I love, love, love beef stew. It reminds me of growing up in cold hometown and of my dad! He made the best beef stew. This is a good recipe, but for me, it doesn’t compare to his! This Beef Stew Recipe Without Wine is classic, but I adapted it slightly and I also share how to cook beef stew in a Dutch oven, and in a slow cooker.
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 12 ounces beef stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 3 cups vegetable juice (2 cups for slow cooker)
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups cubed potato (about 3 medium)
- 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 cup sliced carrot (2 medium)
- optional: cornstarch and cooking liquid to thicken the stew if you like it thick.
You can also add green beans, peas, and celery.
Makes 5 servings (about 7 cups)
- Place flour in a plastic bag. Add meat cubes, a few at a time, shaking to coat.
- In a Dutch oven (or a large saucepan) brown the meat in hot oil and drain fat. Stir in vegetable juice, water, onion, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon granules, oregano, marjoram, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 60 to 75 min (1 hr or 1 1/4 hour) or until meat is almost tender.
- Stir in potato, corn, and carrot. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.
Beef Stew in Slow-cooker
- Prepare and brown meat as above.
- In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker layer meat, onion, potatoes, corn, and carrot.
- Combine 2 cups vegetable juice with water, bouillon granules, oregano, marjoram, pepper, and bay leaf. Add Worcestershire sauce and mix well. Pour the mixture in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on a low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on a high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.