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Dakota Territory Beef Barley Bean Stew

An old-fashioned beef stew Shiitake mushrooms, leeks, and lentils. Add cubed beef or oxtails to prepare this rustic, hearty meal.

Beef Barley Soup Mix Ingredients:

Baby limas, lentils, barley, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, leeks, herbs and paprika. No added salt, preservatives or MSG.

Allergen Information: This product contains pearled barley.

Recipe Additions:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 very large onion, sliced
  • 2 to 3 pounds beef stew meat or oxtails
  • 10 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Plenty of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 turnips or potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Handful of fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sherry

Recipe Directions:

  1. Brown onion and meat in butter in an 8 quart pot.
  2. Add beef barley soup mix, broth, salt and pepper and simmer, covered, slowly for 2 to 3 hours (longer for oxtails) or until beans are softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add turnips, sherry and mushrooms and continue cooking, covered, for 1 hour or more.

This stewy beef barely soup can be made a day ahead or frozen and reheated.

New Nutrition Tips:

  • To boost vegetables, add 2 cups fresh, chopped carrots or cubed butternut squash for final 45 minutes of cooking time.
  • To go Vegetarian prepare with 2 lbs. of fresh mushrooms as substitute for beef. (See Vegetarian Variation on package or website.)
  • To cut saturated fat, prepare with 1 pound extra lean beef or bison, and trim off any visible, solid fat from meat, or go Vegetarian. Prepare with 1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1/2 tablespoon butter instead of 2 tablespoons butter to brown onions. 
  • To cut sodium, prepare with low sodium broth. To cut sodium further, substitute water for half of the broth.

Vegetarian Recipe Variation:

  1. Make mushrooms the meat of the stew.
  2. Substitute beef broth with vegetable broth. Cut quantity of broth to 8 cups.
  3. Instead of using beef, add 1 to 2 pounds of fresh mushrooms sautéed to start the recipe.
  4. Finish with the diced turnip or potato and sherry for the last 45 minutes.

Slow Cooker Recipe Directions:

Recommended slow cooker size: 6-7 quart size

  1. In large skillet brown meat and onion a butter. Drain and transfer to bowl of slow cooker.
  2. Add contents of soup mix and broth. Stir well.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  4. Stir in sherry, mushrooms, turnips.
  5. Cook 1 to 2 hours longer covered on high, and serve.

Dakota Territory Beef Barley Bean Stew

Preparation Time:
30 minutes
Cooking Time:
3-4 hours

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 3 Tbsp. (26g) Dry Mix
Prepared Serving Size: About 1 Cup
Serving Per Container: About 16

Amount per Serving Mix Prepared
Calories 60 230
   Calories from Fat 0 100

% Daily Value**
Total Fat 0g* 0% 17%
   Saturated Fat 0g 0% 23%
   Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 15%
Sodium 10mg 0% 28%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6% 7%
   Dietary Fiber 8g 32% 32%
   Sugars 2g
Protein 5g

Vitamin A 45% 45%
Vitamin C 2% 10%
Calcium 2% 4%
Iron 15% 25%
*Amount in As packaged. About 1 cup prepared contributes an additional 100 Calories (45 Calories from Fat), 5 g Total Fat (1.5 g Saturated Fat), 25 mg Cholesterol, 790 mg Sodium, 7 g Total Carbohydrate (1 g Dietary Fiber, 2 g Sugars), 7 g Protein.
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  Calories: 2,000 2,500

Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
 Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate   300g 375g
 Dietary Fiber   25g 30g

Calories per gram: Fat 9 Carbohydrate 4 Protein 4