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Best Ever Beef Stew

Best Ever Beef Stew - A cozy, classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, mushrooms + potatoes. Everyone will love this, especially on those chilly nights!

A cozy, classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, mushrooms + potatoes. Everyone will love this, especially on those chilly nights!

Best Ever Beef Stew - A cozy, classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, mushrooms + potatoes. Everyone will love this, especially on those chilly nights!

We just got back from Los Angeles. You know, from their perfect always-sunny-70-degree weather. Wait, why did we leave California again?

No, but really, it was a solid 20 degrees outside and a rude awakening back to Chiberia reality, and Cartman refused to walk as usual. But that’s okay. Because I came home to the best beef stew ever.

Best Ever Beef Stew - A cozy, classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, mushrooms + potatoes. Everyone will love this, especially on those chilly nights!

Wonderfully aromatic, super cozy, and filled with so many goodies – tender chunks of steak, mushrooms, potatoes and carrots. All good things here, stewing in that perfectly hearty, rich gravy.

I poured the rest of the red wine I used for this recipe into a very large wine glass, warmed up some dinner rolls and forgot just how cold it is outside.

Best Ever Beef Stew - A cozy, classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, mushrooms + potatoes. Everyone will love this, especially on those chilly nights!

Best Ever Beef Stew

A cozy, classic beef stew with tender beef, carrots, mushrooms + potatoes. Everyone will love this, especially on those chilly nights!

20 minutes1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds top sirloin steak, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season steak with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Working in batches, add steak to the stockpot and cook, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 6-8 minutes; set aside.
  2. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in flour and tomato paste until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the stockpot.
  6. Stir in beef stock, thyme, bay leaves and steak. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until beef is very tender, about 30 minutes.
  7. Stir in potato; simmer until potatoes are just tender and stew has thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Stir in parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.*
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes:

*TO FREEZE: Let cool completely; portion into plastic freezer bags in individual servings, squeezing out any excess air before sealing. Lay the bags flat in a single layer in the freezer (this will help them freeze quickly). To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge, reheating over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

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57 comments

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    The recipe went so well and the stew very tasty.  I will definitely make it again. Thank you …

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    this is unbelievably good! I CANNOT stop eating it! thanks for such a great recipe- It will now be in my rotation as a favorite!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Been making this stew for a number of years.  One of our daily favorites. The broth is so delicious we all lick
    the bowls and have seconds.  After browning the meat I toss it all in the crockpot. Easy and a crowd pleaser!!!!

  5. Instructions are flawed. Step 1 says set aside? Then how does it end up in the stew?

  6. Can I put it all in crock pot?

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Seriously.. really is best stew ever! I didn’t have celery so added some celery seed and dry thyme because I didn’t have fresh. It was so good and will be by new stew recipe. Thanks for posting 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just tried it out tonight, and WOW! I didn’t have any sirloin steak, but I did have a Boston butt that I cut into bite sized pieces and used instead. It was fantastic. Deep and rich flavors that remind me of how my chef father makes his beef stew. (And I enjoyed a glass of the remaining red wine while it was cooking! Can’t let that go to waste.) My only other change was that I had to cook for 20 extra minutes prior to adding in the potatoes for the meat to get tender enough for my liking, but could have been the different cut of meat that I used. I’ll definitely be cooking this again!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I did not have tomato paste so substituted one can of diced tomato. It did simmer for for about 90 min total. Family ate seconds and loved it. 

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my soul…this recipe was the bomb! We skipped the red wine and added green bell pepper instead of peas and this recipe was absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved this stew its so easy so tasty wow so tasty my father who is very particular about food had 3 servings lol.

    …I didn’t have red wine so I used 2or3 TBSP balsamic vinegar…

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used rib eye and sirloin. It’s very tasty. Keeping this recipe for the winter season. Cooking time was about right.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have made this twice already and it was a hit both times! Next time I have to consider making twice as much because everyone wants 2nd and 3rds! I have to agree the cooking times are longer than stated but still soooo good. Great recipe! 

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful hearty stew ! 
    I have been making stew for many years . Always a favorite ! 
    This recipe was exceptional. 
    The red wine and tomato paste made this special. 
    Try adding a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce ! 
    A must have in our home ! 

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the best beef stew ever! I didn’t have any wine at home so I sub it with white wine vinegar and the beef broth it still came out delicious 🙂

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this recipe twice and it’s seriously *the best* basic stew recipe ever. Never fails and always good, and the texture and flavors are perfect. Easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Wonderful hearty stew ! 
      I have been making stew for many years . Always a favorite ! 
      This recipe was exceptional. 
      The red wine and tomato paste made this special. 
      Try adding a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce ! 
      A must have in our home ! 

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    On average good stew, taste profile good, texture incredible. What really amazed me about this stew is how filling it was! It says it serves 8 but I fed it to all 300 of the kids in my orphanage. One smart ass asked for more because it was sooo good, good enough to be locked in solitary for two nights he said!

    • Hashim,
      Lol I hope you’re joking. To serve 300 kids stew for 8 people is a joke and to say an orphanage has solitary confinement is eyebrow raising to say the least. Prisons have solitary confinement not orphanages. And “one smart ass” asked for more? Imagine that if you’re feeding 300 kids stew for 8 people. If this is true be glad I’m not your neighbor. 

  18. This is sooo good !  Took a lot longer but worth it !

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    This beef stew is absolutely amazing. Had it with yeast rolls and it was all eaten it was so good!

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    This is an excellent recipe! I agree with another review that said the cooking times should be longer, so after taste-testing that’s what I did. I didn’t have beef stock so I used vegetable stock and added a couple teaspoons of powdered beef broth seasoning – it worked out just fine!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe. I did have to alter a little. I used bison bone marrow broth..homemade. then for the wine 8 added some balsamic fig vinegar but less than 1/2 cup. I also browned the meat with a dash of curry powder. I didn’t use black pepper and only had lemon thyme. Still super yummy

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dumb question, do I put a lid on it at step 6?
    Thanks.

  23. Wow! That is a hearty beef stew !! Looks so rich and yummy! My sister is thinking about making this for dinner tonight. But beef and red wine will be available only at the supermarket. I have some button mushrooms and celery. So I think we’re good to go!

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Times are way off. Add one more hour to time. The taste is fantastic though..

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy recipe! Fairly quick to make!! So delicious!!!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    What kind of pan is this?

  27. Craving for some Beef Stew and came upon yours on the internet. It looks amazing!!! Question, what kind of wine would you recommend to use?

    • Any dry red will do (just not sweet). Traditional french beef stew or beef burgundy uses wine from its region which is pinot nior.  If it’s good enough to drink, it’s good enough to cook with:) 

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious! My favorite beef stew recipe!

  29. We are in the middle of a pandemic, so I wanted to make comfort food for my family. I made this recipe without the mushrooms because my son is not a fan. Absolutely delicious! The meat and veggies were tender. What a great combination of flavors in the stew broth.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sooo good!!! The wine is like the cherry on top of this stew!! However, my meat got tough. Did I do something wrong? Or maybe my meat wasn’t fresh?

  31. Wow Chungah it is indeed so beautiful, reading the headline I was wondering how could beef stew ever be the best. Well your pictures speak otherwise! I could almost smell the spices and beef engrossed in it from over here. Kudos, and keep spreading your love through the food you cook. Hearts to Cartman!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    What can be better than a bowl of freshly made bowl of stew! And I love that you add mushrooms to it, my husband will LOVE it! Also, you photos are gorgeous!!!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was insanely delicious. Easy to make and I topped it with dumplings which I popped in the oven till cooked and crispy on top

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Been looking for this for many years! Probably the best Beef Stew I have ever had. Really, the only “tweak” I made was substituting 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar for the wine. Well, okay…I let it simmer for longer , simply because I had the time to do so. Thank you!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious! Currently enjoying leftovers for lunch. My entire family loved this. Thank you for yet another yummy recipe to add to the dinner rotation. 

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious.  Family loved it.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! Well done and THANK YOU for the recipe. Made it tonight and couldn’t be more pleased. It was super easy (made a double batch used a rump roast) and all I can say is OMG. Please post more recipes! Best stew recipe ever! Thanks again!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was absolutely delicious!!!  I subbed sweet potato and replaced celery with double mushroom (because I forgot to buy celery) and it was actually perfect. I served it with freshly baked sourdough and butter. Ahh-May-Zing. 

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just wonderful !!!!! Thanks a lot !! And your photos are so nice !! 

  40. I just made this delicious stew.
    Thank. You
    Love all your receipt.
    Blessings, Annie 

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love beef stew … can this recipe be done in a crock pot?

  42. How do you recommend adjusting this for the instant pot?

  43. Sounds wonderful! Before heading out to the grocery store for ingredients, could I use my already opened bottle of Marsella Wine?

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG I don’t know who is doing your photography these days ….I don’t even like stew but I am going to try this TODAY!!