V-8 Beef Stew

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

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  1. Love a gooe bowl of stew and this one was very tasty. I used lean stew meat and olive oil to brown it. Had beef stock on hand to use up and always keep V8 in the pantry. Fork tender meat and great rich flavor a stew I will make again. Made and reviewed for the Alphabet tag game.
  2. 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.
  3. Cooked it all in my Dutch oven, deglazing the pot with a little Sav Cab after returning the beef to the pot. Veggies needed to cook a little longer. Really good overall.
  4. Turned out awesome! Didn’t have marjoram. Needed to cook beef a little higher than simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Will make again.
  5. This is pretty much how I've been making beef stew for years. Very Good!


When I was 19, I remember one day looking at a box of good ol' macaroni and cheese and I had a nerve wracking time making it, holding the box like it was a talisman, consulting it every 30 seconds. That was the same day I'd vowed I would learn to cook. Honestly, I didn't expect I'd enjoy it so much, and I try to learn as many different disciplines as I can on my own. While you will almost never see a bread or cake recipe from me (I can't seem to do them right), I hope my meager offerings please the palate...and more importantly, the stomach! Bueno Apetito!
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