Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs

Don't let the fact that it's made with V-8 fool you. The sauce thickens and becomes almost unrecognizable as having V-8 in it. I cobbled this recipe together between BH&G, mom, and Joy. It makes a lot, but that's ok, because the leftovers get more delicious with time, as the flavors blend with each other.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the beef with the thyme, marjoram, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place flour in a covered bowl or a large sealable plastic bag.
  3. Add the beef, a small batch at a time, and shake to coat pieces.
  4. Shake off excess flour.
  5. Repeat until all the meat is coated.
  6. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil or fat over medium-high heat.
  7. Add the meat in batches and brown the meat on all sides.
  8. Do not crowd the pan or scorch the meat.
  9. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  10. Repeat until all the meat is browned.
  11. Reserve 2 Tbsp of fat from the pan (if there is not enough, add enough to make 2 Tbsp).
  12. In a Dutch oven or a large stockpot, heat the oil or fat over medium heat.
  13. Add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
  14. Return the meat to the pan and stir to coat and combine.
  15. Stir in vegetable juice, bouillon, hot pepper sauce, bay leaves, thyme, marjoram, and water.
  16. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
  17. Cover; simmer for 1 1/4 hours, stirring every 10 minutes or so (making sure no residue thickens on the bottom of the pan).
  18. Stir in celery, potatoes, and carrot.
  19. Cover; simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  20. Skim off fat.
  21. Serve over fresh-cooked egg noodles or white rice.


Most Helpful

This was a great recipe. I love v-8 juice, so I knew when I saw the title that I would have to try this. I used the hot spicy v-8, so left off the hot pepper sauce, but other than that I didn't change a thing.

Jellyqueen May 03, 2003

This is pretty much how I've been making beef stew for years. Very Good!

McNealman345 December 05, 2011

I always make my beef stew with V8, but a little differently~~thought I would try yours. I like the addition of marjoram & thyme. I did add the 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves that I usually do, try it! I used 2 lbs. of stew meat which we found was plenty, only 1 cup of celery (not a real fan) and a cup of frozen peas at the end. Loved it1

Ms. Mother Earth March 09, 2011

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