This is the recipe for one of the many fabulous meals I received from my friends while I was baby befuddled. And let me tell you, if you remember this old school favorite, you won’t be disappointed. It’s creamy and chunky and fab. Thank Nancy Sawyer for this.

Economy Beef Stroganoff from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1980

1 1/2 lb stew beef, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

1 1/2 cup beef broth

2 tablespoons catsup

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup sour cream

3 or 4 cups hot cooked egg noodles

1 tablespoon margarine or butter

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Cook and stir beef in 2 T margarine or butter in 10 inch skillet over low heat until brown.  Reserve 1/3 cup of beef broth.  Stir remaining broth, catsup, garlic and salt into the skillet.  Heat to boiling then reduce heat.  Cover and simmer until beef is tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Stir in mushrooms and onion.  Cover and simmer until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Shake reserved broth and the flour in tightly covered container, stir gradually into the beef mixture.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute then reduce heat.  Stir in sour cream, heat through.

Toss noodles with 1 T margarine or butter and poppy seeds.  Serve beef mixture over the hot noodles.

Notes:  Use more beef or more mushrooms depending on how you’re feeling and what you have.  Reduced fat sour cream may produce a flavor difference.  I don’t usually butter and poppy seed the noodles, but that’s the original recipe.


  1. Sherril McGann Reply

    This is my favorite recipe! I knew it was called economy beef stroganoff and that it was a Betty Crocker recipe. You saved the day. It was planned for dinner tonight but then I couldn’t find the handwritten copy of the recipe.

    • I am so glad I made your day in a completely offhand way Sherril. And it IS a very yummy recipe. Enjoy.

    • I got this recipe from a Betty Crocker cook book in 1960, which was lost with moves thru the years. So glad to find it again.

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe. My old Betty Crocker cookbook has fallen apart and this is one of the missing recipes my family loves.

    • You know Joanne, it’s really a good one. I guess I’d better hurry up and make it again before the weather turns warm.

  3. So glad I found your site. I had the 1980 Betty Crocker cookbook this came out of, way back then. Somewhere through the years I lost the book and recipe. This is my favorite beef stroganoff recipe bar none. Yay!

    • Kim, This is definitely the best I’ve ever had. And so funny how so many people remember it. I’m glad you’re reunited. A upcoming meal for the coming change in season here. Thanks.

  4. What a lifesaver you are; I have been improvising on this recipe too many times, since I lost my cookbook; you might want to know that it is very good with a substitute of chicken for beef-just a quicker cooking time and an addition of tarragon leaves a nice flavor, worth a try!!

    • So glad to be the one to finally regift you your recipe Liz and that is a very interesting twist with the chicken that I just may try. Happy Cooking!

  5. thank you, thank you!! this was a family favorite and after many years of wear and tear of my Betty Crocker 1980 cookbook couldn’t find the tore out stroganoff recipe and now my grown children want to make it for their families! Its better then others because the meat is healthier (less fat in stew meat) and less expensive (for large families) just as long as you cook the meat a bit longer. SO delicious!!! I’m glad you posted this thanks again:)

    • And I am glad that you found it here Gale and can hand it back out to your family. It is indeed a great one. And now’s the time to be making it.
      Happy Cooking,

  6. A. Michelle Reply

    Friend of mine made Beef Stroganoff for me this past Sunday, Oct 4, 2015. It had been centuries. But then Mom always made it with hamburger. So is that the Oh-You-Can-Get-Even-Cheaper version? And I think she ladled it over English Muffins. Probably ups the cost right there.

    • Yes her version had ground beef and I think sour cream too. And yes probably english muffins. This one’s wayyyy better, no disrespect to whoever made her recipe and called it by the same name.

  7. OMG! This is THE best stroganoff recipe – my page fell out of my book and i laminated and put it some where safe…

    Thanks for posting it so I could actually find it!

  8. This can easily be made dairy free – have replaced all of the butter with olive oil or coconut oil at various times. The sour cream can be replaced with unsweetened coconut cream or any of the non-dairy sour “creams” that are easy to find these days.

    For gluten free, change up the flour with cornstarch (1/2 the amount of the flour called for) or arrowroot powder. And, obviously rice or GF noodles šŸ˜‰

  9. Brandi aBuckles Reply

    We love this recipe. My mom has been making it for us since we were kids from her red Betty Crocker cook book. So happy to be able to find this exact recipe from the book. Thank you. Iā€™m making it right now.

  10. I have made this for decades, and now have discovered the joy of making it in an instant pot to speed it up more šŸ™‚

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