Jo Mama's Beef Stew

"Hearty and delicious. My family's favorite stew for over 30 years. If you prefer, you can substitute basil for the rosemary--I fix it both ways. Update: When I originally made this recipe, I would coat the beef pieces with a flour/salt/pepper mix by shaking them in a bag and then brown them in a couple tablespoons of oil. I eliminated this step to simplify and lower the calories and fat, but if you do it that way it makes for a thicker sauce. Good either way!"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Shake stew meat up in a bag with flour to cover.
  • Brown in vegetable oil in stew pot.
  • Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes or more. (I like to simmer until the beef is nice and tender).
  • Add remaining ingredients and add additional water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil again.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are done, about 15 minutes.

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  1. Charlotte J
    Very good, the basil blended in very nicely to give the end product a great taste. I did thicken the broth with some cornstarch. I fixed it in the crockpot, 2 hours on high & 6 on low.
  2. Elena Bedner
    Great stew Sharlene! A good recipe that is simple and hearty. We ate it over rice & it was wonderful.
  3. SaraFish
    Yummy! A little salty but good.
  4. cgmonster
    Very good stew! We used dried rosemary and beef broth. We had our first snowfall of the year here in Wisconsin yesterday-6 or so inches of the wet heavy stuff. It sure was wonderful to come in from shoveling to enjoy a nice hot bowl of stew.
  5. EricaLeigh777
    Fabulous! I didn't have fresh rosemary so I used a little dried and it still turned out amazing! I also used beef broth instead of water and I like it that way because I think it gives it a little more flavor. Also used a little cornstarch to thicken. Lovely! Will be making again! Thanks so much!


  1. Mrs. DJ
    I was searching for a stew recipe that did not have a tomato base. This was terrific. Instead of water, I used beef broth. I also used fresh rosemary and added fresh mushrooms. My family loved this stew and asked that I make it again soon.
  2. Auntie Jan
    This was sooo good. I used beef stock instead of some of the water and added paprika,garlic and parsley to the mix as well. It was even better the next day. Thanks for a wonderful stew recipe.


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