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Sour beef stew over egg noodlesSour Beef Stew

Sour Beef Stew made from inexpensive (relatively) cuts of beef is still a great value, about $6/lb, tastes great and is easy to make.  Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and your local grocery store all have stew meat, bottom round, chuck beef roasts from October into the late winter.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 4 to 4.5 hours

Total time: about 5 hours
Yield: 10 - 16servings


  • 3 lbs to 6 lbs of  Beef stew cubes - You can get already cubed beef, Beef Chuck roast or Bottom Round or Top Round.  Chuck is more tender. Use 3 to 6 lbs of beef. 5 or 6 lbs makes enough for 4 meals for 4 people, or 3 meals for  5 people
  • Olive oil a few tablespoons for browning the beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onions 3 to 5 large sweet onions
  •  1.5 to 3 cups Chicken or Beef broth
  • 1.5 to 2 lbs of peeled baby carrots
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of vinegar, I use apple cider vinegarBeef cubes
  • Flour, about 1 cup, to coat the beef cubes before browning them.
  • 6 to 12 ginger snaps.  Since this is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe, the preferred ones are Irwin's "Spiced Wafers"

Served over:

  • Cooked Wide Egg Noodles.  If you want to lower the fat and cholesterol, you can used the Yolk-less egg noodles.



Step 1 - Clean the crockpot / slo-cooker

Just wash out the ceramic bowl

Step 2 - Flour the beef cubesBeef cubes

Put the beef cubes in a large bowl with the flour and mix thoroughly to cat all the cubes evenly.



Then put a sieve or colander in the kitchen sink and dump the beef cubes into it. 


Then jostle the the colander until the loose flour is removed. Beef cubes, floured











Step 3 - Brown the beef cubesBeef cubesPot with oil

Heat the olive oil in a large pot (the tall sides work better than a fry pan to over splattering hot oil) . Put enough beef cubes in to cover the bottom 1 layer deep. Brown, stir and flip them until they are evenly browned, about 10 minutes over medium to medium-high heat.

Step 4 - Chop the onions

When the beef is browning, chop the onions. anything under 1/2 inch will do.

Step 5 - Sauté the onion

Remove the browned beef cubes, but retain the oil and liquid. Then lightly brown the onions in the pot.

Step 6 - Fill the crockpot

I put the liquids in first.  Next onions in the bottom, then the beef. After that the ginger snaps and spices.

Step 7 - Cook for 3 hours

At first on high. After the first hour or 2, turn to medium or low. Every crockpot is different, You want to see it simmering but not boiling so hard that you risk burning the bottom.

Step 8 - Cook for 1 more hourcrockpot

Add the carrots and cook for another hours, for a total of 4 to 4.5 hours in total.

Step 9 - Cook the egg noodles

The egg noodles are simply boiling in a pot of water for about 10 - 12 minutes.  Drain them and serve the sour beef stew on them.