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Lillian's Beef Stew

Tapioca is used to thicken this comfort-food dish. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute an equal amount of flour.

"My mother made this for us when we were small children and now I make it for my own family. It’s a wonderful dinner to come home to on a cold day." —Nancy

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  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 2 pounds stew beef, cubed
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 cups cocktail vegetable juice
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Arrange beef and vegetables in a 5-quart round slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients; pour into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting one hour; reduce heat to low setting and cook 7 hours.


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