A1 Beef Stew


This was the perfect meal to come home to after an afternoon adventure/walk to the park!  It was just cold enough outside to be chilly, but not so cold that we didn’t enjoy ourselves!  Arriving home to this soup was lovely!

Warmed our tummies right up!

Here is the “doubled” version of the recipe!  The total cost is not under $5…but since it is two meals worth…we divide by 2 and the overall cost is well below $5 per meal.  The other half is going into the freezer!

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A1 Beef Stew

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 75 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.20)
  • 1.7 lb. stew beef ($4.77) 2 packages both purchased on Manager’s Special
  • 10 cups water
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced ($.40)
  • 4 stalks celery, diced ($.20)
  • 1 onion, chopped ($.30)
  • 2 cups frozen Italian style green beans ($.50) On sale for $1/4 cups last week!1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.59)
  • 2 tsp rice or white vinegar ($.05)
  • 1 5 oz. bottle A1 steak sauce ($.29) Used $2 coupon to buy the bottle!
  • 2 cups brown rice ($.80)
  • Served with garlic toast ($.50) Used “reduced for quick sale” mini French loaves I had in the freezer. Plus butter/margarine/dairy-free margarine and garlic powder/salt. Omit bread or serve alternative if GF.


  • In large pot, heat the oil. Add the stew meat and sear/brown on all sides to seal in the juices. Once the meat has browned, add 10 cups of water.


  • Add diced carrots, diced celery, chopped onion, diced tomatoes and brown rice. Add vinegar and bottle of A1 steak sauce. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 50-60 minutes, or until rice is tender.


  • Slice French loaf bread and butter and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt (or garlic salt.) Place on baking sheet in oven at 350 and “toast” for 4-5 minutes.
  • Serve A1 Beef Stew with Garlic Bread.

Cost $7.51 for the double batch of stew…$4.28 for our meal tonight.

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  1. Marie says

    Question on this recipe — you mentioned putting in vinegar but I didn’t see the amount in the recipe list. How much should I use? Thanks!

  2. Kara says


    This looks wonderful and something that my husband might really like also. I’m very envious of all the good “manager’s specials” you find on meat. I shop just after dropping my kiddos at school at Kroger and they don’t really have any good meat deals like you come up with.


    • Jan Garber says

      Just to let everyone know, I usually hit several stores’ meat dept ‘s on Wed / Thurs because typically that’s when they mark down the weekend cuts. Perfectly good meat and half the price! Ask your local butcher when he marks down the weekends deals. They’re usually very nice about sharing that info! And be prepared to STOCK UP!

  3. says

    I made this this evening and it was really good, and inexpensive. Plus – it makes A LOT so I am planning on freezing some, which I love.

    Also – I added some tabasco and salt since I like a bit of kick. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Amy says

    this sounds soo good! i was thinking about making a roast tomorrow but it might get cut up and made into this! yum

  5. says

    This looks so good! My 14-year-old son just informed me that he likes beef stew… after 14 years of refusing to touch anything that even remotely looks like stew or soup! I am definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Linda says

    Have you ever tried this in the crockpot? I’m trying to remember the rule of thumb for converting recipes to crockpot. I think it’s to cut the liquid in half, but I’m not sure about that. We are busy with soccer and dance 3 nights a week until 6:00 or 6:30, so I’m thinking that my crockpot needs to start getting a workout now that the weather is cooler!

  7. says

    This sounds yummy…the crockpot makes it perfect for those days we have scouts and Taekwondo or even before the Friday night football game (heck toss it in a thermos and take it to the game on chilly nights).

    Thanks for a great recipe…we love A-1.

  8. schroeder says

    OMG … so i am making this right now. I have it on the stove and simmering. I am thinking to myself looking at this large pot of stew thinking, “goodness, this is a lot of stew for one.” Cut to me looking at the directions and it specifically states “double batch”. So i have NO more room in freezer and have this yummy stew for an army. So it will be stew for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks !!!

    Oh, i modified it a wee bit. I used one cup of brown rice and cut up one potato. I used red wine vinegar instead of white/rice … i am sure it will be ok.


  9. Shelly says

    I just found your website today (Everyday Cheapskate subscriber). Perfect timing for my bi-weekly grocery shopping trip. I found alot of recipes that I think our family will love and should be pretty simple to whip together after all of us are home from work/school. I appreciate all you have done. This site is the best.


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