Test our Beef Stew Cook-Off winner’s best down-home beef stew recipe.

Difficulty Rating: Easy
Recipe From: Tennessee Home and Farm


  • 2 ½ pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 ¼ cup beef stock
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 ½ cups potatoes, cubed
  • ⅓ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add oil and meat to kettle, and brown beef on all sides over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low, add one cup beef stock and slow cook the beef for approximately 1 hour.
  4. After meat is tender, add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Cook over medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Remove bay leaf, and serve with crackers or cornbread.
Recipe From: Farm Flavor - www.farmflavor.com

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