Grandma Bessie's Beef Stew

Recipe by Lali8752
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READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
SERVES: 15
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2 -3
    lbs stew meat, cut into big bite size pieces
  • 3 -4
    lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into big bite size pieces
  • 1
    bag carrot, peeled and cut into big bite size pieces
  • 1
    bunch celery, cut into big bite size pieces
  • 1 -2
    clove garlic, chopped fine
  • 1
    large onion (I keep this whole because I can't digest onion. Love the flavor but can't eat the actual onion)
  • 1
    bottle ketchup
  • salt and pepper
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DIRECTIONS

  • If it is cool or cold weather, it is best to put this in the oven (or a crock pot) and let cook for a while.
  • Take a large pot (I use a dutch oven) on med high heat and add whole bottle of ketchup.
  • Fill empty bottle with water and rinse out bottle with it, Pour this water in pot with ketchup.
  • Add carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic and onion.
  • When all of this has been cooking for a 1/2 hour or so, coat meat with flour and brown in large pan with a little oil.
  • Cover with a lid and let this simmer for a few minutes.
  • Meat will be soooooo tender.
  • add meat mixture (oil, drippings and all) to the veggies.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the salt and pepper.
  • Let this cook until it is thick and the veggies are tender.
  • The"secret" is the ketchup.
  • The stew doesn't taste a thing like ketchup though.
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