Cooking Time & Servings

Dakota Territory Beef Barley Stew Recipe

You Will Also Need

  • Dakota Territory Beef Barley Stew Mix
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Onion, sliced
  • 2-3 lbs Beef stew meat
  • 8 cups Beef broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Freshly ground pepper
  • 2-3 cups Turnips or potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 8 oz Fresh mushrooms, slicked
  • ¼ cup Sherry or red wine

Here's What You Do

  1. In a 6 or 8-quart pot melt 1 Tablespoon of butter.
  2. Brown stew meat in 2-3 batches over medium-high heat, not crowding the meat, and turning each piece once. Remove meat to plate when browned.
  3. Add remaining butter. Lower heat and brown onion 5 minutes.
  4. Add meat back into pot. Stir in broth, water and contents of Dakota Territory Beef Barley Stew Mix. Bring to a simmer and cook covered 2 hours.
  5. Add turnips or potatoes, mushrooms, sherry or red wine, and salt and pepper.
  6. Return to a simmer and cook covered 1 hour.
  7. Note: This stewy beef barely soup can be made a day ahead or frozen and reheated.

Recipe Adaptations


Mushrooms become the meat in this traditional American stew.

You Will Also Need:

  • 3-4 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 20-24 oz. Fresh Mushrooms (Button, Portobello, Oyster or mixed varieties), chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable broth (64 oz.)
  • 2 cups water (16 oz.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 turnips or potatoes (2-3 cups), peeled and diced

Here’s What You Do:

  1. In a 6 or 8-quart pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Sauté mushrooms and onions for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in contents of Stew Mix.
  4. Add broth and bring to a simmer, covered 1 ½ hours.
  5. Add turnips or potatoes, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Serve with crusty wheat bread.

Slow Cooker

Recommended slow cooker size: 6-7 quart size

Here’s What You Do:

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

Pressure Cooker

Here’s What You Do:

  1. In bowl of pressure cooker Sauté 2 lb cubed beef stew meat and one sliced onion about 5 minutes.
  2. Add contents of the Dakota Beef Barley stew mix, 2 tsp salt and freshly ground pepper, and stir well.
  3. Add 6 cups beef broth. Set pressure cooker for 35 minutes.
  4. Quick release and add 2-3 diced turnips, 4 oz. fresh sliced mushrooms and ¼ cup sherry.
  5. Set pressure cooker for 15 minutes and use natural release.
  6. Add 1-2 cups water to reach desired consistency, and serve.

Recipe Variations

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Cooking & Nutrition Tips

  • Remember these are soup-starter mixes, you can’t go wrong! Feel free to omit any of our recommended additions and/or add any of your favorites!
  • To reduce sodium: use a low-sodium broth, bone broth, or stock.
  • For cream based soups: use lower-fat dairy, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or preferred dairy replacement.
  • For added protein: add a can of your favorite bean (black, chickpea, navy, etc), chicken breast, or other plant-based protein option.
  • For added nutrition: look in your fridge/garden and add any vegetables you have on hand!