Beef Stew – The Cookie Rookie®

Hearty and soul warming, this stovetop Beef Stew is slow cooked for maximum flavor. Made with chuck roast and fresh veggies and seasoned with red wine, tomato, and herbs, this traditional recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

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Best Beef Stew

If you’re on the hunt for a big bowl of comfort, give homemade beef stew a try! Chunks of beef are slow cooked in a flavorful broth on the stove for a rich and delicious dinner the whole family will love.

This classic beef stew has been a favorite of mine for years. As soon as the temperatures drop, you bet I’m making a big batch of hearty beef stew!

Be sure to try my Guinness Beef Stew and Red Wine Beef Stew, too.

Why You’ll Love this Beef Stew Recipe:

  • ONE POT: One pot recipes are always welcome in my kitchen! This entire stew is prepared in one large Dutch oven on the stove.
  • MAKE AHEAD: This is a great recipe to batch cook for easy dinners later in the week.
  • EASY: Made with simple ingredients and very little hands on cooking time, this beef stew comes together easily on the stove.

Full of rich and comforting flavors, this hearty beef warms you up from the inside out.

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How to Make Beef Stew

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Season the beef and coat in flour.
  2. Sear the beef.
  3. Sauté the onions and garlic and deglaze the pan with red wine vinegar.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, followed by the red wine, broth, water, dried herbs, and beef.
  5. Simmer until the beef is tender.
  6. Add the carrots and potatoes to the pot and continue to cook until tender.
beef stew in a white bowl with a spoon
beef stew in a white bowl
What kind of beef should I use?

I love making this beef stew with chuck roast. Cut it into 2-inch chunks before using in the recipe.

What can I use instead of wine?

Replace the wine with the same amount of beef broth.

Can I braise this stew in the oven?

Yes. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Once the stew begins to boil on the stove in step 6, cover and cook in the oven for about 2 hours. Once the beef is tender, stir in the vegetables and cook, covered, for another hour.

How long does beef stew last?

Store leftover beef stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can certainly freeze leftover beef stew, but the potatoes may become mushy after thawing and reheating.

Serving Suggestions

Pair a hearty bowl of beef stew with fresh bread or veggie sides like:

Warm up chilly nights with a big batch of classic beef stew!

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  • Searing the beef creates an incredible texture and adds so much flavor. Don’t skip this step!
  • Use a large, heavy-bottomed pot for this stew. I love using my Dutch oven as it distributes the heat more evenly.

With beef so tender it melts in your mouth, this classic beef stew recipe will become a new family favorite!

Can I make beef stew in the crockpot?

Absolutely! Here’s my recipe for crockpot beef stew or for a faster version, try Instant Pot beef stew.

How can I make this recipe gluten free?

Replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten free flour alternative.

What other vegetables can I add?

Use your favorites! Peas, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and kale are all delicious additions.

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This classic beef stew hits the spot every time!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!

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