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Beef Stew Recipe (How to Make Beef Stew)

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.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 461kcal


  • 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.


Though it is tempting to speed up the cooking process, don't do it!  Really allow the beef to tenderize and the sauce to develop incredible flavors while thickening.  This also tastes even better the next day.


Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 717mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4060IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3.5mg