Beef Stew!

When the weather takes a dip, there is only one recipe I reach for. It’s this Beef Stew recipe. This dish is the ultimate cold-weather meal.   It’s easy to make and a delicious option for dinner tonight. 
Beef stew in a bowl

Why Beef Stew Works

When looking for a cold-weather meal that pairs perfectly with a Cabernet Sauvignon, this Beef Stew recipe may be it! The meat and potatoes alone are hearty enough for a glass of red wine. I paired this one-pan meal with the Etnico Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Scout & Cellar. This recipe is made up of a tray full of veggies and herbs and a tray full of beef. And the only seasoning I used for the meat was salt & pepper. This gives it such a natural flavor without putting too much into it.

Beef Stew Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Beef Chuck
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Paste
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Beef Broth
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaves
  • Red Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper

Big bowl of beef stew
How to Make Beef Stew

  • First, brown the meat in olive oil, seasoned with salt & pepper.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Using the same pan, melt the unsalted butter and cook the onions for about 5 minutes or until soft.  Add the garlic and tomato paste for another minute.
  • Add the cooked meat to the mixture.  Cover with flour and mix together.
  • Then add the beef stock, and the bunch of parsley, thyme, and bay leaves.  Cook on simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Next, add the potatoes, celery, carrots, and whole tomatoes and bring to a simmer.

You will know the stew is ready to be served when the liquid thickens up into a sauce. It’s so flavorful that we finished this entire pot in one sitting.

Bowl of beef stew


  • Pair Any red wine with this dinner. I suggest a Cab because the dish really lives up to the stature of the Cab. I think highly of Cabs and really like to pair one with a dish that is it’s equal.
  • If you don’t have beef broth, you can use chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Store this beef stew in an airtight container in the fridge for several days.

Bowl of stew with red wine

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Beef Stew

There is only one meal you need for a cool weekend day -- it's this Beef Stew recipe.  It is one of my favorite recipes of all time!  

Course dinner
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


  • Olive Oil for searing
  • 2 pounds Beef Chuck cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 medium Onions cut into 6ths
  • 5 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 10 cups Beef Broth low-sodium
  • 6 sprigs Parsley
  • 6 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 5 medium Red Potatoes quartered
  • 3 medium Carrots cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Celery Stalks cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 7 canned Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 3 teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar


  1. In a large pot with tight-fitting lid, pour enough Olive Oil to fill the bottom of the pan (about 1/4 inch deep). Season the beef with salt and pepper. Then add to pan to saute (about 8 minutes for each batch). Once the meat is well-browned, remove from pan and drain on paper towel to remove oil. Repeat with remaining beef. Discard the oil and wipe out the pan.

  2. Next melt the unsalted butter in the same pan. Cook the onions over medium heat until brown. It should take about 5 minutes.

  3. Then add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook this for 1 minute.

  4. Add the drained beef to mixture. Then cover with flour and mix together.

  5. Add 10 cups of beef stock

  6. Add the parsley, thyme and bay leaves bunch (wrapped with kitchen string)

  7. Cook on simmer for 1 1/2 hours

  8. Add potatoes, celery, carrots and whole tomatoes and bring to a simmer.

  9. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid thickens for 1 hour.

  10. Remove and discard the herb bundle.

  11. Stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from one found on the Food Network website. There are some adjustments you can make. Instead of beef broth, you can use chicken broth or just water.

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