Bavarian Hunter's Beef Stew

Bavarian beef stew in a bowl

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
632 Calories
22g Fat
41g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 632
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 799mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 1732mg 37%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You don't have to be a Bavarian master hunter (bayerische jågermeister) to make this "hunter-style" rich and hearty stew. This is the perfect fall or winter dish to take the edge off of cold weather or prepare it any time of year you crave a heavy meal.

The secret to this recipe, like most stews, is to brown the meat first, then braise it by adding the liquids and vegetables and allowing the ingredients simmer for a long time to lock in the flavor. 

This dish is leftover friendly, tasting even better the next day because the ingredients have more time to work together to create a deeper flavor.

If you are a stickler for authenticity, use a German spätburgunder (pinot noir) wine for this recipe.


  • 1 1/2 pounds high-quality beef ​chuck, cubed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 large white onions, chopped into small pieces

  • 1 cup white mushrooms, chopped

  • 3/4 cup dry red wine

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • 3 medium white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inches

  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

Steps to Make It

  1. Coat the cubed beef evenly with the salt and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.

  3. Add the beef pieces and stir frequently with a wooden spoon until the meat is evenly browned.

  4. Add the white onion pieces and fresh white mushroom slices. Cook until the onion pieces become transparent, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the dry red wine and stir to evenly coat the meat, mushrooms, and onions. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the meat and vegetables in the red wine for 30 minutes.

  6. Add the beef stock. Mix thoroughly and simmer the mixture for another 30 minutes.

  7. Add the potato pieces and the chopped carrots to the stew. Mix thoroughly and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes. Check and make sure the carrot and potatoes are tender. If not, continue to cook the stew, checking every 5 minutes.

  8. When the potatoes and carrots are soft, remove the stew from the heat and ladle into bowls to serve.


  • Once peeled and cut, potatoes can turn a rather unappetizing shade of gray if left out in the open too long.
  • If you are preparing your ingredients ahead of time, make sure you immerse the potato pieces in cold water and set aside. Drain off the water right before you are ready to add the potatoes to the recipe. 

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