Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 140 MINUTES

2 ratings
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  • 2 lbs stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash allspice, or ground cloves
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 red potatoes, quartered
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

Old-Time Beef Stew


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2 Reviews

Mary P
Mary P 1/12/2016
Wow Paula! Hubby

Wow Paula! Hubby and I have been married 50 years and after he ate your Old-Time Beef Stew he gave me the highest cooking compliment ever!!! ;))) Thanks...love you and your family! You are an Angel!!!

Susan 11/10/2014
I have made this

I have made this before, and we all love it! The best beef stew my family ever had! Excellent, a good choice for a nasty, cold day!

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