.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 25
serves 6-8 hearty appetites
prep time 30 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For father n law's v-8 beef stew

  • 3 lb
    top of the round, or beef chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 tsp
    dried marjoram
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    granulated garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    granulated onion powder
  • 2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    coarsely grated black pepper
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp
    canola or olive oil, divided
  • 1 c
    spanish onions, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 lg
    can (48 oz) v-8 tomato juice cocktail
  • 16 oz
    beef broth
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp
    red pepper flakes, optional
  • 3-4
    ribs, celery, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 3 c
    carrots, chopped
  • 6 md
    red red skin potatoes, peeled & quartered into eights
  • 1 c
    dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 6 oz
    can tomato paste
  • 32 oz
    diced tomatoes, undrained

How To Make father n law's v-8 beef stew

  • 1
    In a gallon size zip lock bag, add flour, marjoram, garlic & onion powder, salt, thyme, black pepper & paprika. Shake to mix. Add cubed beef a few pieces at a time,coat evenly and remove to a large platter, till all meat has been coated.
  • 2
    Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large cast iron skillet, add meat a few pieces at a time, being careful not to over crowd the skillet, and brown meat on all sides. Repeat till all meat has been cooked and browned on all sides. Remove from skillet with a large slotted spoon to a large platter.
  • 3
    In a dutch oven or stock pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat, add onions & garlic, and saute till onions are soft and transparent, about 5 minutes.. Then add meat, V-8 Juice, pepper flakes, if using, bay leaves, beef broth, brown sugar, & stir to mix and allow to cook over low heat for 1 and a half hours, being sure to stir ever 10 to 15 minutes to prevent sticking. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • 4
    After 1 1/2 hours stir in carrots, celery & potatoes, red wine, diced tomatoes,& tomatoe paste. Stir till well mixed. Cover with a tight fitting lid & place in preheated oven and allow to continue to cook for an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove from oven, skim off any excess fat, remove bay leaves, and serve over noodles or rice, or with your favorite corn bread recipe.
  • 5
    See my favorite recipe for Mama's Buttermilk Corn Bread