Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Beef Stew
The Spruce
  • 2 hrs
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
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This is a very basic beef stew. It’s easy, delicious and inexpensive to make. While there are hundreds of variations of this traditional recipe, it’s hard to improve on this version’s savory and comforting goodness.

For even better flavor, make this dish the day before you plan to serve it.

What You'll Need

  • 3 lbs. boneless chuck roast (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 yellow onions (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 4 carrots (peeled and cut into 1-inch slices)
  • 2 stalks celery (cut into 1-inch slices)
  • 3 large russet potatoes (peeled and cut in eighths)
  • Garnish: Fresh parsley

How to Make It

  1. On medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil to a large heavy pot (one that has a tight-fitting lid).
  2. When it begins to smoke slightly, add the beef and brown very well. Do so in batches if necessary. Add the salt and pepper as the beef browns.
  3. Once browned, remove the beef with a slotted spoon set aside.
  4. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring often.
  1. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add wine and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. The flour will start to thicken the wine as it comes to a simmer.
  3. Simmer wine for 5 minutes and then add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and the beef.
  4. Bring back to a gentle simmer, cover and cook on very low for about 1 hour.
  5. Add potatoes, carrots, and celery and simmer covered for another 30 minutes, or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  6. Turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with the fresh parsley if desired.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 401
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 101 mg
Sodium 798 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 37 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)