Beef Stew

This easy Beef Stew recipe starts off on the stove but finishes up in the oven; that frees you up to tackle a project or two before dinner. When it’s time to eat, every bowl is hearty, delicious, and perfect for chilly nights.

Beef stew in white bowls.

Recipe ingredients:

Beef stew ingredients in various bowls.

Ingredient notes:

  • Beef roast: Preferably chuck-eye roast (also called boneless chuck roll or boneless chuck fillet). Look for beef that is well-marbled with white veins of fat.
  • Red wine: I love a Côtes du Rhône or Pinot Noir here. If you are avoiding wine, just use more broth.
  • Chicken broth: There’s usually a block of frozen homemade chicken broth in my freezer, but you can use store-bought broth, too.
  • Thyme and bay leaves: In my opinion, a bay leaf is essential, but you can switch up other green herbs if you don’t have thyme: rosemary, parsley, etc.

Step-by-step instructions:

Adding the ingredients in steps keeps the meat tender and the vegetables perfectly cooked.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Pat the beef dry with a paper towel. Season each piece with salt and pepper. Heat some olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add the meat in a single layer, being careful not to overcrowd, and cook until browned on one side.  Flip each piece of beef and continue to brown the other side. Transfer the browned meat to a bowl, and brown the rest of the beef in batches, using more oil with each batch.
    Chunks of cooked beef in a blue and white pot.
  2. Once you’re finished with the meat, heat some more olive oil in the pot and sauté the onions and celery until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.
    Chopped vegetables in a blue and white pot.
  3. Next, stir in the flour and cook until lightly browned—about two minutes. Add the tomato paste, wine, broth, bay leaves, thyme, and browned beef with any accumulated juices. Scrape up any of the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover, and transfer the pot to the oven. Cook for 1 hour.
    Beef stew in a blue and white pot,
  4. After that, stir in the potatoes and carrots. Cover again and continue to cook until the beef is tender and falling apart, 1 hour longer. Remove the pot from the oven. Discard the bay leaves and any thyme stems. Stir in the peas and let stand off heat about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Beef stew in white bowls.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Make ahead: Make several days ahead, without a problem. To keep the peas bright, add them when you reheat the stew before serving.
  • Freezing: Beef stew was absolutely made for freezing to have on hand for last-minute meals. Let cool, then portion, date and label, and freeze for up to 4 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before gently reheating.

More cold weather favorites:

Beef stew in a white bowl.

Beef Stew

This easy Beef Stew recipe starts off on the stove but finishes up in the oven; that frees you up to tackle a project or two before dinner. When it's time to eat, every bowl is hearty, delicious, and perfect for chilly nights.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 pound) beef roast cut into 1½ -inch cubes (see note 1)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine (see note 2)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (see note 3)
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried (see note 4)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes scrubbed and quartered
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions

  • Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat oven to 300 degrees. Pat beef pieces dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half the meat in a single layer and cook, without moving, until browned on one side, about 5 minutes.
  • Flip each piece of beef and continue cooking until browned on the other side. Transfer to a bowl. Heat another tablespoon of oil and repeat with remaining beef until browned. Transfer to bowl.
  • Heat last tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in flour and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, wine, and chicken broth, thyme, bay leaves, and browned beef, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a simmer. Cover, transfer to the oven, and cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove pot from oven. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Return to a simmer, cover, and return to the oven for 1 hour longer, until beef is tender.
  • Remove pot from oven. Remove bay leaves and any thyme stems. Stir in peas and cover for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

  1. Beef roast: Preferably chuck-eye roast (also called boneless chuck roll or boneless chuck fillet). Look for beef that is well-marbled with white veins of fat.
  2. Red wine: I love a Côtes du Rhône or Pinot Noir here. If you are avoiding wine, just use more broth.
  3. Chicken broth: There's usually a block of frozen homemade chicken broth in my freezer, but you can use store-bought broth, too.
  4. Thyme and bay leaves: In my opinion, a bay leaf is essential, but you can switch up other green herbs if you don't have thyme: rosemary, parsley, etc.
  5. Make ahead: Make several days ahead, without a problem. To keep the peas bright, add them when you reheat the stew before serving.
  6. Freezing: Beef stew was absolutely made for freezing to have on hand for last-minute meals. Let cool, then portion, date and label, and freeze for up to 4 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before gently reheating.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5339IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Barbara

    This is delicious. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

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