5 pounds of meat is a lot of meat, you should specify the size of your dutch oven. Mine is 3 qts and would definately not hold 5 pounds of beef. I had to do my 3 lbs. of beef in batches, and the soup/milk mix turned out lumpy, since I used the same soup/milk mix to 3 lbs of floured/browned beef. And even though I used a cream of mushroom soup mix with roasted garlic, and sliced baby bellos, it's still pretty bland.