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Classic Beef Stew Recipe

Classic Beef Stew Recipe

Here's a good old-fashioned stew with rich beef gravy that lets the flavor of the potatoes and carrots come through. This is the perfect hearty dish for a blustery winter day. I make it often this time of year. — Alberta McKay, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 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 an oven-proof 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 1-1/2 hours. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 245 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 751 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Reviews for Classic Beef Stew

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"This was delicious! My entire family loved it."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"My hubby's favorite stew! Easy and fast. Very tasty."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"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!"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"EX!!!!!.... Great recipe only change was to use cornstarch instead of tapioca...."

Reviewed May. 26, 2015 Edited Oct. 28, 2015

"! This stew was awesome! it was a big hit with my family."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"Fantastic recipe. Couldn't stop eating it. I served it with sesame bread to soak up the great sauce. It's a winner!!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"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!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"Very nice! The gravy is so rich and the meat very tender and good. My addition was a splash or two of Medeira."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014


Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"an awesome recipe that shows you just how easy it is to produce a gorgeous stew,I managed it!!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"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!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"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~"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Very Good and easy to make. But it's missing something."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"Excellent! I would cut the salt in half next time though"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"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!"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"This is not exciting, but it's a good basic recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"I've made this stew before. It is yummy. Yes, I'll make it again."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Oh my gosh! This is the best stew I've ever eaten! I added one parsnip, that's all! Please try it!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"My family loved it. Will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"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!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"An old standby, great!"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"This is an extremely flavorful stew!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"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!!"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Very easy to make. Is a great cold weather, comfort meal. Goes especially well with garlic bread or garlic toast."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Absolutely delicious!"

Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"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."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"One of the best stew recipes I have ever made"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"This is my "go-to" beef stew recipe. It works well also in the slow cooker."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I cut it in half and did it in the slow cooker."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"Very tasty, I make this all the time. I also add about 2 T. of sugar, delicious."

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"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!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009 Edited May. 22, 2011

"Excellent! A recipe I return to time and time again, knowing it will always turn out perfectly. Thank you!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"This is easy and absolutely delicous!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2008


Could this be made in the slow cooker? DS likes stew better when the meat has cooked all day in the slow cooker. Awal"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.