Absolutely the Best Amish Beef Stew

"This is just what its name implies...the absolute best beef stew ever. It is wonderful in the colder weather and really warms you up. I got the basic recipe from an old Amish cookbook and tweeked it a bit. My family loves it with home baked bread, so I always make Amish White Bread, recipe #26526 to go along with it."
Absolutely the Best Amish Beef Stew created by Karen=^..^=
Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • Melt shortening over high heat in a large pot or dutch oven.
  • Add beef cubes and brown over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add onions, boiling water, salt, lemon juice, sugar, worcestershire sauce, pepper, paprika, allspice and cloves.
  • Simmer, tightly covered, for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add vegetables and simmer another 30 minutes (covered), or until tender.
  • Note: if your lid is not tight on the pot, you may not have enough liquid left to just about cover everything after you add the veggies.
  • If this is the case, add more water to barely cover ingredients.
  • Mix cold water and flour together and blend until smooth.
  • Push meat and veggies to the side of the pot and add flour mixture slowly, incorporating into liquid.
  • When gravy thickens, stir all ingredients gently to distribute gravy evenly.
  • Simmer another 5 or 10 minutes and enjoy!

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  1. pbridges0630
    what are boneless beef cubes
  2. Cember M.
    Instead of 4 cups of water use 4 cups of tomato juice. That's how real men do it anyway...
  3. Cember M.
    Instead of 4 cups of water use 4 cups of tomato juice. That's how real men do it anyway...
  4. noell.alley
    Really good. I had some canned beef, so I just skipped the 2 hour cooking of the beef and saut?ed the onions in the oil and spices a little while before adding the veggies. I added the beef long enough to warm and get some of the flavoring. It worked great.
  5. Piper Lee
    This was so totally yummy! I have been experimenting with stews lately and I just have not been able to get it right. I shall look no more for another recipe. This was so easy and tastes fantastic! Thanks so much for posting it. My 5 children and my husband loved it too. I had no idea that those spices would make it taste so good. Thanks to you Karen and the Amish!! Happy Eating!<br/><br/>Just wanted to update and let you know how much we love this recipe. It's now 2011 and we've been enjoying this as our ONLY stew recipe all these years now. It's simply the best ever!


<p>I live in Pa (outside of Philadelphia) and cooking, baking, cross-stitching and reading are my hobbies. <br /> <br />I collect cookbooks and cookie stamps/cutters and have a pretty big collection of both. I am also a fan of all things Amish, so I have quite a collection of things picked up in Reading, Lancaster and surrounding areas here in Pennsylvania. <br /> <br />I have 4 kids, who are the loves of my life and cooking for them and my husband keeps me on my toes! ;) <br /> <br />We bought an ice cream parlor in March 04 and it's been quite an experience! <br /> <br />Note: I love getting feedback on my recipes; all I ask is that you actually *make* them before reviewing them. <br /> <br />Also, if you make changes or substitutions, I'd love to see your suggestions and/or comments, but I'd appreciate no rating at all if it's not made as posted. Too many recipe reviews state margarine subbed for butter (if I list butter, it's REAL butter), different spices, low-fat ingredients, whole wheat flour instead of white, etc. The recipes will not work/taste as intended, so it's really not fair to rate them as such. <br /> <br />I'd also really appreciate it if you refrain from rating a recipe if you overcook or overbake it or it you don't refrigerate or store as listed. <br /> <br />I, of course, will adhere to the above when rating recipes, too! <br /> <br />Thanks and have a great day! <br /> <br />My Rating System: <br /> <br />***** A delicious recipe that was thoroughly enjoyed. It has excellent, detailed directions and is perfect as is. If a dish is especially easy, and I'm on the fence, I will give it 5* for ease even if it's very good instead of great. Something I will definitely make again. <br /> <br />**** Excellent recipe but confusing directions that I will make again in my own less confusing way OR Very good recipe that I'll probably make again if I find the time! <br /> <br />*** Good/OK recipe but probably not something I would make again OR Very Good recipe that doesn't have clear, detailed directions. <br /> <br />** Recipe was edible but not really enjoyed and will not be made again. Work involved not a good trade-off for the end result. <br /> <br />* Not edible and probably an error in the recipe. I feel that I pick recipes with ingredients our family likes, so in my opinion, there's an error somewhere. If there's a chance I made the error, I won't rate the recipe. ;) <br /> <br /><img src=http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/lauralie41/swapbanner.jpg border=0 alt=Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket /> <br /> <br /><a href=http://s224.photobucket.com/albums/dd235/MidwestMaven/?action=view&amp;current=cookieswapparticip.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd235/MidwestMaven/cookieswapparticip.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket /></a> <br /> <br /><img src=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/honey-pot-print-c10069558.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket /> <br /> <br /><a href=http://s224.photobucket.com/albums/dd235/MidwestMaven/?action=view&amp;current=09holidayparticipationbanner.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd235/MidwestMaven/09holidayparticipationbanner.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket /></a></p>
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