Slow Cooked Beef Stew

photo by Leigh Beisch

This is a new weekday favorite recipe in our family. It is so easy to prepare and is placed in the oven for most of the day. Sometimes I put it in late at night and I wake up in the morning and the whole house smells delicious. I serve it over rice.

2-½ pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
12 ounces baby carrots
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 turnips, peeled and cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 small onions, quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2-½ cups seasoned tomato juice like V-8 juice (but that type is not kosher)
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
3-½ tablespoons tapioca

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine beef with carrots, potatoes, turnips, and onions. Add garlic, celery seeds, thyme, salt and pepper and mix well.
In a small bowl, whisk together the V-8 juice, wine, mustard, brown sugar and tapioca, making sure to dissolve the sugar and tapioca. Add this mixture to the meat and vegetables. Stir well to blend.
Transfer stew to a Dutch oven. Cover and cook 5 hours without peeking. This can be done in a slow cooker too.

8 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Beef Stew

  1. Elizabeth-
    Is it possible to put this up Erev Shabbos for a Shabbos Lunch meal? How would that work in a crock pot?

    • Try it. I have not but put it up on high for about one hour and then switch it to low before shabbos. It should be delicious. You may need to leave in the bones so that you do not violate the prohibition of borer.

  2. Can anyone tell me please what V-8 juice is ?
    I don’t live in the US & have never heard of this type of juice.

  3. Hi Mika,
    V-8 is like tomato juice. I bet you could substitute tomato juice, or even tomato sauce…

    • Hi Tamara,
      Sure I can substitute with tomato juice.
      Thanks so much for your reply.
      I usually add a glass of red cooking wine to my beef stews,
      but will try this new way. It sounds easy & delicious.

      • Yes, you are right. V-8 juice is a seasoned tomato juice so you can use tomato juice in its place