Heat oven to 300°. Combine meat, onions, celery, carrots, tomato juice, tapioca, sugar, salt, pepper and basil in a 2 ½ quart casserole dish. Cover tightly and cook in a slow cooker on high for 2 ½ hours. Stir in potatoes and continue cooking for 1 hour or until meat and vegetables are done (stirring occasionally). Yields 8 servings.