This is a basic beef stew recipe from that I found as I was searching for a new stew recipe to try out. It was good! It is definitely a basic, no frills recipe, which actually is kind of nice because then you can add whatever you would like to give it a more personalized flavor. The original recipe called for bacon bits, which I did not have on hand, but I’m sure would have added some good flavor to it.

Basic Beef Stew


  • 1 to 1-1/2 lb. stew beef
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 3-1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T. bacon bits
  • 3 T. brown sugar
  • 1 to 1-1/2 c. frozen (or drained canned) peas


  1. Place the carrots, potatoes and beef in a crockpot.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients (except peas) into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Remove sauce from heat and pour over the meat and vegetables in the crockpot.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 12 hours (or HIGH for 6 hours), adding water if necessary.
  5. Add peas about 20-30 minutes before serving.


Stove Top Directions: Start by making your sauce in a large pot. Once that is ready, add your meat, potatoes and carrots. Cover and simmer until your meat is tender. (You can check at about an hour or so, but I would plan on it taking at least an hour and a half, if not longer.) Again, add your peas about 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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