I don’t care if it has canned soup in it. If you have beef (haha — get it, beef?) with canned soup, then make your own homemade french onion and tomato and add those.

But this is seriously the best beef stew I’ve EVER had! I got the recipe from a co-worker, who informed me I had to cook it for 5 hours, at 300 degrees F, in my oven.

Um, no.

I’m never home for 5 hours to cook it that long!

So I threw it in the crockpot. And it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. 🙂

The original recipe had no measurements on it, save for how many cans of soup and bullion cubes. I used the amounts below and it was perfect. It served DH and I two dinners and made enough for 2 lunch portions.

I served it with crusty bread.

Beef Stew

(Adapted by me)

2 pounds beef cubes (or a beef roast, cubed)

1/2 large onion, roughly chopped

4 carrots, cut into rounds

4 celery stalks, cut into pieces

4-5 Idaho (or whatever you prefer) potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

2 beef bullion cubes

2 cans of tomato soup (condensed, with no additional milk added)

1 can french onion soup


– If you are making it in the oven: layer ingredients as listed below in a big casserole dish and bake, covered with foil, for 5 hours at 300 degrees F — and the most important step: DO NOT STIR, TOUCH, OR REMOVE THE FOIL WHILE COOKING.

To make it in a crockpot….spray crockpot with cooking spray to make cleanup easier

– Layer ingredients as follows: beef cubes in the bottom of the crockpot, onions on top of the beef cubes, carrots, celery, and potatoes next.

– Place two bullion cubes on top of potatoes (I put one on each “side” of the crockpot)

– Next, take the two cans of tomato soup and “plop” them on top of the layers (again, I put one on each “side” of the crockpot) and then empty the can of french onion soup over the whole mess.

– Place the lid on top, and set the crockpot for 8 hours on low.

– As with the oven instructions — DO NOT STIR, TOUCH, OR REMOVE THE LID WHILE COOKING.

– Once the crockpot is done, remove the lid, stir to combine the ingredients, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve!

This recipe has been entered in Joelen’s Culinary Adventures October Tasty Tools – Crockpots and Slow Cookers! Check it out!

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