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Best Beef Stew Recipe

close up overhead shot of a serving of Beef Stew in a bowl
Hearty, delicious, and easy to make, this old-fashioned beef stew is a family favorite.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 7
Calories 521 kcal


  • 3 pounds chuck roast, or your favorite stew meat (cut into bite-size pieces about 1 to 2 inches)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped (one small onion or half of a large onion)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into bite size pieces (1 inch)
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ 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 beef pieces 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 it aside. Cook in batches to not crowd the pan.
  • If you need to add additional butter or olive oil, you can add more to sauté 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, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for 60 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 to 15 minutes with the lid off stirring occasionally as it thickens.
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Add the peas to the stew the last 5 to 10 minutes while it is thickening and before serving so they don’t get mushy.


  • Cook the beef in batches so it is not too crowded in the pan.
  • A good beef stew needs time to simmer and allow all of the flavors to blend together. Make sure you give it time to simmer for at least an hour and preferably longer.
  • If the stew is still too watery add more cornstarch, a little at a time to thicken.


Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 41gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 869mgPotassium: 972mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4927IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 5mg