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Old-Time Beef Stew

Updated on July 19, 2013

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About Beef Stew

I grew up with this stew. Both my grandmother and mother made this on weekends, and anytime the pastor was coming over for dinner. My grandmother even told me story's of her mother making this. This stew was my favorite meal as a child. The smell of it cooking would fell the house and know one could wait for it to be done. Just think about it still makes my mouth water. My mother would sever hers with homemade yeast rolls. While my grand mother would choose a sweet corn bread. The cornbread was always what I wanted, and recommend serving it some with your stew.

This is the same recipe that they made and that I now make for my family. You can add pearl onions, green beans, or corn to it if you want, but enjoy my just basic sometime I will even leave out the peas


Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 15 min
Yields: Feeds 6-8


  • 2 Lbs beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp lard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled, and cubed
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 c Peas
  • 5c water
  • 1/4 c Flour
  1. Brown Meat in lard, until it is brown on all sides
  2. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, pepper, paprika, and clove. Cover and simmer for 2 hours
  3. Remove bay leaves. Add carrots, potatoes, peas and celery. Cover and cook for another hour
  4. Mix flour with 1/2 cup water to make a smooth paste. mix into stew and cook until it is a bit thicker.

This Is A More Modern Recipe If You Want Something Newer


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    • WhatToCook profile image

      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks for stopping by I'm glad you like the recipe.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This sounds like my type of stew!