Stew – A basic beef stew starter recipe

Home made stew is a hot healthy meal that can stand alone or be complemented with vegetable side dishes and homemade salad.


2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2 pounds bottom round, sirloin or chuck roast trimmed and cut into bite size chunks
2 cups water or 1 cup water and 1 cup beef broth
3 large carrots, cut into bite size chunks
2 stalks celery, course diced
1 medium size yellow onion, course diced
1 and 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 or 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
3 bay leaves
2 to 4 medium size potatoes, cut into bite size chunks

Cooking your stew

In a large hot cast iron pot add oil and meat. Cook until meat has browned, about 10 minutes.
Add water/beef broth slow simmer meat for 1 hour until tender.
Add remaining spices and vegetables stir, add water/beef broth to cover meat and vegetables, cover cook pot with a tight fitting lid and slow simmer 45 to 60 minutes until meat and vegetables are tender.
Check your cook pot every 25 – 30 minutes, stir and add more water/beef broth as needed.

If you need to thicken the gravy, combine 1/4 cup cool/cold water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch stir until smooth. Mix with your stew. Stir and continue cooking.

Serve hot with cornbread, saltine crackers or fresh homemade buttered garlic toast.

Optional additions to your stew:
whole kernel corn
green beans
turnip or parsnip roots
mild/sweet chili or bell peppers
tomato’s blanched and peeled, course chopped or diced
* Add vegetables you like, omit vegetables that you dislike
** Any meat, lamb, chicken, pork or turkey can be used as a replacement for the beef used in this recipe.
*** wild game{rabbit or venison}, wild birds{quail or pheasant} work well in making homemade stew.
Hint: Wild game {rabbit, venison, quail or pheasant}, cook whole or quartered, de-bone returning meat to your pot before serving.
Wild game may require longer cooking times.

3 responses to “Stew – A basic beef stew starter recipe

  1. sounds good! my husband always wants beef stew around this time of the year… and if I’m not around, makes it without any spices and it drives me nuts. I’ll send him this! 🙂

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  2. You’re making me hungry! When fall is in the air, we crave that “stick to your ribs” kind of food.

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