Grandma's V8 Beef Stew

Grandma's V8 Beef Stew

My grandma used to make one of the meanest and meatiest bowls of beef stew. Loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs, the ingredients simmer together to create a one-of-a-kind dish of pure deliciousness. Grandma's V8 Beef Stew has a tangy flavor that will become a household favorite. It's beef stew recipes like this one that have you eating bowl after bowl. Dig in!


  • 1 to 2 pounds meat browned in 1 TBSP oil and drained
  • 1 large can of V-8 juice
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 4 beef boullion cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cumin or more
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 can (8-ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 med potatoes, sliced
  • 3 large carrots sliced thinly
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • add any other vegetable you like


  1. Brown beef and remove any drippings.
  2. Add all ingredients to large pot and simmer until vegetables are tender. About 3 hours.
  3. Serve with sweet cornbread.

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This recipe is very confusing for some people. A large can of V8 is larger than 12 ounces, is the large can of tomatoes 28 ounces and the cumin is 1 what?

1 what of cumin?

Hi all - For this recipe you'll need a regular size can of V-8, about 12 ounces. Hope this helps! -Editors of RecipeLion answer on the quantity of V8? I have an old church cookbook that calls for a bottle of 7-up in one recipe. I know that 7-up was 6 oz. back then, but someone not as old as me might put in 20 oz.

Am I the only one who hates when recipes call for "large can" of something? What is a "large can". Does this recipe want a 32 oz can of V-8? That sounds like a lot but that's the large can I know about. Or a large can of diced tomatoes. Frustrating.

I is like saying 1 onion or 1 tomatoe......The sizes differ so much. Why not just say 1 cup, etc etc etc


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