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BROWN BEEF STEW – The Southern Lady Cooks


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Brown Beef Stew - The Southern Lady Cooks

Brown beef stew is an old-fashioned recipe usually made in a skillet on top of the stove.  This stew is easy and makes a delicious meal anytime.  This recipe could be doubled for a gathering and is wonderful served with cornbread or over biscuits.  It is very versatile in that you can add your favorite vegetables and even change the spices to suit your taste.  This stew should freeze well, too.

Brown Beef Stew Ingredients Needed:

Beef stew meat

All Purpose Flour


Beef broth

V-8 juice (can use tomato juice)

Worcestershire sauce


Minced garlic

Black pepper

Bay leaves




This is a super versatile dish and you could easily add green beans to it or cabbage, lots of extra possibilities. This stew really has a wonderful taste and my whole family loved it. I made fried cornbread to go with it and it was a hearty dish on a cold night. This dish reheated just fine which is always nice, you could easily enjoy this one for a few nights.

You can easily use chicken broth or water in place of the beef broth and tomato juice in place of the V-8 juice. I think the V-8 juice gave this dish a great flavor.

This dish can easily be made in the crock pot too, directions in the printable recipe card below. 


Brown Beef Stew - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Brown Beef Stew

Delicious beef stew that can be made in a skillet or in the crock pot.

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: Brown Beef Stew

Servings: 6 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup beef broth can use water or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups V-8 juice can use tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion cut in pieces
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cut up
  • 3 to 4 carrots scraped and cut into pieces
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet. Coat the stew meat with the flour and brown in the butter. Whisk together the broth, V-8 juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, minced garlic and black pepper in a bowl.

  • Pour over the stew meat. Add the potatoes, carrots and onion to the skillet along with the bay leaves.

  • Cover and bring to a boil, turn down to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until the vegetables are tender.

  • Remove bay leaves.

  • Serve and enjoy.

This recipe could be made in the crock pot by browning the meat in a skillet and then add it along with all the other ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for about 4 hours. You could also add celery, peas or green beans to the recipe.

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