Ultimate Beef Stew

Updated on December 12, 2019
Drunken Chef profile image

Taking the complication out of cooking! You don't have to be a master chef to cook great food. Relax, have fun, and put some love into it.

Having a bowl of beef stew takes me back to my childhood.
Having a bowl of beef stew takes me back to my childhood. | Source

Homemade Beef Stew

We all have that place we remember as being the best place and time we had in our lives. For some, like me, it's back home with my family, sitting around the dining room table having dinner. For others, it's a restaurant, café, picnic table, or some little place we found by chance while traveling.

This beef stew dish hits me in the heart, as it causes me to remember those cool fall days as a child. From time to time my father would make beef stew for the family, and it was awesome. He stumbled around the kitchen, rummaging through the cabinets looking for the ingredients and spices to add to his dishes. His beef stew called for wine, and I can still see him adding a little red wine to his masterpiece.

Here's my beef stew for you to enjoy with your family. I know you'll love it . . . and yes, I use a little red wine, too. Like father, like son.

I made a whole pot of it yesterday, and like clockwork my son and his crew arrived for a late-night chow down. The football team sure can eat.

So, relax—and remember back to that time in your life that makes you warm inside. Smile, grab a glass of wine, and tuck into a warm bowl of this beef stew.

Have a bowl of goodness
Have a bowl of goodness

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 45 min
Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds beef chuck stew meat
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 5 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 red potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups mixed mushrooms
  • 1 cup flour, for dusting meat
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon adobo powder
  • 1 teaspoon sazon powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by prepping all ingredients for making meal. This takes about 30 to 45 minutes and is best done before you begin cooking. I like to have everything ready, cut up and measured out before I start cooking. It just makes life easier.
  2. Cut (cube) stew meat into 1-inch cubes (bite-size) and set aside.
  3. Cut celery and carrots into 1 1/2-inch pieces and set aside.
  4. Cut onion into 1/2-inch pieces and set aside.
  5. Dice garlic and set aside.
  6. Cut (cube) red potatoes into 1-inch pieces and set aside.
  7. Measure out beef broth, red wine, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Measure out herbs and spices and set aside (bay leaf, paprika, garlic powder, sazon and adobo powders, salt, and pepper).
  8. Let's get cooking: Poor a little olive oil (3 Tbsp) in a large cast-iron pot that can be transferred into the oven later. Add more olive oil as needed. (I use the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven 4.6 Quart because it's made well and distributes the heat evenly.)
  9. Take your cubed beef stew meat and lightly salt and pepper it. Then coat the pieces with flour on all sides.
  10. Heat pot on stovetop with olive oil and begin searing meat on all sides in batches. As the pieces get done, transfer them to a large bowl and do the next batch until all the pieces are done. About 2 to 3 minutes each batch.
  11. Once all the meat is seared and done, deglaze the pot with 1/2 cup of beef broth and 1/2 red wine, scraping all the little bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  12. After deglazing, add the chopped vegetables (onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic) to the pot and add the thyme and bay leaf. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring with your wooden spoon.
  13. Once all the vegetables are coated and cooked down a little, return the beef stew meat to the mixture and mix in the fire-roasted diced tomatoes, the rest of the red wine, and beef broth. Mix again.
  14. Once the mixture is mixed, sprinkle on the adobo, sazon, garlic, and paprika powders. mix well.
  15. Once everything is in the pot (except the potatoes), add enough water to cover the rest of the mixture (about 1-2 cups water). Bring temperature up to a boil for 1-2 minutes.
  16. Transfer covered pot to a 375-degree oven for 1 hour. After that time, add the red potatoes, mix, and cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  17. After 1 1/2 hours (total) in the oven, carefully remove the pot to the top of the stove and check the meat for tenderness. The meat should break-apart fork tender.
  18. At this time, check the liquid and add a little flour if needed to thicken the liquid. Remember it's "beef stew" not "beef soup." It should be thick and inviting like a warm fire on a cold winter's day.
  19. Serve hot with some nice fresh baked, buttered bread and enjoy. You're going to love this stew.

Photo Guide

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)