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Make Beef Stews Tastier with the Certified Angus Beef® brand

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for the Certified Angus Beef® brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I grew up eating Beef Stews, especially in the cold winter months.  Rob loves them, so I make them, but honestly, I feel like so many times my beef stews are just… lacking.  We usually buy the meat that’s on sale and just dump a big roast into the slow cooker with some potatoes and carrots.  And cook it.  All day long.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re good, but not this good.

Beef Stew with BarleyI was recently challenged to try out two Beef Stew recipes that will be showcased on the award-winning CBS show Recipe Rehab tomorrow morning!  Not only was I challenged with new recipes to totally beef up my Beef Stew and to include the Certified Angus Beef® brand in my Beef Stew rather than what I can find in the sale bin. 

Certified Angus Beef Contents

I was sent 2 Certified Angus Beef® brand Roasts.  Did you know that the Certified Angus Beef® brand is a cut above USDA Prime, Choice and Select grades?  I didn’t.  I also didn’t know that a good rule of thumb for finding a lean meat is to look for ‘round’ or ‘loin’ in the name.  The Certified Angus Beef® brand that I received for this recipe were certainly lean, but they were so tender after cooking according to my Recipe Rehab Beef Stew Recipes.

Hearty Beef Stew with Certified Angus Beef

I made the Hearty Beef Stew recipe on a super cold night here in east Tennessee.  I took it to my parents so we could all enjoy a warm bowl of Beef Stew with the Certified Angus Beef® brand beef.

Both of the Recipe Rehab Beef Stews were made in my Dutch Oven – the Hearty Beef Stew was made on the stove and the Beef Stew with Barley mainly cooked in the oven.  I liked this over the Slow Cooker because I could prepare it in a small amount of time and the flavors were perfectly blended.

I absolutely loved the twist of adding shitake mushrooms to this Beef Stew.  Hearty Beef Stew

Let me tell you. I am now a Beef Stew fanatic.  I couldn’t believe the difference of using the Certified Angus Beef® brand in both of my new Beef Stew recipes.  Now, let me show you our new favorite…

Beef Stew with Barley Certified Angus BeefBefore I made this recipe, I have to admit, I didn’t even know what Barley was!   But oh my goodness – what a fun twist on a classic Beef Stew Recipe.  You must try this Beef Stew with Barley Recipe – you’ll thank me later!  The flavorings of chopped spinach, garlic, mushrooms, and tomato paste just blend so wonderfully with the Certified Angus Beef® brand and Barley!

Be sure to tune in to Recipe Rehab tomorrow morning, on CBS, to find out which of the two Beef Stew Recipes win the face-off.  I know which one I’ll be rooting for!

What’s your favorite Beef Stew Recipe?



  1. I don’t have a fav beef stew recipe, b/c I don’t make it hardly ever, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it! This sounds sooo good, I like barley in my beef soup, I”d like it in stew, too. Time to make it!!!

  2. I love beef stew. In fact I just made some last night. One of my favorite recipes comes from Ina Garten of the food network – she adds red wine and mushrooms among other flavors. I have also always used barely in my beef stews instead of potatoes. I don’t much care for potatoes but I love barely!

    Can’t wait to find out who wins!
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