Classic Beef Stew Recipe
- 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
- 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup sliced celery (1-inch lengths)
- 1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in batches in oil; drain. Return all meat to the pan. Add onions, tomatoes, broth, tapioca, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.
- 2. Cover stew and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Stir in carrots, potatoes and celery. Bake, covered, 1 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 6-8 servings.
1 cup: 245 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 751mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.
Reviews for Classic Beef Stew
"I made various tweaks based on several reviews. I also did cut this recipe in half.I first coated the beef with flour and a little salt and pepper. I browned it in 1 tbsp canola oil. (medium-high heat, turning after about 1-2 minutes). I removed the beef, then put in the garlic and 1/8 C red wine and let it cook for about 1 minutes. I then added all the ingredients stated above back into the pan and brought it to a boil. Instead of just dried parsley, I did use 1/2 tbsp Italian mix (and omitted the bay leaf). Per others' suggestions I used the entire can of broth, and added in an additional 1/8C of wine.My oven runs a tad hot, so I cooked it at 340deg for 45 minutes, added in the veggies, then cooked for an additional 1 hour. I turned off the oven and kept it in there for an additional 15 minutes with the residual heat while I baked some biscuits to go with the stew.IT WAS SO GOOD. Beef was so tender, the flavor was delicious. It had a slightly thick base, but not too thick. It was perfect for a cold rainy night. I will DEFINITELY be making this again."
"The best I've tasted yet!"
"I've been looking for a good beef stew recipe for years, and my family LOVED this. It was wonderfully flavored, tender, and perfectly thickened. As others mentioned, the key is using tapioca rather than flour to thicken the "gravy." I did make the following changes based on reviews and/or my own preferences: I used Adolph's tenderizer on the meat before browning and omitted the salt. As recommended, I increased the liquid (to 3 cups) by combining 2 3/4 c. of water with 1/4 c. of balsamic vinegar and 1 T. beef bouillon granules. I increased the amount of garlic to 6 and flattened them rather than mincing. I added an extra bay leaf, measured the carrots to 1-lb, and increased the celery to 1 1/2 cups. I added all the veggies at the beginning and cooked everything for two hours in a cast iron Dutch oven, and they did not overcook at all. I will double the recipe next time, because this barely fed our family of 6 with conservative serving portions."
"This is an excellent dish for cold winter days. A real stick to your ribs kind of dish.It is so good and so easy to put together."
"I have almost the same recipe I have been using for years and it's the TAPIOCA that makes the difference! Don't substitute it!!Pat K."
"Someone commented on long cooking time. Have you ever had beef stew before? It takes time for meat to get tender."
"My husband and I loved it. My picky kids really liked it too. I should have doubled the broth as someone suggested. I did use cornstarch instead of tapioca."
"Everyone loved it. I doubled the broth to begin with as suggested and also used cornstarch instead of tapioca."
"Made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it!! Only changes I made is I floured the beef before browning and added a little merlot wine. It was delicious and the beef was so tender!! So worth the extra cooking time!"
"LOVED IT. this stew is DELICIOUS and turns out PERFECT. I made it four times in two months I strayed from the recipe ever so slightly. I flowered the beef before browning, I sauteed the onions for a few minutes and added about 1/2 cup red wine t onions before I added everything else to the pot. I also threw in about a cup more broth like the other reviewers say. It will be obvious as you see how thick it becomes."
"This was delicious! My entire family loved it."
"My hubby's favorite stew! Easy and fast. Very tasty."
"Great stew. Followed recipe with only one substitution (used cornstarch instead of tapioca). Used the same amount and the do the same thing. Cooking time is really long but the end result is worth the wait. several other reviews made the comment that more broth was needed. I agree, go ahead and double the beef broth from the start."
"Excellent! I will definitely make this again. I needed to add extra beef broth, and I added a splash of red wine. This recipe is a keeper!"
"The stew was a bit dry after the first baking and so added another can of beef broth. That really helped. My husband thought it was bland so he added some hot sauce to his second helping and liked it better. I have added more of the hot sauce to the left overs so will see if it tastes better tomorrow night. Very easy to make which I really liked."
"EX!!!!!.... Great recipe only change was to use cornstarch instead of tapioca...."
"Wow...wow..wow! This stew was awesome! it was a big hit with my family."
"Fantastic recipe. Couldn't stop eating it. I served it with sesame bread to soak up the great sauce. It's a winner!!"
"Yummy!! I made this for my parents this weekend while I was there taking care of my mom. I am going to make it for my hubby and kids now that I am back home. They are gonna love it! It did take me a while, and asking many sweet ladies who were wiser than I, to find the tapioca. Finally found it with the Jello (must of looked there 10 times before I found it). I think that was the hardest part of the recipe. This is a keeper!"
"Very nice! The gravy is so rich and the meat very tender and good. My addition was a splash or two of Medeira."
"an awesome recipe that shows you just how easy it is to produce a gorgeous stew,I managed it!!"
"I made this the other night. It was awesome. Great flavor and pretty easy. I did not cook in oven, just my stove top and cooked it a little longer. Got two thumbs up around the table. Thanks for sharing!"
"Made this with some changes based on my pantry. Here are the changes- put some flour on meat before cooking. Added all meat back in and then cooked with the onions. Then added the tomatoes, chicken Broth. Didn't have tapioca so added 2 tablespoons of brown gravy mix. Added then 1/4 cup basalmic vinegar and 3/4 cup water. Used all the rest of the ingredients and brought to a boil. Followed the rest of the recipe as listed. Definitely would make again."
"Very good and meaty. I didn't have tapioca so I didn't add that, but followed the rest of the recipe to the letter. I might add a little V8 juice to the stew next time to give it a little more of a tomatoey flavor, but it really is wonderful as is."
"I made this tonight. I didn't have the can of diced tomatoes so I used fresh chopped tomatoes and a small can of V8 juice. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. This was so good. Even my picky son ate it all up. I served it with a crusty French bread. A green salad would also be a good accompaniment."
"This is by far the best beef stew recipe I've ever had! The meat is so tender and the gravy is so flavorful. You will not be disappointed! The only changes I made were substituting cornstarch for the tapioca and it worked great. Also, I do not have a dutch oven, so I followed step one using a stock pot, then transferred the mixture to a covered casserole dish to bake in the oven."
"Ten Stars, but I did add one extra can of broth and tomatoes when I stirred in the vegies. I used a really nice chuck roast which I sliced up into stew meat."
"I've never used Tapioca in a Beef Stew. I assume that is to thicken it--correct? Sometimes I brown my meat with flour in the oil, but you have to be careful not to burn it. Adding the Tapioca sounds easier. Also I use about 2 Tablespoons of 57 Sauce and have put a 2 cups of V-8 juice in it without using the chopped tomatoes as this recipe calls for. That's just a couple of ideas for variety~"
"Very Good and easy to make. But it's missing something."
"Excellent! I would cut the salt in half next time though"
"This recipe is fantastic! I was so used to only cooking stew on the stove. This was the first time I had ever put beef stew in the oven and the meat turned out to be so tender and delicious. There was just so much flavor involved and I loved it! Thank you so much for this recipe!"
"This is not exciting, but it's a good basic recipe."
"I didn't follow the directions exactly, just cooked it in the dutch oven on the stove. I also added a few fresh tomatoes...delicious! My family (even the kids) loved it."
"I've made this stew before. It is yummy. Yes, I'll make it again."
"Oh my gosh! This is the best stew I've ever eaten! I added one parsnip, that's all! Please try it!"
"My family loved it. Will definitely make it again."
"Very good recipe! I changed the following...I didn't have tapioca (so I omitted) and used tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes. I also skipped the step of adding sauce to stove to bring to boil. I just browned the beef in a skillet and added the sauce and beef in my Pampered Chef Cranberry Baker. Followed the cooking time and adding of vegetables as instructed in recipe."
"We loved this dish. Next time, I'm going to use about 2/3rds of the potatoes, add another can of tomatoes, and double the garlic. It's a delicious stew, but I like a little more moisture (hence my plan).Thanks so much for the recipe!"
"An old standby, great!"
"This is an extremely flavorful stew!"
"I didn't have tapioca, but it was great anyway!! I also used frozen chopped Roma tomatoes from my garden - excellent, especially on a cold day. Husband loved it too!!"
"Very easy to make. Is a great cold weather, comfort meal. Goes especially well with garlic bread or garlic toast."
"The first times I made this for myself,I used all the ingredients except the salt and it was very good. When I made it tonight for someone else, I did not use the seasonings because she doesn't like them, and it was still very very good. I do hope you will post more recipes."
"One of the best stew recipes I have ever made"
"This is my "go-to" beef stew recipe. It works well also in the slow cooker."
"This was easy and tasty. I didn't have tapioca on hand or a can of beef broth so I added the same amount of liquid and a couple of bouillon cubes. I dusted the beef with flour as I browned it and then added all the rest of the ingredients to my dutch oven at once and baked for 2 hours. Turned out perfectly."
"I cut it in half and did it in the slow cooker."
"Very tasty, I make this all the time. I also add about 2 T. of sugar, delicious."
"This stew was so tastey! I will cut the vegetables smaller next time to speed up the cooking time, but all in all it was delicious! I finally found a stew I'll make again!"
"Excellent! A recipe I return to time and time again, knowing it will always turn out perfectly. Thank you!"
"This is easy and absolutely delicous!"
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.