Spicy Beef Stew

If you think stew can be “blah” or “boring,” you’ll enjoy this easy, flavorful dish. As one reader says, “Very delicious, warming, and tasty. Just the thing after a hard day’s work in the garden. Eaten with baked potato and crusty bread.” A proven family favorite.


2 pounds lean beef (preferably chuck roast)
2 large onions, cut into wedges
1 pound new potatoes, cut in half
1 package (1 pound) baby carrots
1-1/2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans (11-1/2 ounces each) hot and spicy vegetable juice
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley


Cut beef into 1- to 1-½-inch cubes; place in a 4-½-quart Dutch oven. Add onions and next seven ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; cover and transfer to oven.

Bake 4 hours at 250 degrees. Do not peek. Do not stir. Garnish if desired. Serve with cornbread.

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6 to 8 servings

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I've never made something

I've never made something like this before, and it was great. My family of 3 got three meals from this recipe, and the longer it sat the better it was. I added garlic, a few mushrooms, and a little celery. I will definitely make this again - amazing with crusty warm bread.

Sounds great but need help:

Sounds great but need help: what is "hot and spicy vegetable juice"? I haven't lived in the States for almost 20 years so will need to make whatever substitute I can based on knowing what the original is! Thanks.

Sounds like it could be the

Sounds like it could be the hot, spicy V-8 juice. If not available, I'd try tomato juice spiced up.

Hi Clark, It is V-8 Hot and

Hi Clark, It is V-8 Hot and Spicy Tomato Juice. Good Luck!

I would use a product called

I would use a product called Snappy Tom its a good spicy vegetable juice

V-8 makes a spicy vegetable

V-8 makes a spicy vegetable juice. Other than that, make veggie juice with some Tabasco maybe?

V-8 Juice used to make a

V-8 Juice used to make a spicy type of V-8 try that. Steve

The onsought of Autum &

The onsought of Autum & cooler temp's makes this dish especially Great! Cornbread, Old Fashioned large buttermilk biscuts and even Garlic toast are a great complement. I've used a slow cooker for almost the same recipe and it comes out great BUT there is no substitute for the ol' Iron Dutch Oven.
While reading the ingrediants I could almost smell it cooking and taste the stew it self.
I've always used "Fresh Ground Pepper" - ground med to course, it seems to spice it up a little also. A couple of Bay leaves also brings out the taste of the carrots and potatoes.