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Beef Stew recipe that has a secret ingredient in it that makes it extra delicious and hearty for a cold winter's night meal.
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Beef Stew With Secret Ingredient

Better than Grandma's Beef Stew and easy to make. Serve the stew by itself or spooned over dumplings.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Stew
Servings: 4
Calories: 400kcal
Author: In My Own Style


  • 1-1/2 pounds chuck loin cubes
  • 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 8-12 ounces sherry cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups potatoes, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups carrots, chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • Aunt Anne's Flat Dumplings optional


  • Flour beef cubes and brown in butter in a Dutch Oven.
  • Cook onions and garlic in with the beef until tender.
  • Add water, sherry, parsley, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Cover and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, celery, green pepper; Cover again and simmer 15 minutes or longer until the veggies are soft.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1930mg | Potassium: 846mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 62mg