Perfect Winter Beef Stew

135 8 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each
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(225) 188 Reviews
Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
2
hr.
15
min.
Servings

8 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each

We'll show you how to use simple ingredients to make the perfect, classic beef stew. This recipe is foolproof and guaranteed to become a favourite winter staple.

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  • Pour dressing over beef in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat beef with dressing. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings.
  • Add mushrooms and onions to Dutch oven; cook on medium-high heat 10 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove meat from marinade; discard bag and marinade. Add to Dutch oven with bacon, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and broth; stir.
  • Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cover. Simmer on low heat 1 hour 30 min. or until beef is done and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally and uncovering after 1 hour 15 min.

Special Extra

For more flavour, add 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves to Dutch oven with the meat and vegetables.

How to Discard Bacon Drippings

Do not pour bacon drippings down the sink. Instead, carefully pour drippings into empty can. (Bacon drippings will be extremely hot.) Place can in refrigerator until drippings have solidified. Then, discard both the can and the drippings.

How to Prepare Stew in Slow Cooker

Marinate beef and cook bacon, onions and mushrooms as directed. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Add beef, onions, mushrooms and remaining ingredients to slow cooker; cook 10 to 12 hours on LOW (or 5 to 6 hours on HIGH). Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour mixed with 2 Tbsp. water. Cook 15 min. or until sauce is thickened.

Servings

  • 8 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 420
% Daily Value
Total fat 17g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 710mg
Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary fibre 4g
Sugars 9g
Protein 37g
   
Vitamin A 80 %DV
Vitamin C 45 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 30 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • ajraine |

    This was my first time making a beef stew - the dish turned out alright, but I think I'll try future stews in a slow cooker rather than stovetop. I've been making other Kraft recipes lately that have been much tastier (and less time consuming), so I think I'll stick to quicker recipes...or have my slow cooker do all the work!!

  • pkevans |

    I love this recipe. I make it several times a year. It's so easy to make.

  • kitchenvixen |

    I use this recipe all the time and I just made it today, so I thought I would add a pic! Very easy to make and has great flavor. I do like my stew very thick, so I add a rue to make the sauce thicker, add a bay leaf, some Worcester sauce and no recipe is complete without some S&P.

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