mnmom Member since: May 8, 2010 REVIEW: This is an old stand by recipe. Never fails, always good, everyone always likes it.
Oct 31, 2013
cocoaloco Member since: November 7, 2013 REVIEW: I feared this might get too salty with the soup mix and bouilon cube but it didn't. We enjoyed this stew very much.
Jan 3, 2012
TNcook REVIEW: I've been using this recipe for years. To thicken I add 1/4c Instant Tapioca Pudding. I also increase the liquid by adding beef broth or water w/ beef bouillon cubes. I also add some additional diced tomatoes. Add more spices to taste. 7 hours at 250 or 5 hours at 300. Enjoy!
Jan 16, 2011
silvernight96 Member since: January 16, 2011 REVIEW: Turned out great! I upped the ante a bit with the spices and sauce by adding three bouillon cubes and some extra beef broth for enhanced flavor, some other added spice blends for personal preference to. Had to thicken a little so used the cornstarch trick. I would definitely make this stew again for guests or as a great family meal!
Feb 28, 2010
Guest Foodie REVIEW: Left out the potatoes, added 1 1/4c of beef broth for the water (so didn't use bouillon cube) 1/4c of merlot and a lot more then a dash of thyme and oregano and a bay leaf. Ended up adding a little more beef broth at the end because there wasn't enough for me. So yummy and the merlot really added some depth to it!
Feb 27, 2010
kriss COMMENT: Something's wrong with this recipe! There isn't nearly enough liquid for it to cook in the crockpot. I needed to add quite a bit of water, and even then, it wasn't enough.
CDKitchen Note: The crockpot creates steam (assuming the lid fits properly and it isn't one of the kinds that overcooks everything) which will make up the rest of the liquid. The liquid called for in the recipe looks like it should be enough based on that.
Jan 28, 2010
BBB COMMENT: Needed something to thicken it up so will try the cornstarch. It was very bland so will punch up the spices also.
Jan 13, 2010
mom2sj REVIEW: tried this for my 1st slow cooker meal and it was very good! my picky husband had seconds and my 6yr old enjoyed it too. It was looking more like beef soup, so at the end I took out 3-4 tbs of the broth and mixed it with 2 tbs cornstarch, then poured the mixture back into the slowcooker, mixed it up and let it cook a bit longer (the carrots weren't quite soft enough yet) - about 15-20 min. - thickened up the sauce just enough and gave it a heartier texture and taste. Will make again!
Nov 3, 2009
nutty REVIEW: I'm not even a beef stew fan, but this was quite good and I'll make it again.
Apr 17, 2009
kelliepie Member since: April 17, 2009 REVIEW: My family loved this stew and it was very easy to make in the slow cooker. Will definitely make it again!