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Beef Stew

Hearty, delicious, and easy to make, this old-fashioned beef stew is a family favorite. Tender pieces of meat, veggies, and spices are cooked in a yummy broth for this classic recipe that everyone loves.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef Stew, Beef Stew Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 489kcal


  • 3 pounds chuck roast or your favorite stew meat cut into bite-size pieces, about 1-2 inches
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 onion chopped (one small onion or half of a large onion)
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut into bite-size pieces, about one inch
  • 2 celery stalks cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • In a shallow dish mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. Coat the pieces of in the flour.
  • In a large stockpot add the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the meat pieces and brown on all sides (the meat will continue cooking in the stew). Once the meat is brown remove it to a plate and set aside. Cook in batches to not crowd the pan.
  • If you need to add additional butter or olive oil you can add more to saute the vegetables. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery into the pot and cook until the vegetables start to caramelize or get slightly soft.
  • Add in the beef broth, tomato paste, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, and rosemary.
  • Add the beef pieces back into the pot.
  • Bring the stew to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it starts to boil then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and cook for one hour to 90 minutes or until the beef is tender.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water together and slowly stir into the beef stew to thicken the sauce. Cook for 10-15 minutes with the lid off stirring occasionally as it thickens.
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Add the peas to the stew the last 5-10 minutes while it is thickening and before serving so they don’t get mushy.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 1111mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4345IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 6mg