Easy Homemade Beef Stew

By Rena |

This Classic Homemade Beef Stew recipe is so easy to make and so heavenly. A one-pot meal that’s hearty, flavorful and loaded with tender beef morsels, potatoes, and carrots. Cooked in a rich and savory sauce, this beef stew recipe is comfort food at its best.

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This simple and healthy beef stew recipe can easily be made in an instant pot, slow cooker, in the oven, or on a stovetop. We will be showing you the different ways to cook up this delicious homemade beef stew so you can make it whichever way is more convenient. Enjoy tender, melt in your mouth beef chunks with soft comforting potatoes and carrots. We assure you that this will be the best beef stew recipe you will ever have!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BEEF STEW

Lets first talk about how we made this easy vegetable beef stew recipe.

  • Preheat oven: While prepping everything else preheat the oven to 325° F.
  • Prep Beef: Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides.
  • Heat Skillet: Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. If you don’t have a dutch oven, use an oven-safe skillet/pot that has a cover.
  • Partially cook beef: Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through at this stage. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.easy and healthy beef stew recipe
  • Add other ingredients: Then add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Mix and simmer: Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, and return the beef to the pot.
  • Cook in Oven: Cover the Dutch oven (pot), and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook the stew for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Serve: Taste the stew and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve warm.

Note: To finish cooking this beef stew on the stovetop, cover the pot and let it simmer for 60-90 using medium to low heat. Check it occasionally to see if the beef is tender using a fork and add some broth or water if the sauce starts to dry out.

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How to make beef stew in a crockpot or slow cooker

So many of you out there love the convenience of using a crockpot or slow cooker. Who wouldn’t? Set everything up, go to work, go run some errands, take your kids to their activities and come back to dinner ready to serve!

There is a quick method to using a crockpot to make this hearty beef stew and another more flavorful method.

THE QUICK METHOD:

  • Turn on the crockpot or slow cooker
  • Add the beef, veggies, broth, spices, and all the ingredients in together at once.
  • Give it a nice mix
  • Cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours,  and high 6-7 hours.
  • To thicken the stew, 30 minutes before serving, remove about 1/2 cup of the liquid/sauce, mix it with about 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Pour it back in and allow to cook and thicken up. Remove bay leaf, serve and enjoy.

MORE FLAVORFUL METHOD

  • Set up the crockpot
  • Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. The beef does not need to be cooked through. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.
  • Deglaze –  Add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add the broth and let it cook for another minute to deglaze the bottom of the skillet and collect all the flavors.
  • In the crockpot or slow cooker, add the potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • ADD in the beef. Give it a good mix to combine everything.
  • Cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours,  and high 6-7 hours.
  • To thicken the stew, 30 minutes before serving, remove about 1/2 cup of the liquid/sauce, mix it with about 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Pour it back in and allow to cook and thicken up. Remove bay leaf, serve and enjoy.

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How to make beef stew in an instant pot

  • Prep: cut up beef into small chunk sizes along with the potatoes and carrots
  • Prep Beef: Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides.
  • Brown the beef: Turn on the instant pot, and put it on the saute mode. Add the oil and then add the beef. Brown the beef for 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Cook onion: After you remove the beef, add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes and stir until brown and soft.
  • Deglaze: Pour the broth over the onions. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir for a minute.
  • Season: Next, add the tomato paste, seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Add beef and veggies: Then, add the beef in, top with the potatoes and carrots. Finally, add the bay leaf.
  • Close IP and cook: Close the lid of the instant pot, turn the steam release valve to seal. Press manual, and cook at high for 35 minutes, then allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes before opening the lid. Remove the bay leaf.

Notes: If the stew is not thick enough to your liking, you may thicken it with some corn starch. We mentioned above to use the sauce of the stew to mix in with some cornstarch but another way to thicken the sauce would be to mix about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with a tad bit of water and pour into the instant pot. Mix and turn it to sautee mode again for another 5-10 minutes until the stew thickens up. Serve and Enjoy.

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Some frequently asked questions about beef stew

How to thicken beef stew

The easiest way to thicken beef stew would be to mix about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with some water, add it to the stew, stir and cook for a few more minutes until it thickens up. Not too keen on using corn starch? You may use some whole wheat flour instead.

You could always remove some of the carrots and potatoes and blend them with a bit of water before returning it back to the stew to thicken it up.

What to serve with beef stew

Here are some great side options to try with beef stew:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Quinoa
  • Brown or basmati rice
  • Corn Bread
  • Mashed potatoes – Try THIS low carb cauliflower mash potato
  • Salads and steamed veggies

How long to cook beef stew in a crockpot

When using a crockpot, cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours,  and high 6-7 hours.

How long to cook beef stew in an instant pot

Once you’ve sauteed the veggies and browned the beef and you are ready to close the lid of the instant pot, it takes about 30-35 minutes on HIGH for the stew to cook through and become tender.

How to cook beef stew

There are a few ways to cook beef stew. It will depend on your preferred method. You can cook on your stovetop, in the oven, in your crockpot or slow cooker, or in an instant pot. We have discussed all the methods above to show you how to cook your beef stew.

what cut of beef is a stew meat

The most popular cut of meat used for stew is Chuck. You may also use a variety of roasts like bottom round, round tip, top round, and pot roast.  Some others to consider would be oxtail, bohemian, and cross-cut shank.

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easy homemade beef stew

easy homemade beef stew

Easy Homemade Beef Stew

Made with tender meat chunks, carrots, and potatoes in a deliciously seasoned sauce on a stove-top.
4.81 from 63 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Beef Chuck Roast cut into 2-inch chunks, excess fat removed
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat for non-gluten
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Yellow Onion Chopped Large
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Large Carrot or two small-medium, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 Yukon Gold Potatoes diced into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through at this stage. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  • Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, and return the beef to the pot. Cover the Dutch oven, and transfer to the preheated oven
  • Cook the stew for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaf. Taste the stew and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve warm.

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Notes

Notes:
  • You may add an additional 1-2 cups of water or more broth if you like to have more broth on your stew

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2223IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Deanna says

    5 stars
    We made this in an Instant Pot tonight & loved it! It was perfect for a cold and rainy day. We added more carrots & potatoes with peas as well. We will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heather says

    5 stars
    I made this stew last night and it was delicious. The best recipe I’ve ever used. Will double next time; didn’t have enough to freeze. Used the oven to bake and had to add another half cup of beef broth for more gravy. Did not have to add a thickener. 5-stars!

  3. Jean says

    5 stars
    This beef stew was delicious! I cooked it on the stovetop. Such a rich depth of flavor. Looking forward to adding this to the rotation for fall and winter!

  4. Caroline says

    I need to make this for ten hungry boys on a sports training day – but cannot be where they are on the day. Does it freeze well if i make it in advance please?

      • Elma ibrahimi says

        Looks delicious! I have a question though. Before doing any of the things you mentioned, what can i do to make the meat tender? For example, does it help to put it in water with salt? Im really looking forward to your answer becuase i need to know! Thank you so much for your time! 🙂

        • Rena says

          Yes. It all depends on the beef you use. Allowing it to cook in the oven for some time will let the beef tender. Or cover on your stovetop and under medium heat let it slow cook.

  5. Jill says

    4 stars
    Worked out well although I found it to be quite liquidy after 2 hours so will need to be adjusted to thicken. Other than that very easy and tasty.

  6. Meredith says

    Hi, I love the look of this recipe but am not sure I understand the crockpot cook times. It says to cook it on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours, and high 6-7 hours. so does that mean total cooking time is 22-23 hours? Or does it mean that you can cook it on low for 9-10 hours, and j medium 7-8 hours, or high 6-7 hours? Just want to clarify, thank you!

    • Rena says

      Only one of the options. If you use a different beef cut that cooks quicker the cooking time will be less. Or you may also use a slow cooker.

    • Rena says

      Add a cup more broth or water and cook under medium heat on your stovetop covered for 30-40 minutes. Uncover and check with a fork if the beef is tender and cook accordingly for a few more minutes after that.

  7. Pita says

    Cool recipe but the timing is very deceiving and should be updated. I’m looking at the total time and thinking I have enough time to make the dish and as I’m reading through I get the curve ball of throw it in the over for 2-2.5 hours!? Not cool.

  8. Vanessa says

    Can you do this on the stovetop instead of the oven? I have a big Dutch oven that can be used on the stovetop or oven? But was going to try this on the stove?

  9. Eric says

    4 stars
    It didn’t look like there was sufficient liquid as I got ready to put it in the oven, so I added a cup of water. When I took it out After 2:15, was still not much liquid. My Dutch oven has a tight-fitting lid, so not sure what went wrong-will add two cups of water next time. Otherwise very good. Thanks for posting!

      • Marie-Hélène Rémillard says

        5 stars
        So good, I will redo it for sure.
        I wont put the Potato in the stew, I will do mashed potatos with this, less healthy but so delicious haha

  10. Shadi says

    5 stars
    Hi. I’m confused about the cooking time! At the top of the recipe it says 20 minutes for cooking time, but in step 7, it says cook for 2-2.5 hours! Please help.

    • Rena says

      Hi, first it needs to bake for 40-50 minutes which is step 4. Then after you put the glaze on you make again for another 20 minutes.

      • Julissa says

        5 stars
        Smells amazing and can’t wait for it to be done. I used an already tenderized meat and cut all my veggies into smaller pieces in hopes my cook time wouldn’t be 2 hours… could be an epic failure or the best thing to happen!

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