Home-Style Vegetable Beef Stew Recipe

Vegetable beef stew
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    160 min

This is a tasty stew, made with flavorful meaty beef shanks and loads of different vegetables. This recipe uses celery, onion, corn, lima beans, potatoes, and turnips.

Beef shanks are sometimes called soup bones. They include meat, fat, and bones and are inexpensive. They will add flavor and body to this hearty stew. However, you will have the step of removing the meat to discard the bones and excess fat during the cooking process. If you can't find beef shanks, or you'd prefer to skip that step, use about 1 pound or so of beef stew meat.

What You'll Need

  • 2 to 3 beef shanks, about 2 pounds
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (approximately 10.5 ounces) condensed French onion soup
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 to 3 medium red-skinned potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, about 2 to 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 medium white turnip, cubed, about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans or baby limas, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt or Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons flour mixed with an equal amount of cold water

How to Make It

  1. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, combine the beef shanks, broth, onion soup, water, celery, and onion. Bring it to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat for about 45 to 60 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots, potatoes, and white turnip to the pot. Cook for 20 minutes longer.
  3. Remove the beef and cut it up. Discard the fat and bones. Return the cut-up beef to the stockpot.
  4. Add the corn, Lima beans, and seasonings to the stockpot. Cover and cook for about 45 minutes, or until Lima beans are tender.
  5. Combine the flour and water and stir it into the stew mixture.
  6. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 to 20 minutes, until thickened.
  7. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

This stew is a meal in a pot, but you may want to start with a leafy green salad to round it out for flavor and texture. Crusty bread or rolls are also enjoyable to have with stew. A beef stew can be enjoyed with a hearty red wine or a stout beer.

You can modify this recipe for the crockpot if you prefer, adding all of the ingredients at the beginning and removing the bones and fat before thickening the sauce.