This was always a favorite for me growing up. My Papa made the best beef stew. I have made it myself a few times and has been good but never as good as when Papa would make it.
In a large pot bring your stew meat to a boil. Simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until done. Add an onion, celery, large can of tamatoes, can of V-8 juice, can of chicken broth and cook until done, about 2 hours. Add potatoes last. Cook about 30 minutes after adding potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Gumbo soup mix is good to add at the end but it is hard to find.