This is wonderful! I too love beef stew and I'm rather picky about it, lol. This is perfect. Simple (you don't even have to brown the beef) and very tasty. I've never made my stew with V8 before, but really loved it here. The only thing I changed from the directions was to add a little salt and some white pepper. And, as is usual with leftover stew, this is even better the next day. Thanks Weeezer for a great comfort meal. Made for PAC Spring 2008.