Margaret's Old-Timey Beef Stew

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This recipe was received from one of my best friends, Margaret Hanks, in Abilene, Texas. She made this stew for her church parish Ladies Luncheon. It is still one of my all time favorite stews. It is hearty and filling. I serve it with warm, crusty French Bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the beef, in small batches, in oil.
  2. Return browned beef to the pot.
  3. Add the next 11 ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, lower heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. When meat is almost done, add the carrots, onions, and potatoes.
  6. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender.
  7. If you want the stew thicker, mix 1/2 cup cold water with 1/4 cup flour.
  8. Push vegetables and meat to one side of the pan and stir in flour mixture into stew.
  9. Cook and stir until gravey thickens and boils.
  10. Remove bay leaves before serving.


Most Helpful

You know I love this one, Mom!! So when are you going to make it for me??

Bobolink February 04, 2003

Great recipe, Miss Annie. The flavors were wonderful together, and it made a lovely gravy. The house smelled so good while it was simmering on the stove. I did substitute beef broth for the water, just to give it a bit heartier flavor. Also, it was a bit too peppery for our tastes, I'll cut back on the pepper next time. Thanks for submitting Margaret's recipe, we will be having this regularly.

Linda December 31, 2007

Really loved this! Good flavor and the beef was so tender. I also used beef broth. We ate half and froze half for later. Love the hint of allspice! I did thicken it, and we loved the gravy. Easy recipe too. Thanks Miss Annie, it's a keeper!

MizzNezz July 03, 2007

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