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Easy Beef Stew Recipe

A black bowl contains a bottom layer of mashed potatoes. On top of the potatoes, another layer of beef stew rests.

This is a top view of a beef stew with veggies and tomato sauce seasoned with spices.
Rich flavors and savory goodness mingle in this tomato-based beef stew masterpiece.

Chopped carrots and potatoes sink in a bowl of beef chunks and tomato paste forming the delicious beef stew recipe.
Dive into a world of deliciousness with this visual feast.

A black bowl contains a bottom layer of mashed potatoes. On top of the potatoes, another layer of beef chunks rests.
With mashed potatoes at the bottom, there is no worry about the taste or the flavor.

This easy beef stew recipe features baby potatoes, large carrots, and beef chunks in a broth with tomato paste.
Simmered to perfection, this beef stew is a flavor-packed journey for your taste buds.

FAQs about the Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

Can I make a vegetarian beef stew without compromising flavor?

Absolutely! Load your stew with vegetables, lentils, and a flavorful vegetable broth for a satisfying meatless option.

Can I freeze the beef stew?

Beef stew freezes well. You can make a large batch and freeze individual portions for quick future meals for up to three months.

Can I make the beef stew in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can. Just adjust the cooking time according to the instructions of your slow cooker.

Can I make beef stew ahead of time?

Absolutely! Beef stew often tastes better the next day. Allow it to cool, refrigerate, and reheat it for a flavorful meal.

On a tray, there rests a round bowl of a savory stew that is vibrant with various colors.
This is a bowl filled with warmth and slow-cooked to perfection in every spoonful.

As seen from the top, this is a bunch of chopped veggies and beef sinking in a broth with bay leaves around. This is a beef stew dish.
Every bite tells a story of slow-simmered warmth in our tomato-enriched beef stew.

A metal tray holds a bowl of beef stew with chunks of meat, vegetables, seasonings, and tomato paste.

Easy Beef Stew Recipe

Chunks of tenderly cooked beef infused in a broth of tomato paste, fresh veggies, and aromatic herbs and spices, creating a hearty meal that is not only satisfying but also toothsome. It is a perfect fit for warm family gatherings during cold evenings.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 271 kcal


Beef Prep

  • 1 pound beef stew chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 yellow onion medium
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 pound baby potatoes cut in half or quartered
  • 4 large carrots peeled and cut into ½-inch thick pieces


  • Add the cornstarch to the beef and coat well.
  • Melt the butter in a pot, and add the tablespoon of oil.
  • Add the beef and the seasonings in the Beef Prep.
  • Let it brown, get it a nice sear, and remove.
  • Add the remaining oil, garlic, and onion.
  • Sauté until translucent.
  • Add the carrots, potatoes, and seared beef.
  • Add the tomato paste and bay leaves, and then add the seasonings.
  • Mix well and add the broth.
  • Let it come to a boil for 5 minutes on high heat before lowering the heat to low.
  • Leave it to cook for about an hour or an hour and a half or until all is tender.
  • Once cooked, mix the cornstarch with the 2 tablespoons of cold water until cornstarch is totally dissolved.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the stew and mix until thickened.
  • Serve the stew with mashed potatoes or any other side of your preference.



Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 375mgPotassium: 688mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 873IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
Keyword beef, Beef dinner recipes, cozy, easy, Stew
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