The Boxcar Children Beef Stew Recipe

Last week Pie brought home an assignment for The Boxcar Children bookThey have been reading the book in class and the teacher sent home a packet with a list of different post-reading activities they could choose from. Pie made a really nice diorama with a boxcar, forest, pond and campfire for her first choice. Then, we made Boxcar Beef Stew together for her second choice. Even though it’s a simple stew, it was very tasty so I thought I’d share it with you! The notes say that it’s very similar to the one the children made while living in the boxcar!

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The Boxcar Children Beef Stew Recipe
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Boxcar Beef Stew from The Boxcar Children book.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1½ lbs. beef chuck, cubed
  • flour for dredging
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 small turnip, cut into chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Slice onion and saute in oil in large dutch oven until translucent.
  2. Dredge beef in flour and shake off excess. Brown in dutch oven.
  3. Add in carrots, celery, turnip, tomato paste, water and seasonings.
  4. Stir in 6-8 cups of water to cover.
  5. Cover and simmer stew about 1½ hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
  6. Delicious served with Easy Drop Biscuits.

I substituted olive oil for the veg oil.
I used beef loin steak cubed, you could probably use any cut, just simmer it until tender.
I ended up using the whole 6oz can of tomato paste for added flavor, adjust to your liking.
We didn't have turnip so we substituted 2 med. potatoes.
I substituted 2 cloves minced garlic for the powder and sauteed it with the onion.

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  1. 1

    I loved the Box Car Children! I remember reading it in elementary school. When my daughters were younger, I took it from the library and told them they should read it. They both loved it. The recipe looks good for this cold weather…thanks for sharing!

    • 2

      The stew looks yummy. I might try copying this recipe one of these days but for sure my daughter won’t help me (unlike your who does :)) My kid’s too busy with homework and phone calls. :)

  2. 3

    Hi Jackie, Pie says:

    I read the book in school and I loved the book and the stew I'm glad you like it thanks

    *Pie's writing replies now :)

  3. 4
    Jessica C. says

    I love The Boxcar Children and look forward to reading it with my daughter. Now I can plan to make the stew, also!

  4. 5

    This is perfect! My kids are really enjoying reading the Boxcar Children and a recipe like this would be awesome for them to help me make!

    I found you on Pinterest.

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