Beef Stew


Stove Top Beef Stew is beef and hearty vegetables simmered in luscious gravy until the meat is fall apart tender and the veggies are cooked through. This ultimate cozy dish is perfect on a chilly day. When it’s cold outside there is nothing quite as comforting and satisfying as a hearty bowl of beef stew. The aroma of savory beef, tender vegetables, and aromatic herbs simmering on the stove fills the kitchen with warmth and anticipation.

Stove-top beef stew is a timeless classic that’s perfect for chilly evenings or lazy weekends. With simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a hearty and delicious meal that’s sure to warm both body and soul. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, and let the savory aroma of this comforting dish fill your home. Enjoy every spoonful of this nourishing beef stew with your family and friends.

With the rising cost of groceries especially meat, this stew is a dish that can feed many for little expense. If you are feeding just a couple of people then you have leftovers to either have throughout the week or freeze for another time. A great time saver and budget friendly dish. It is also very versatile, while traditional celery, onions and carrots are a staple, you could add peas or green beans to bump it up or if you don’t like the traditional mirepoix.

Beef Stew

Planning Ahead.

It’s winter where I live and there just happened to be a great sale on stew beef at my neighborhood grocery store. I stocked up with enough stew meat to make 4 batches. One I used for the recipe below and then I used my vacuum sealer and make 3 more packets of about the same size. I love when there’s a deal and I try and take advantage of them if my freezer space allows.

Or if you are cooking for one, you can portion our your meat to freeze, so you can make smaller batches!

If you love beef stew as much as we do then give this recipe a try. But If you are short on time and have an instant Pot then you can try my Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe. It is just as delicious.

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

This flavorful and hearty stew is perfect for those chilly days.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course anytime, Main Course, main dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 heavy bottom dutch oven or pot


  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1-2" pieces *peeled
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into large pieces (about 2")
  • ½ head fresh garlic, cut in half
  • 750 grams Stew beef, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Rosemary (or 2 sprigs fresh)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (for seasoning)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch, with water to make a slurry if needed


  • In a shallow dish, combine 1 cup All purpose flour, 1 Tbsp salt, and 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Pat the stew beef dry and dredge in the seasoned flour. A few pieces at a time add them to the hot oil to brown, remove to a plate, continue until all of the beef is browned. (set aside)
  • In a medium to large dutch oven, add the 3-4 Tbsp canola oil heat over med-hi heat
  • Cut the 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1" pieces, 2 ribs celery, cut into 1" pieces, and 3 large carrots, cut into 1-2" pieces
  • In the same dutch oven you cooked the beef, add the onion, carrots and celery and cook for 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften
  • Add the 2 Tbsp Tomato paste and stir, cooking the paste for a minute
  • add the cooked stew beef to the pot, with any accumulated juices
  • add the 8 cups beef broth, ½ head fresh garlic, cut in half , 1 Bay leaf and 1 Tbsp Dried Rosemary (or 2 sprigs fresh)
  • reduce the heat to medium and let cook, stirring every once in a while for 1.5 to 2 hours (test the beef for tenderness).
  • Add the 4 medium potatoes, cut into large pieces (about 2") and let the stew simmer a further 30 minutes
  • Taste the broth and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • If you like a thicker stew, combine 1 Tbsp cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water to make a slurry, add it to the gravy, stirring to combine. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Serve over egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and enjoy!


A perfect family budget friendly stew.
Keyword beef, beef stew, hearty stew, stew
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