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Healthy Beef Stew


  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups quartered peeled small onions
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 4 tablespoons flour, paprika and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  • 2. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste; cook until fragrant and the color starts to darken slightly. Add the water, bouillon, 1-1/2 teaspoons basil, 3/4 teaspoon thyme, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  • 3. Add the potatoes, onions and carrots. Cover and simmer 30 minutes longer or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  • 4. Discard bay leaves. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, salt, and the remaining flour, basil, thyme and garlic powder. Add cold water; stir until smooth. Stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 336 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 512mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.


Average Rating: 4.785714
  • still_learning_to_cook
    Nov 20, 2016

    We absolutely loved this stew! My boyfriend said he'd give it 12 stars if he could. He actually cooked it, and said it took him a lot longer to cut all the veggies than 10 minutes. We are on day 3 eating it as there are only two of us. We bought sheepherders bread to slice up and together it was delicious!

  • Kayla
    Nov 16, 2016

    This was amazing! Only my second time cooking beef stew. I added a whole can of jalape?o because we like spice.

    I will make this again for sure!

  • Imlaynlow
    Apr 3, 2016

    I made it into a Paeleo recipe with very little change and it was delicious! The best beef stew I have ever tasted. I used organic beef and vegi's, all fresh herbs, 3/4 cup sugar free tomatoes sauce, 1 1/4 cup natural beef broth instead of the water, (4 red potatoes for my husband), 4 T of tapioca flour instead of all purpose, and olive oil instead of canola oil....browned the meat as instructed, then combined with all the rest in my crockpot for 5 hrs on low. Absolutely Devine! Thank you! It's a keeper for sure!

  • CinthiaM
    Aug 30, 2015

    First, i'd like to say it has great flavor. Second, next time I will leave out the coating of flour and braising. I like the idea of green beans. Sorry to be so harsh but it's just my opinion.

  • miabryant
    Aug 26, 2015

    My husband and I have both decided that this is the best beef stew we have ever had. Delicious! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • JMartinelli13
    Jul 11, 2015

    This is my go-to stew recipe. I've done it both on the stove top and in the slow cooker.

  • sjpoor
    Feb 13, 2015

    This is about the best beef stew we have ever eaten. The only change I made was the addition of some left over green beans and their juice and about 1/2 tsp more salt. Total with beans and juice was probably just over a cup. The spice blends are not overpowering but just right. Definitely a keeper. I happened on to it while going through a stack of old magazines and it sounded just right. This will definitely be the only beef stew recipe I use from now on.

  • ConnieK
    Jul 5, 2012

    This is the best beef stew I have ever had and a lighter version (who knew). This is now my favorite beef stew recipe.

  • 123martin
    May 22, 2011

    This is a great stew. My husband said "make this again!"

  • 123martin
    May 22, 2011

    This is a great stew. My husband said "make this again!"

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