Classic and Hearty Beef Stew

During the colder months, it’s a great time to enjoy a hearty meal that Grandma used to make. Perfect for warming you up from the inside out! It is simple to make as well as filling and not fattening.

Makes 6 servings


  • 2 lbs. beef cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 cups boiling water or tomato juice
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tbsp. pepper
  • ½ Tbsp. paprika
  • Dash of allspice or ground cloves
  • 6 carrots cut in quarters
  • 6 potatoes cut in chunks
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup of flour



Brown beef cubes in shortening for about 20 minutes. Add onion, water, salt, lemon juice, sugar, worcestershire sauce, pepper, paprika, and allspice or cloves. Cover and simmer 2 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add vegetables. Simmer 30 minutes longer.

Combine water and flour. Stir until smooth. Pull vegetables and meat to one side of pan. Add flour mixture and stir until grave is thickened.


Add 1 ½ cups of green beans with vegetables.

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