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Copycat Cracker Barrel Beef Stew

This hearty stew is a copycat recipe for Cracker Barrel beef stew. It makes the perfect Sunday dinner!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: beef, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew, copycat recipe, Cracker Barrel recipes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 543kcal


  • 1 pound stewing beef in medium sized chunks
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes cut into chunks
  • 5 carrots peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 large turnips cut into chunks
  • 1 quart beef stock high quality see NOTES
  • 1 beef bouillon cube like Herb-Ox
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/4 tsp dried
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup peas


  • Mix the flour with salt and pepper to taste, and toss with the meat.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large pot and over medium high heat brown beef in flour, add all the flour.
  • Stir often so the flour and meat doesn't burn, but browns nicely. Remove meat to a plate.
  • Add the last tablespoon of oil and saute the onion until translucent scraping up an browned bits from the meat.
  • Transfer the meat back to the pot, add the potatoes, turnips and carrots. Add the stock, thyme and ketchup. Stir well to combine.
  • Simmer over low heat, stirring often for 1 1/2 hours. Adjust seasoning. Remove thyme sprigs if using fresh.
  • Add frozen peas just before serving. Stir to defrost and serve.


I use Better Than Bouillon, about 3 tbs to the quart of water


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 2080mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 13128IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 10mg