This was the perfect Christmas Day dinner – no fuss but delicious as all get out. We have our big festive dinner on Christmas Eve so I wanted something for Christmas Day that was still fulfilling but not a lot of work. This was it! My mom’s stew. She’s been making it for years, ever since I can remember.

I’ve made it several times for my family and I think I’ve decided after today it will be our annual Christmas Day dinner…unless we somehow move to Texas or Arizona and it is 90 degrees on Christmas Day. Then we’ll just grill hamburgers.

My Mom's Homestyle Stew




Yield 4-6 servings


  • 1 can minestrone soup
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, thickly sliced
  • 3-4 potatoes, cut into chunks
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all in a crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours.


17 Responses to My Mom’s Homestyle Stew

  1. Tonya says:

    Made this for supper last night. Loved it!

  2. Melissa says:

    Any suggestions for a substitution of the minestrone soup? I want to make this tonight, but dont think I’ll be able to make it to the store beforehand!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Melissa, to be honest, it’s been years since I’ve made this – I usually don’t keep Minestrone on hand but you might try adding more beef broth and a bit of cornstarch. Did you try it without the soup? How did it turn out?

  3. katie says:

    Thanks for sharing some wonderful recipes! Just tried this soup last night with my family…everyone loved it. Perfect dinner to a cold rainy day!!

  4. Tesa says:

    I just can’t get enough of your recipes! Thank you.

  5. robin says:

    I can’t wait to try this one…well..- all of them really! thanks!

  6. Melody Sanders says:

    Mel, you could move to Texas for the winters and go back to W for the summers. It was 82 degrees in North Fort Worth today!

  7. Amy says:

    Yum. this is cooking up in the crock pot right now and will be done in about an hour. The place smells amazing! CAn’t wait!!!

  8. Kensi says:

    Made this Friday and it was great! Everyone loved it! There weren’t even any leftovers!

  9. Amy says:

    Oh wow! This looks great! Do you brown the stew meat first??

  10. Laura says:

    So do you use campbells condensed minestrone to make this? I want to give it a try.

  11. Melanie says:

    Hi Laura – I use whatever brand is cheapest. I’ve used Campbells before and I’ve also used the generic brand and either works great!

  12. Erin says:

    Did I ever tell you that I made this the day I got home from the hospital with Eliza? I had the ingredients in the fridge already from before I went into labor, so I just spent 20 minutes when I got home and put it together. And at dinner time I had a delicious supper ready. A nice meal always raises my spirits, so I knew the investment when I got home would be well worth it. 🙂 It was Fabulous!!!

  13. Nicole says:

    I finally got around to making this! So so so delicious and so simple too! I made it with your french rolls. This will definately be one of our favorites for the colder months.

  14. Erin says:

    Oh, this looks delicious. I especially love making family recipes. I am definitely going to try this out. I don’t have a lot of beef stew recipes, so I’m excited about this….

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