California Beef Stew

READY IN: 3hrs
Recipe by PJ Funnybunny

My first attempt at beef stew (hard to believe). The reason I made it is my mother broke her wrist and she loves beef stew...and guess what? She loved it! So did I and my husband. We've made it again and again.

Top Review by alichte_

Excellent recipe and a great twist on an old time favorite! We even added som green olives for more flavor. Have fun and enjoy. --E--

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In 6 quart dutch oven over medium-high heat fry bacon until crisp and then push bacon to side of pan.
  2. To drippings in pan, add stew meat and cook until well browned.
  3. Stir in one cup water, wine and next six ingredients; heat to boiling.
  4. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 2 1/2 hours or until meat is fork tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile in a covered 2 quart saucepan over high heat, in about 1 inch boiling, salted water, cook onions ten minutes; add mushrooms and cook 4 more minutes and then drain.
  6. Blend cornstarch and 3 tbsps. water; stir into stew and cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened.
  7. Add onions, mushrooms, frozen peas and olives and cover.
  8. Cook 10 minutes or until peas are fork tender.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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