9 Reviews

A bottle of ketchup comes in so many sizes as we know. So I added 2 cups in the first time, we enjoyed it but I feel 1 cup would be sufficient. Will fix again using less ketchup. UPDATE: One week later...I wanted to inform you that, Grandma Bessie''s Beef Stew was a complete success this time. The one cup of ketchup was just the right amount.

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Charlotte J January 21, 2002

I'm sorry yours turned out like it did. I have personally made this for over 30 years and NEVER once has it tasted like Ketchup. I don't know what you did wrong but I am truly sorry. This is really very good. Granted, it does make a lot. Growing up in a large family you learn to cook for an army.

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Lali November 23, 2001

This was very easy to make and very good! It does make a big pot but beef stew is easy to freeze. I will definitely make again and keep in my recipe file.

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Ellen Brody October 01, 2001

I hope I'll never serve 15. Sounds great. I'm glad that somebody besides myself isn't afraid to use ketchup. The vinegar, and spices. Great stuff.

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John Skrable October 03, 2001

Thanks Lali, this turned out so very good. We had company over and Everyone Raved about this. Not much in the way of leftovers either.

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Tisso February 12, 2002

This one was a train wreck. I cut the recipe in half and was glad not to waste more ingredients. It had the worst flavor of ketchup. No one in our large family would eat it and had to throw the entire thing away. This was one of those recipes that we wonder how anyone could make this and think it's good.

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Laurie Basso November 22, 2001

This recipe turned out great for me. I was particularly drawn to it because my dear grandmother was named Bessie....anyways...turned out wonderfully...thanks

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macy0611 November 13, 2002

Just a tip about the size of ketchup bottles (since this recipe only calls for "1 bottle," without any specific measurements). A small size glass bottle of ketchup measures about 1 1/4 cups (300ml) and weighs 14 ounces (397grams). Hopefully this will help out those wondering how much ketchup to add when they have a more modern sized ketchup bottle.

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HeatherFeather December 16, 2009

I made this for my family for Christmas. I doubled the recipe except, I used 1/2 bottle of ketchup, 1/2 a large onion and added fresh bell peppers. I also marinated the beef in a mesquite marinade for 24 hours before cooking. Once together with the veggies, I let it simmer on the stove for 10 hours. It chilled over night in the frigde and was re-heated on at my mom's in about 20 minutes. My family is very picky about what they eat and they have turned down things that I have made for them before, but this time they eat every last drop. Then, my grandmother asked me for the recipe! This is a winner with a few tweeks.

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Frozen Food Master February 22, 2009
Grandma Bessie's Beef Stew