This is a great beef stew recipe! I only had about a pound and a half of beef stew so I used about half the amount of vegetables called for. I did use the whole can of tomatoes and the entire packet of au jus mix so it might have been a little more liquidy than the full recipe would have been but that's no problem for me! A great new addition to my slow cooker cookbook! Made for My-3-Chefs June 2012.