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Beef Stew Recipe

This beef stew recipe always gets a full ten stars. If you're after beef crock pot dinners, this hearty soup should be on your menu plan as soon as possible!
Course Crock Pot Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword beef stew recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 lb. stew meat
  • 1/2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup diced carrots
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 Russet potatoes peeled and diced into 1/2 inch squares
  • 46 oz tomato juice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 T sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick barley


  1. Sprinkle seasonings on stew meat
  2. Brown stew meat in vegetable oil until browned on most sides (do not cook all the way)
  3. Add tomato juice to stew meat
  4. Add chicken broth, all vegetables, bay leaf and sugar to tomato and meat mixture
  5. Cook on low in crock pot for 7 hours
  6. Add barley to soup mixture, stir and let cook for 1+ more hours
  7. Remove bay leaf from soup
  8. Enjoy with a warm buttered roll, or crackers on top!

Recipe Notes

If you use regular barley, that would need to go in with vegetables at the beginning of the instructions.