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Beef Stew

Recipe photo courtesy of David Loftus

You can make this beef stew in the oven or a slow cooker. Either way, in two simple steps, you will have a warming, wholesome, and wonderfully flavorful meal.

Source: Everyday Food, October 2006
Total Time Prep Servings




Slow-Cooker Variation: Place beef in a 5-quart slow cooker. Distribute tomato paste, vinegar, and flour over beef; season generously with salt and pepper. Add onions, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves. Cover slow cooker; cook on high until beef is fork-tender, about 5 hours (or cook on low heat 8 hours).

Cook's Notes

Freeze individual-size servings of your beef stew, and turn leftovers into a great lunch or dinner.

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  • seamusmaguire
    26 JUN, 2019
    So I don’t have a slow cooker and big shock confession, I’m a vegan. But I followed the ingredients replacing beef with vegan beef pieces from gardein. I cut the veggies and sautéed them in oil in a pot while I cooked the vegan beef and then added it to the softened veggies with 3 cups of vegan beef stock. Once boiled I lowered the heat and let it simmer for an hour. I also add about 6 stalks of celery chopped and it is so delicious.
  • gamacheon
    28 FEB, 2019
    This was not good for us. Me, my wife, 3 kids and our Au Pair couldn't make it through a serving. Everybody just kind of pushed it around in their bowls. I made it in the slow cooker and followed the recipe. The balsamic vinegar gave it a sharp bitter taste that did not meld will with the bay leaf and tomato paste. The dish was lacking in flavor and depth and the flavor that it did have was described to me as acrid and bitter. Ours did not thicken and was watery. Didn't look at all like the video. 6 hours in a slow cooker on high and I still had to put it in the IP to finish it. Won't be doing this one again.
  • gclepine
    27 JAN, 2019
    I made this beef stew recipe yesterday in my crock pot and it was absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly as suggested and didn't change anything. I have tried many other beef stew recipes in the past and none of them were as delicious as this one. It was easy to prepare and it is a recipe that I will share with my family and friends. Thank you very much for such an easy and delicious recipe for beef stew!
  • RubyInParis
    13 NOV, 2018
    LOVED IT! The only alteration made was 3 cups of organic beef broth instead of the water and little potatoes the size of golf balls instead of cut potatoes. And, it only took 2 hours in the oven with my Le Creuset. My guests raved on and on of the taste and beauty of the stew. Thank you for posting such a grand recipe.
  • k9marolda
    13 FEB, 2013
    over 25 years making stew, and this is the simplest and most delicious result I have ever had!!! A few tweaks to personalize what my family likes- I use one cup beef stock in place of one of the cups of water. I use roasted garlic instead of raw, I use 1Tbs of fresh chopped Rosemary and 1 Tbs fresh Thyme leaves from my garden. I add one leek chopped (light green and white parts) in place of one of the onions. I use 1 Tbs. of Maple Balsamic Vinegar in place of one of the Tbs. of Balsamic. A+ EASY
    • MS10110850
      19 AUG, 2018
      So you don't make this recipe. Why comment?
  • TheGoToGayGuy
    15 SEP, 2013
    Cooked a pound of bacon first, browned meat in bacon fat. Then sauteed mushrooms in fat and de-glazed pot with a can of beef stock. Then added onions, potaotes, 3 tblsp soy sauce, 1 tblsp anchovy paste and a bottle of Cabernet. Put in oven at 300 for 4 hours. YOWZA! So beefy and delicious. Super easy. Took about 30 min to get it into the oven.
    • MS10110850
      19 AUG, 2018
      If you want to comment on this recipe, why did you comment on your own recipe?
  • ri_mur
    7 MAR, 2014
    I make this frequently in the slow cooker, but take the extra time to brown my beef in a skillet and deglaze the pan with some red wine before I assemble the ingredients per the recipe's instructions. I also add celery and extra garlic cloves/potatoes/carrots, just because of personal preference. It always turns out extremely well. It's so easy, even with the extra step, and gives a huge flavor payoff. I have never tried the dutch oven version because I don't have the best oven (renter).
    • MS12103307
      8 FEB, 2018
      Hi, I've been craving for beef stew, i went into M. Stewart site, and there was the perfect Stew! I pretty much had all the ingredients. one thing I did different was on low on stove top. my oven broke, and slow cooker too long. very delish! oh ya, I also made bisquick biscuits! amazing together-thanks
  • Eat Only If Its Oh So Good
    26 APR, 2013
    In spite of alll of the ingredients cooking up perfectly. the meat was tender, the carrots and potatoes were perfect, this dish was just ok to me, but my husband liked it. I shared with a friend and she said that although it had some kick to it she still liked it. I thought it was too salty and just not colorful enough. The flavors didn't excite me. My list of what I didn't like about this dish is too long so I'll just say I won't be making it again. To be fair -- I just don't think I like beef stew.
    • MS12337014
      3 FEB, 2015
      I didn't think I liked beef stew either but following the recipe exactly made the stew perfect. My husband has had some health issues lately but all are resolving due to recipes just like this
  • JodiPA
    1 OCT, 2014
    I've been using this beef stew recipe for a few years now and I love it! I make it in the crock pot. The only thing I change is that I add additional flour to the beef in the beginning as I like my beef stew thick. I also add a can of beef broth or french onion soup. It comes out perfect every time.
  • AmberLeanneDV
    17 FEB, 2014
    I've been making this recipe for years. It's in constant rotation for my winter recipes. It's simple and delicious. I've made it in both a crockpot and dutch oven and prefer the dutch oven method.

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