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Old-fashioned beef stew

🍳 20 min

🔥 1653 cal

✍️ by Taisiia Dobrozorova


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Old-fashioned beef stew

120 g


139 g


69 g



Beef stew is nothing but perfect when the weather gets cold. Apart from being fall and winter comfort food, beef stew is also a great source of protein and fiber. You only need one pot and not more than 20 minutes to prepare the dish, but keep in mind that you will need extra 2 hours for it to be fully cooked. As it doesn’t need much supervision, you can still go about your business while cooking the stew.

What is beef stew

Beef stew is a hot dish commonly served in autumn and winter. It is thicker than soup but more liquid than most meat dishes. The dish is very fragrant because of pre-fried meat, long simmering, and many spices that go well with it. 

How to make easy beef stew 

To make the cooking easier, buy beef broth and chopped stew meat. You don’t need much time to prepare all the ingredients, just make sure you can wait for the dish to be ready. You will need approximately 20 minutes for the preparation stage and 2 hours of cooking time. 

How to thicken beef stew

As traditional beef stew already contains fatty meat and starchy potatoes, there might be no need to thicken it. If still want to make it thicker, try adding mashed potatoes, flour, or corn starch. Make a slurry by mixing corn starch with warm water and gradually add the mixture to your stew. 

What goes in beef stew

You can buy already chopped stew meat or a piece of chuck. The old-fashioned beef stew contains flour and cornstarch so that it becomes really thick once it’s ready. Starchy vegetables such as white and sweet potatoes are a perfect choice for the dish. But you can also experiment with carrots, salary, mushrooms, spinach, kale, and countless seasonings. Don’t shy away from using spices and fried grees.

Old-fashioned beef stew Recipe

Essential ingredients

  • Beef

    500 g

  • Beef broth

    240 g (1 cup)

  • Potatoes

    750 g (6 pieces)

  • Carrots chopped

    140 g (1 cup)

  • Flour

    20 g (⅒ cup)

  • Olive oil

    15 g (3 tsp)

  • Mushrooms

    70 g (1 cup)

  • Corn starch

    16 g (2 tbsp)

Ingredients to taste

Onions chopped, Salt, Black pepper, Oregano, Parsley

How to make

Please follow the next steps:

  1. 1

    Chop the beef into 1-inch cubes. Skip this step if you bought stew beef.

  2. 2

    Put the beef in a bowl and add approximately 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, one tablespoon of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and some black pepper and minced garlic. Mix it.

  3. 3

    Put the mixture in the pot and add some olive oil. Cook it for a couple of minutes over medium heat.

  4. 4

    Pour the beef broth over it and cook over high heat until it boils. Then reduce the heat and simmer the meat for 1 hour.

  5. 5

    Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with water in a small bowl to prepare a slurry.

  6. 6

    Chop vegetables and greens.

  7. 7

    Add the vegetables, slurry, and seasonings to the pot. Simmer for around 30-40 minutes until the stew becomes thick.

  8. 8

    Add some fresh parsley when you serve the stew.

Weight Loss Tips

  • If you bought tough meat, do not despair, you can easily soften it. Place the meat on a dry, clean sheet, cover with salt and leave for one hour.

  • Beef broth is great for a diet. Its nutritional value per 100 grams is only about 4 calories, thus, 8 calories per cup!

  • Reduce the amount of starch and flour if you want to get a lighter meal. It will be not so thick, but will contain far more less carbs.

  • Cooking Method

    Frying, Simmering

  • Recipe category

    Lunch, Main dish, Meat

  • Recipe cuisine


  • Tools

    Pot, Knife, Cutting board, Bowl

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