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Beef Stew Recipe

Beef Stew- chunks of beef are simmered with stewed tomatoes, steak sauce, potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and peas plus plenty of seasonings. It’s a cold weather classic. So flavorful and hearty.

Beef Stew in a Dutch oven.

Beef Stew is a great way to turn inexpensive cuts of beef into a delicious meal. The beef cooks for such a long time, it gets wonderfully tender. For best flavor, the beef cubes get coated in flour and seared in oil to get the exterior caramelized.

For this recipe, I buy the cubed beef labeled “stew meat”, but you can use a higher quality cut of meat.  This stew slow simmers on the stove for 2 1/2 hours. So it’s great for making on a lazy Sunday afternoon to eat later in the week.

Beef Stew

Tips For Making Beef Stew

  • You’ll want a large Dutch oven for this recipe. I love to use my enamel-coated Le Creseut Dutch Oven.
  • If you don’t want to use stew meat, buy a chuck roast and cut it into 1 1/2-inch chunks.
  • Not all beef stew recipes have tomatoes, but I like tomatoes in mine, especially stewed tomatoes which have a slightly sweet flavor to them. You could substitute diced tomatoes instead.
  • Can be made a day or two ahead of time. The flavor only improves with time.

How To Store

This stew will keep in an airtight conatainer in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.

How To Freeze

This recipe freeezes well. Large ziptop bags are perfect for freezing it. When you are ready to cook it, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave or in a pot.

Beef Stew

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Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Beef Stew- chunks of beef are simmered with stewed tomatoes, steak sauce, potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and peas plus plenty of seasonings. It's a cold weather classic. So flavorful and hearty.

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup mini carrots
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Season beef with salt and pepper and coat with flour.
  • Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef in 2 batches and cook until browned on all sides. Remove beef from Dutch oven and set aside.
  • Add the butter to the Dutch oven. Once melted, add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the water and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom. Add stewed tomatoes, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, hot sauce, thyme, basil and pepper. Return beef to the Dutch oven and bring everything to a simmer.
    Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring every now and then.
  • Add potatoes and carrots and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add peas and parsley and cook for 5 minutes.
    Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 598kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew

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49 thoughts on “Beef Stew Recipe”

  1. Donna Foster

    Getting ready to make this, since I have all of the ingredients except the beef, wchich I’m having delievered. Yes, I’ve made it years past like this, so good. Thank you, you are really appreciated! Your recipes inspire me to cook, haha!

  2. Please note that the 5 stars are based on how this recipe appeals to me! I really want to thank you for your expertise on writing or typing your recipes! I am a stickler for proper grammar and spelling and punctuation! This recipe sounds delicious and I will be trying it soon!

  3. The only thing I changed was I added a pack of brown gravy to it with an extra cup of water, no tomatoes, and used cayenne pepper instead of hot sauce. 3rd time I’ve cooked it my granddaddy said “it’s better then your grandmothers! You tell her I said that we’ll both be dead” 🤣🤣

  4. Maureen Lauth

    This is a winner, the best beef stew I’ve ever tasted, and devoured! I chose the chuck roast over beef stew meat and it just melts in your mouth! Thought I had cut the potatoes small enough and was worried they would be mush but actually I’m warming them up for another 1/2 hour, then all will be perfect! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  5. This is very very tasty and lots of flavor!!! The only thing I added was a fresh veggie Mix from Trader Joe’s that had some zucchini, onion, celery, red and green pepper roasted corn and some cauliflower. Very good mix and great for this cold weather. Made some cornbread muffins, just yummy!!Will make this again!!! Mom tasted and family approved! Thanks for sharing

  6. I felt like I was back home in NC, sitting at my grandmother’s table and eating her beef stew! Delicious 😋 😋 😋

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