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Mamaw's 5 Hour Beef Stew
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Mamaw's 5 Hour Beef Stew

Mamaw's 5 Hour Beef Stew is an old fashioned, thick, beef stew recipe that easy is to make and a family favorite! 
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, Old fashioned, Stew Meat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 8 people


  • 7 Quart Dutch Oven


  • 2 lbs Beef Stew Meat
  • 6 carrots cut up
  • 6 potatoes cut up
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 or 2 onions chopped
  • 1 heaping Tbls sugar
  • 3 heaping Tbls tapioca uncooked
  • 2 10.75 oz cans Tomato Soup
  • 18 oz V-8 juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a Dutch Oven layer the first 6 ingredients in order given, sprinkle with sugar and Tapioka.
  • Do not stir.
  • Mix one cup of water with two cans of soup and V-8 juice pour over ingredient in Dutch Oven.
  • Cover and bake for 5 hours at 300 degree oven.
  • Do not stir or raise the lid.


Can this recipe be made in the slow cooker? Yes it can! I have made it in a 7 quart Crock Pot. Cook 6-8 hours on low. All slow cookers cook differently so I always recommend keeping a close eye the first time you make a recipe.
Can you make this recipe without a specific ingredient? Sure, but I can't speak for how it is going to taste since I make it as the recipe below states.