Learn How to Make Beef Stew the right way! With tender beef tenderloin, vegetables and an unbelievably rich and savory sauce flavored with spices, herbs and sensational essences. Serve with Corn Muffins for a comforting meal.
My favorite stew is truly a Classic Beef Stew recipe! I’m talking about that hearty, comforting stew that you fill a big bowl with and sit on the couch covered in a blanket while you eat. We’re talking juicy beef tenderloin pieces, fresh and tender carrots and potatoes that melt in your mouth! There is nothing better to me.
This beef stew is the traditional recipe I have always dreamed of! You’re going to want to keep this Classic Beef Stew recipe in rotation all Winter long!
This Beef Stew recipe has some incredibly rich and decadent ingredients which take the flavors over the top! In order to truly braise the meat in an incredibly well nuanced sauce, you will need some of the following ingredients:
- Bacon– Bacon adds some smokiness that, when combined with the beef, is incredible.
- Onion & Garlic– Aromatics like onion and garlic always heighten a dish, so they are truly necessary here!
- Beef Stock– Beef stock is preferred here, but beef broth, vegetable stock (or broth) and chicken stock (or broth) are also great options.
- Red Wine– Wine in cooking intensifies, enhances, and accents the flavor and aroma of food. The wine itself will evaporate while the stew is cooking, and only the flavor remains. I prefer using a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot but any red wine will work!
- Tomato Paste– this full-bodied paste is used to thicken the stew and add depth. If you don’t have any on hand, use 2-3 tablespoons of tomato puree or tomato sauce for every 1 tablespoon of paste. You might need to reduce the stew a bit more to accommodate the extra liquid.
- Balsamic Vinegar– The sweet, tanginess of balsamic, paired with this traditional recipe, makes for something truly special and elegant. No balsamic? Mix together 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and ½ teaspoon of granulated sugar for every tablespoon of balsamic. Balsamic vinaigrette can also work!
How to Make Beef Stew
Add oil to large pot over medium high heat. Next unwrap two packages of beef and add to hot pan. Liberally season with salt and pepper to taste.
Once beef is finished searing, remove from pan and place to the side.
Next add chopped onion and bacon to pan and brown.
Add garlic and only cook for 30 seconds.
Sprinkle in flour and stir together and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste then pour in beef stock, red wine and balsamic vinegar.
Next add potatoes, carrots and thyme sprigs and add back in beef and season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Once boiling turn stew down to medium low, cover and continue to cook until thickened and ready for about 1 1/2 hours.
Can You Make In the Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can easily make this Beef Stew in a crockpot, slow cooker or instant pot ! You will want to start by browning the beef tenderloins (either on HIGH or Saute setting). Once they are totally browned, add everything to your crock pot or slow cooker and cook for 8 hours.
How to Store Beef Stew
When you make a pot of stew, you’re guaranteed to have leftovers. There’s just no way around it. Luckily, beef stew stores and reheats very well! You can easily put the extras away and save them for a rainy day, pulling them back out when you’re ready. Store your beef stew in the fridge for a few days or put it away in the freezer to reheat later.
To refrigerate beef stew, let it cool completely, then place the stew in a sealing container (I use these whenever I store soup, they’re perfect for freezing or refrigerating) or cover it tightly and place it in the fridge. You can store stew this way for 3-5 days.
To freeze leftover stew, pour it into a freezer bag or a plastic container that seals well. Stew can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. I highly recommend using a permanent marker to date your container.
You’ve stored your stew away and now it’s time to pull it out! Leftover Beef Stew makes a super convenient dinner, quick lunch or even a cold winter night snack. To ensure that your stew retains its optimum flavor and texture, follow the reheating guide below.
Place your pre-portioned stew in a microwave-safe dish with a lid and reheat for 3 minutes. Stir the stew every 60 seconds. Stirring the stew will allow the stew to heat evenly rather than leaving areas over or undercooked.
In a small saucepan, simmer the stew over a low heat for 15-20 minutes. Stir often and be sure not to overcook. You may need to add some broth or water to allow appropriate moisture for your stew.
If you simply don’t care to mess with the microwave or stove, place your stew in a crockpot. Set it on the low setting and make sure that there is plenty of moisture in your stew to prevent burning. Add water or broth if needed.
Warm the stew in the crockpot on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Beef Stew Recipe (How to Make Beef Stew)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lbs beef tenderloin pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 slices bacon cut into pieces
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 1/2 cups beef stock
- 1 cup red wine
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 medium potatoes chopped
- 1 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 3 thyme sprigs
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Add oil to large pot over medium high heat. Next unwrap two packages of beef and add to hot pan. Liberally season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Once beef is finished searing, remove from pan and place to the side.
- Next add chopped onion and bacon to pan and brown.
- Add garlic and only cook for 30 seconds.
- Sprinkle in flour and stir together and cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in tomato paste then pour in beef stock, red wine and balsamic vinegar.
- Next add potatoes, carrots and thyme sprigs and add back in beef and season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling turn stew down to medium low, cover and continue to cook until thickened and ready for about 1 1/2 hours.