Wintertime Braised Beef Stew Recipe
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Wintertime Braised Beef Stew Recipe

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This easy beef stew is incredibly rich. Since it's even better a day or two later, you may want to make a double batch. —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak or chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons red currant jelly
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh oregano sprigs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 310 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss beef with flour and steak seasoning.
  2. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches; remove with a slotted spoon.
  3. In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, parsnips and carrots; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, wine, jelly, bay leaves, oregano and beef; bring to a boil.
  4. Bake, covered, 1-1/2 hours. Stir in beans; bake, covered, 30-40 minutes longer or until beef and vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaves and oregano sprigs. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
    Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Wintertime Braised Beef Stew in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p31

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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AndersGran User ID: 8326757 260488
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"This was wonderful. I didn't have the currant jelly but I don't think I missed anything. So tasty. Definitely will make this again. Need to get some containers to put some of this in my freezer so I can have it later. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who like Beet Stew. This is the best."

Emanon User ID: 1519129 259760
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"This is THE BEST STEW. . . . EVER. Do not understand how cpldutch can say it was "blah"!!! It couldn't be further from blah!! I am thinking she may not have followed the recipe correctly. If parsnips didn't work for her, she should try potatoes.

My son, who has never liked stew, thought this was really, really good and he asked for the recipe to fix at his house. Had it for the first time last night and looking forward to finishing it up tonight! Will definitely be making again and again."

arts4you User ID: 3663973 244162
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"My daughter was convinced she hated stew...until she at this!"

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 243940
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"Very tasty! I chose to leave out the jelly since it was optional, and used the beef broth option. It was very good. The parsnips were not as tasty as I'd hoped, so I'll use potatoes next time (my husband prefers them)... but I WILL be making this one again. Thanks!"

cpldutch User ID: 7670890 243351
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"What a waste of time and ingredients. Used all ingredients, chuck roast instead of sirloin, (dodged that bullet) red currant jelly, etc. Just blah. Over powered by parsnip flavor even used less. Thank goodness that it did not make a lot!!!"

TarrenEm User ID: 8470164 240568
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Fantastic!!! I'm a mom of some terrible picky eaters including my husband. They all like different things and it is a huge challenge to have them all like the same thing. But, I refuse to make separate meals. This stew was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I followed everything step by step. I do not like the ones that replace this for that. Not cool. It confuses the ones that just wanna make the recipe for how it is. And, it was phenomenal. My son, daughter, husband and me devoured it in one sitting. No leftovers. We are still wanting more. Thank you so much! This recipe is beyond 5 stars! Happy New Year's!!!"

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 239595
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This is a very good stew, i followed the recipe except red current jam could not find anywhere. The house smelled wonderful for hours. Only thing i will change next time is adding more liquid it turned out very thick. Thank you for recipe"

Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 237984
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"Having never made a beef stew before today, I was AMAZED by the results. Even though I had to omit the oregano sprigs and red current jam (which I couldn't find at the store) and used navy beans (in lieu of the cannelli beans) and beef broth, it was seriously some of the best I've ever had! Definitely a keeper recipe!"

kimbarron User ID: 8131252 237884
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Delicious! My whole family raved about how good it tasted, paired with homemade cornbread. I could not find parsnips and used potatoes instead."

falknermimi User ID: 3056172 179663
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I made this for our supper tonight and it was a hit. I didn't have Montreal Steak seasoning so I substituted seasoned salt and it was wonderful. Can't wait to make again on a cool night. As a field editor I have been going through old Taste of Home editions and found this, and I'm so glad I found this recipe because I've never found a beef stew recipe I truly loved until now."

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