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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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21 comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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. 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious.  Family loved it.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

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

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

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

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

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

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

  16. 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!!