Hearty Beef Stew

This Hearty Beef Stew is a classic beef stew recipe. It’s full of fall apart tender beef in a hearty gravy. Oven and slow cooker instructions included. 

This Hearty Beef Stew is comfort food to the max! It's and easy beef stew recipe that's filled with fall apart tender beef in a wonderful hearty sauce. #beef #beefstew #easyrecipe #slowcooker

Hearty Beef Stew

I am digging this wonderful recipe up from deep within the archives. It needed a total make over!! I remember eating this frequently growing up. Both my Mom and Grandma would make this comforting dish on cold days and it’s the perfect stick to your ribs kind of meal to warm up with.

A few other hearty dishes you should try are: Upside Down Pizza Casserole, Skillet Beef Pot Pie, and Slow Cooker Pot Roast.

This Hearty Beef Stew is the perfect meal for a cold day! It's comfort food that's so easy to make and so full of flavor! #easyrecipe #beef #beefstew #slowcooker

Easy Beef Stew Recipe

This beef stew couldn’t be an easier recipe. Just place everything in the pot and cook away. You can sear the meat to add more flavor and be sure to deglaze the pan with a little beef broth or red wine even to get all those flavorful bits up. Browning the meat will also make the sauce a deeper and slightly browner color. Not a bad thing, just more flavor is all it means.

I am putting the recipe I grew up eating in the recipe card. But I will also put in the instructions for making it in the slow cooker and in the notes, I will add the extras I put in the stew.

This Hearty Beef Stew is a classic beef stew recipe. It's full of fall apart tender beef in a hearty gravy. Oven and slow cooker instructions included. #easyrecipe #beef #beefstew #slowcooker

Choosing the best type of beef for stew:

And if you want really tender chunks of meat, choose a nice chuck roast. It’s marbled and when cooked slowly the marbling will melt into the meat making it oh so tender. Also, cooking it low and slow is the way to go for tender meat.

Some nice cuts would be Chuck, Chuck Shoulder, Chuck Eye Roast. You can also use round roast in a pinch. It’s not as marbled but it will still be tender. Also if you find stew meat which is either chuck or round. It is a great replacement and the work of cutting up the meat is already done for you!

What to serve with Hearty Beef Stew:

  • Bread. I love toasting up thick slices of bread with a little butter and garlic. Or make some fresh bread crumbs in your food processor and add them to a skillet with melted butter and some chopped garlic. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Sprinkle over your beef stew, YUM!!!
  • A simple side salad.
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This Hearty Beef Stew is comfort food to the max! It's and easy beef stew recipe that's filled with fall apart tender beef in a wonderful hearty sauce. #beef #beefstew #easyrecipe #slowcooker
Hearty Beef Stew
Prep Time
15 mins
 
This Hearty Beef Stew is a classic beef stew recipe. It's full of fall apart tender beef in a hearty gravy. Oven and slow cooker instructions included. 
Course: Beef, Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy beef stew, slow cooker beef stew recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 461 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds (916g) chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2" chunks
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 pounds (933g) potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups (475ml) tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons quick cooking (minute) tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
OVEN METHOD:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (121 degrees C).

  2. Place meat in bottom of a large pot that has a tight fitting lid. Layer vegetables over meat. 

  3. In a medium bowl combine remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables. Cover with lid. Bake for 5 hours and most importantly DO NOT PEEK!! Not even once!! 

SLOW COOKER METHOD:
  1. Place meat and vegetables in a 6 quart slow cooker. 

  2. In a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. 

Recipe Notes
  1. This recipe will freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat as needed. 
  2. Quick cooking or Minute tapioca can be found in the baking aisle next to the pudding. 
  3. Some additions I like to make to the stew are:
    1. Brown the meat and deglaze the pan with a little red wine. This will really add a lot of beef flavor to the sauce. It will also make the sauce a richer color. 
    2. 4 cloves garlic, minced
    3. 1 bay leaf
    4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    5. A dash of soy sauce
  4. If you don't have tomato juice a great substitution is 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce and 2 cups beef broth. I do this almost everytime because I don't have tomato juice on hand. 
  5. Can also substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes. 

What to serve with Hearty Beef Stew:

  • Bread. I love toasting up thick slices of bread with a little butter and garlic. Or make some fresh bread crumbs in your food processor and add them to a skillet with melted butter and some chopped garlic. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Sprinkle over your beef stew, YUM!!!
  • A simple side salad. 
Nutrition Facts
Hearty Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Potassium 1569mg 45%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 212.5%
Vitamin C 34.4%
Calcium 8.3%
Iron 27.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Hearty Beef Stew is comfort food to the max! It's and easy beef stew recipe that's filled with fall apart tender beef in a wonderful hearty sauce. #beef #beefstew #easyrecipe #slowcooke

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