This is THE only way I make my beef stew! It is very similar to the ol' Dinty Moore brand (but homemade). We like it very much. It really is very easy to make and great on a cold winter day! The gravy thickens quite nicely on its own cause you stir in the extra flour while browning the beef! I have been making this stew for more than 10 years and would love for you to try it!