Homemade Beef Stew is a comfort food classic! This hearty stew is perfect for cold days, to feed a large gathering, and make awesome leftovers. This beef stew is filled with potatoes, carrots, onions, and delicious chunks of beef.
Beef Stew is one of my absolute favorite winter/ fall dishes! It’s everything you need in a meal in one bowl. There are the beef chunks that give you protein, the carrots, and potatoes that take care of your vegetables, and I like to serve my beef stew over brown rice so that takes care of the whole grain. See! Beef stew is a perfect wholesome dish that the body would appreciate! And it tastes good and tender!
Ingredients in this Homemade Beef Stew Recipe
Stew Beef Chunks: I am finding it very common for more and more stores to have beef chunks already cut into chunks that are great for beef stew. Typically, this is not something I have had to ask for the butcher to cut. However, you can take beef chuck roast and have the butcher cut into 1-inch cubes.
Beef Stock: Beef stock gives amazing flavor and deepens that beef flavor that we love so much in this dish. Beef Stock is typically made with pieces of beef and vegetables and creates a thinner consistency. Whereas beef broth has a richer beef flavor and can make the stew thicker.
Carrots and Potatoes: Add these two vegetables just makes this stew happily settle in the pit of your belly making each bite satisfying and comforting. In fact, this is probably the only way I could eat carrots because of all of the flavors that get absorbed into them. I am not a fan of roasted carrots by themselves.
Cooked Rice: You do not have to serve this beef stew over rice. It is a personal preference for me that I have adapted growing up. However, you can omit rice altogether if you want.
Now for that last special ingredient that I know you’re wondering about. I’ll tell you. It’s my love. I don’t make beef stew because I want something to eat, I make beef stew when I want to feel comfort from the inside out. Beef stew is “love food” to me. “Love food” are dishes that bring people together.
The purpose of my blog is to share my “love food” with the world. If you are a faithful follower of my blog then I insist on you making some beef stew over rice and with a side of buttery cornbread and feel the love that I want to share with you. And if my love is good to you then share it with your friends and family. I guarantee that you all will feel the love.
Commonly Asked Questions
For my recipe, I believe what gives the stew its flavor is the broth and the combination of the rest of the ingredients. The key to most stews is allowing it to simmer on low for a few hours so the flavors become one.
I always use my favorite spices for most of my dishes and those include onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, pepper, and seasoned salt. Just add a little of this and a little of that until you reach the flavor you like.
You can but I wouldn’t recommend it because you’re going to lose flavor. If you don’t have broth or stock, purchase some beef bouillon and you can add to the water and it will still give you some flavor. Beef bouillon is a great pantry ingredient that you can use in the case where you don’t have broth or want to add an extra punch of flavor to a dish.
Yes. You can follow the instructions as it is laid out in the recipe and turn the stew to a slow cooker and allow it to cook on low for 4-6 hours. Be sure to not fill the slow cooker all the way to the top.
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