Nothing compares to the cozy comfort of classic Beef Stew. Tender morsels of beef practically melt in your mouth, and the combination of vegetables and beef infuse the dish with incredible flavor as they simmer together in a rich broth.

Beef is naturally juicy and adds so much flavor to dishes like our Chili Recipe, and of course Meatloaf. If you let it cook low and slow, it becomes wonderfully tender and so satisfying. All you need with this are soft Dinner Rolls and it’s a one-pot meal.

Beef Stew in a red pot

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The Best Beef Stew Recipe

Beef stew is a very hearty soup with a blend of beef and humble vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onion in a richly flavored wine and tomato broth. This hearty beef stew is every bit as good as its cousin, the famous beef bourguignon, and Lamb Stew. We love beef stew so much that we even have a Slow Cooker Beef Stew.

What is the secret to good stew? When the stew is slow-cooked, the beef becomes meltingly tender and full of flavor. We also love to add mushrooms and bacon which add a rich depth of flavor to make this the best beef stew we’ve ever tried.

Beef Stew Video

You can do this! Homemade stew takes some time to make because it needs to slow roast in the oven but it is simple to prepare. One bite and you’ll realize why this beef stew is one of our most popular recipes.

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Ingredients

These are the ingredients often used in beef stew. They aren’t overly complicated, but the flavors work together so well. P.S. You can make your stew thicker by adding more flour (see tips below).

  • Beef – you can use beef stew meat or cut up your own beef chuck roast or other well-marbled steaks.
  • Bacon – center cut is always my favorite cut of bacon. It adds a wonderful richness and a salty bite to the stew.
  • All-purpose flour – used to dredge the beef and to thicken if desired
  • Red wine – use a drinkable red wine and avoid anything labeled “cooking wine” (see below for our list of recommended wines for cooking)
  • Mushrooms – use brown or white mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • Carrots, Onions, and Garlic – the aromatics which release a fragrant aroma and add flavor when cooked
  • Tomato Paste – adds acidity to balance the broth
  • Beef Broth – you can use beef bone broth, beef stock, or even substitute with chicken stock
  • Bay leaves and thyme – these simple seasonings round out the flavors of the soup
  • Potatoes – new potatoes or fingerling potatoes make the soup look extra fancy but you can dice up and add waxy potatoes such as yukon gold or red potatoes.
Ingredients for making beef stew with beef, bacon, potatoes, red wine, beef stock

What is Stew Meat?

Beef stew meat is a great choice for your next meal – it’s made up of tender pieces of beef, ranging from filet mignon and prime rib to trimmings from steaks that may have been too large for their packages. I’ve even spotted pieces of filet mignon and prime rib in my packs! Not only is it reasonably priced, but it’s also incredibly versatile.

We love beef stew meat recipes such as Instant Pot Rice and Beef and Rice Soup. If you aren’t able to find stew meat, another good option is boneless beef chuck which you can buy and cut into bite-size pieces yourself.

The Best Red Wine for Cooking

The wine adds so much flavor to this classic beef stew. For most cooking, dry red wine is best. Avoid anything labeled “cooking wine.” A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t drink it, you should not cook with it. Some good red wine options include:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Savignon
  • Soft Red by Ste Chapelle (our favorite local brand)

How to Make Beef Stew

Here is a quick visual reference of how to make beef stew but be sure to watch the full video tutorial above and you’ll see just how easy this is to make Beef Stew.

  1. Brown the bacon in a large, oven-proof pot, then remove to a plate.
  2. Season beef in a separate bowl with salt and pepper then toss with flour. Sautee beef in 2 batches, adding more oil as needed.
  3. Add red wine and scrape to deglaze the pot. Add mushrooms and cook over medium heat 10 minutes.
  4. Sautee Vegetables – In a large skillet over medium/high heat, add oil, carrots, onions and garlic then sautee until softened. Stir in tomato paste and transfer the veggies to the pot.
  5. Combine and bake – Return Beef and bacon to the pot, add beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, and potatoes. Stir to combine and make sure the potatoes are submerged. COVER and bake at 325˚F for 1 hour and 45 min.
Step by step how to make beef stew

For a Healthier Stew: you can tilt the pot after it comes out of the oven to allow the liquid to pool to one side, then skim off any excess fat with a spoon.

Homemade beef stew photo tutorial collage

Pro Tip: Make sure to use a tight-fitting lid so you don’t lose too much steam while the pot is in the oven. We love cooking beef stew in a dutch oven since it has an ideal heavy lid.

How to Thicken Beef Stew?

Beef stew is not supposed to be gravy. Tossing the beef in flour and the natural starch from the potatoes will make the sauce slightly thicker than a typical soup base.

For a thicker stew with a more gravy-like consistency, melt 2 Tbsp butter and stir in 2 Tbsp flour to make a paste. Once the stew is out of the oven, place it on the stove, add the paste a little at a time (to reach desired consistency) then bring it back to a boil for a few minutes to thicken and cook the flour.

Saucy Beef stew up close with beef and vegetables

Can Beef Stew be Cooked on the Stovetop?

You can finish your stew on the stovetop instead of the oven. Be sure to use a heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven and keep it at a low simmer and stir occasionally to make sure you don’t scorch the bottom. It should take about 1 1/2 hours on the stovetop or until your beef reaches the desired tenderness.

To Serve

Since stew is a meal in itself, loaded with beef and vegetables in a rich broth so we love to serve it with simple sides:

Tender beef stew served garnished with parlsey

Now go forth and conquer this classic homemade beef stew! There’s nothing quite like curling up with a bowl of steamy, hearty stew in the colder months.

More Beef Recipes for Dinner:

Beef Stew Recipe

4.97 from 838 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Beef Stew in a red dutch oven
Every bit of this beef soup is infused with wonderful flavor from slow roasting in the oven. Pair with beef stew recipe with fresh bread or serve it over mashed potatoes. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people
  • 6 oz bacon, chopped into 1/4" strips
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, to sautee
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, (or beef chuck cut into 1″ pieces)
  • 2 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups good dry red wine
  • 1 lb mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ thick pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth , or beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 lb small potatoes, new potatoes, or fingerling, halved or quartered

Instructions

  • In a large, oven-proof pot, sauté bacon over medium heat until golden brown and fat is released. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a separate bowl.
  • While bacon is cooking, place beef in a large mixing bowl and season with 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Sprinkle beef with 1/4 cup flour and toss to combine and evenly coat beef. Transfer beef in 2 batches into the hot bacon fat and cook over med/high heat, until beef is browned (3 min per side). Add olive oil if needed. Transfer browned beef to the bowl with bacon.
  • Add 2 cups wine to the pot and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom to deglaze the pot. Add sliced mushrooms and simmer over medium heat about 10 min.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium/high heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add sliced carrots, diced onion, and 4 chopped garlic cloves, and saute 4 min. Add 1 Tbsp tomato paste and saute another minute. Transfer veggies to the soup pot.
  • Add 4 cups beef broth, 2 bay leaves, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Return beef and bacon to the pot then add potatoes.  Stir to combine and make sure potatoes are submerged in liquid. Cover with lid and bake at 325˚F oven for 1 hour and 45 min. 

Notes

For a healthier stew, you can tilt the pot after it comes out of the oven to allow the liquid to pool to one side, then skim off any excess fat.

Nutrition Per Serving

365kcal Calories21g Carbs35g Protein10g Fat2g Saturated Fat70mg Cholesterol1479mg Sodium1194mg Potassium3g Fiber3g Sugar5125IU Vitamin A16.1mg Vitamin C48mg Calcium3.6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Beef Stew Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
365
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
70
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
1479
mg
64
%
Potassium
 
1194
mg
34
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
35
g
70
%
Vitamin A
 
5125
IU
103
%
Vitamin C
 
16.1
mg
20
%
Calcium
 
48
mg
5
%
Iron
 
3.6
mg
20
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Stew, Beef Stew Recipe
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 365
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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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  • Maria
    May 23, 2024

    Excellent! Followed the recipe…no subs…..
    Great recipe thank you. Appreciate you and all your recipes

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2024

      Thank you, I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Karen
    May 21, 2024

    Always love your recipes. This one is perfectly Delicious! 💖

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2024

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Karen! I’m so happy you’re loving my recipes.

      Reply

  • Samantha schultz
    May 5, 2024

    Is there any way to reduce the oven cooking time for the recipe?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 6, 2024

      Hi Samantha, I haven’t experimented on that to advise.

      Reply

  • Don
    May 4, 2024

    This is best beef stew EVER! The center cut bacon, good dry red Cab. OMG! Stick with all her ingredients and you can’t go wrong! The only thing about following a recipe perfectly is I feel like I can’t take credit for it! But so wut!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 4, 2024

      It sounds like you found your new favorite, Don! That’s awesome!

      Reply

      • Don White
        May 10, 2024

        I have! I’ve learned a lot from you and use good wine and organic ingredients whenever I can. They definitely make a difference!

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 10, 2024

          Yes they do, I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes!

          Reply

  • Dmitriy Nikitin
    April 26, 2024

    Don’t really care for bacon in stew so I just omitted that. Recipe is extremely easy, hands off, and hearty. I added some frozen peas my second time making this to add a little more veggies to round it all off

    Reply

  • Joanie
    April 22, 2024

    Hi Natasha! I love mushrooms but my husband doesn’t. What could I use as a substitute?
    Thanks.

    Reply

    • Ed
      June 1, 2024

      This is my (and my family’s) absolute favorite beef stew recipe. I have made it several times and it comes out wonderful each time. Make sure to use a quality red wine, it makes a difference

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        June 1, 2024

        That’s so great! It so glad you found a favorite on my blog!

        Reply

  • Samantha
    April 19, 2024

    Do you have a instant pot directions for this? Or is there cooking times for an instant pot?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2024

      Hi Samantha! I do not. I have not tested this in an instant pot. Here is what one of my readers shared, “ I was able to do it in the instant pot for those who asked above. Cook it like the recipe calls for using the pot on sear. Add all the fluids and pressure cook just the meat for 20 minutes, then leave it for 10 minutes to naturally vent. Now add all the veggies after cooking like the recipe calls for and pressure cook for an additional 8 minutes and vent immediately once done. Hope this helps for those instant pot folks. The meat was super tasty and tender!”

      Reply

  • Paula Cousins
    April 19, 2024

    Easy to make and tastes delicious will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Paula!

      Reply

  • Ashley
    April 19, 2024

    Thank you for your amazing recipe. It’s the best stew I’ve ever had. I only made a couple adjustments. I added some celery and I only had a bakers potato on hand. I used a corn starch slurry to thicken it up. It was so super yummy

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Ashley! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Christine
    April 7, 2024

    Can you substitute red wine vinegar for the wine? Can’t wait to make this recipe, I’ve never made a successful batch of beef stew before so I’m excited!!!!!! Love your recipes so keep them coming, you do a fantastic job!!!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 7, 2024

      Hi Christine. They are not equivalent. You can omit the wine and use more broth in its place. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Heidi
    March 28, 2024

    Love your recipes! Love red Dutch oven pots too!! Thanks for sharing!! I’m in the midst of moving, so looking up recipes online! Love your red wine comment! If you can’t drink it, don’t bother cooking with it! So true! TY ❤️

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2024

      Hi Heidi! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

      • Rebecca
        April 11, 2024

        First, I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE your recipes!!! Everything is so easy and delicious to make!! 😍 In regards to this recipe, instead of cooking this in the oven, could I let it cook on the stove?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 11, 2024

          I’m so glad you loved it, Rebecca! Yes, you sure can. You can find my notes on this in the ‘Can Beef Stew be Cooked on the Stovetop?’ section of the recipe post. I hope this helps.

          Reply

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