Mom’s Slow-Cooked Beef Stew

You guys! Real talk, this is one of my most favorite meals my mom makes ever! I am so excited she gave me the recipe to share with you. It is the perfect time of year for a good slow-cooked stew. It is just chilly enough where you can have your oven on for hours and not even care.

But, I mean with the smells coming from this cooking away in your oven, why would you care if your house was a little toastier than normal? Seriously!

Growing up, my mom would only make one dish of stew and it would feed all five us. However, as we got older, my poor mom would have to make two separate big dishes of this stew just to get through one dinner.

I mostly blame my brothers and dad for that. They would shovel down serving after serving of stew as if frickin’ Goldie Locks was beating down their door trying to get her little hands on their food. Savages.

Ok, maybe I put a good dent in the stew too. I would do my share secretly though. I would come home from school and see the stew cooling on the stove. I would quietly peel back the foil. Let the steam clear, then pluck out a green bean or potato or two with my fingers, and shove it in my mouth quickly before my mom heard or saw me. I’d place the foil back on and go on my merry way. I may or may not have suffered a burnt finger or tongue in the process.

Well worth it though!

You know what is awesome about this stew? You just do some peeling, chopping, and measuring, then throw this baby in the oven, and let the oven do the rest. It is that easy! Plus it freezes and reheats like a dream. My mom always says it tastes even better the next day.

Oh! My second favorite thing about this meal is that we would always eat the stew with big seedy slices of rye bread and butter on the side. You know that for me, it’s all about the carbs!

Mom’s Slow-Cooked Beef Stew
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4-6

  • 2 Pounds Beef, round steak, stew meat, or tenderloin
  • 6 Small Potatoes, peeled*
  • 1 Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 14.5oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 13 oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1-2 Cups Low-Sodium Beef Stock
  • 1 Can Whole Green Beans, drained*
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Add beef chunks to a large glass baking dish, preferably around 9×13-inches. Season the beef with salt, pepper, and corn starch. Toss to evenly coat.
  3. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions to the dish. Arrange in one even layer as best you can.
  4. Pour in the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef stock. Only use enough beef stock to cover the beef and vegetables.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for three hours.
  6. After three hours, remove the dish from the oven, remove the foil, and add the green beans. Place the dish back in the oven for another thirty minutes.
  7. Let the stew cool for ten minutes at least before serving. Dish will last up to four days in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator or up to a month if frozen.

*You can substitute peeled and chopped sweet potatoes and thawed frozen green beans if you like.


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    • says

      Actually you cook this in the oven. You could try and make this in the crock pot. I would suggest cutting the amount of tomato sauce and beef stock in half so it is more hearty and not watery. I would try cooking it on high for three hours and see how that goes. Let me know if it works out.

  1. says

    This looks like a perfect, comforting Winter meal! We received our first dump of snow the other day and the temperatures are downright cold. This is just the kind of thing I look forward to eating when I get home from a long day.

  2. says

    Man–we are totally on the same wave length! First our tomato and white bean soups and then today we both post a recipe from our Mom’s! Great minds think alike. :) This looks like a great slow cooker recipe–love it!

    • says

      They are like bottomless pits! I have been making one and a half portion of this stew the last few years. I can’t get myself to go all the way to two because it is just for me and my husband.

      • Susan says

        All in the same pan? 9×13 And the crushed tomatoes I get are more like puree. Should I go with that or whole tomatoes I crush myself? I like the way you can see some tomato flesh in your photo. I had a favorite stew recipe for probably 30 years and have lost it. I know it had celery salt in it, so I’ll throw some in and see what happens. Thanks for the recipe!

        • says

          Yep, all in the same pan. And I would suggest using canned diced tomatoes if the crushed ones are more like a purée because that won’t make it too saucy/watery.

          • Susan says

            Thanks. Perhaps it was the brand I bought and I should just try another if I can remember. Hope you’re feeling well and most importantly, sleeping well!

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