Our Very Best Beef Stew Recipes
There’s no denying that comfort food just tastes better when it’s made from scratch, beef stew included. Whether you simmer it on the stovetop, make it in your slow cooker or whip up a batch in your Instant Pot (in a fraction of the time!), the combination of beef and hearty vegetables is always deliciously satisfying — and worth the effort.
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The Best Beef Stew
The deep flavors in our beef stew come from browning the chuck roast in batches and cooking the onions and garlic until they're sweet. Cooking low-and-slow in the oven allows the meat to become completely tender in its rich red wine-laced sauce. This is a great dish to make ahead as its complex flavors intensify overnight.
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Parker's Beef Stew
Ina marinates the beef in red wine overnight before adding it to her hearty beef stew. The result? A deep, rich flavor that's beyond compare.
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Instant Pot Beef Stew
This isn't your Grandma's beef stew: The Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one) makes this hearty dish a weeknight possibility. The whole dish comes together in just under an hour and a half — and with only 25 minutes of work.
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Beef and Okra Stew
Kardea gives this classic comfort food a simple twist by adding okra as one of the veggies. Its fresh, sweet flavor is the perfect complement to the rich, meatiness of the beef.
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Beef Stew with Root Vegetables
Ree's stick-to-your-ribs version of this classic dish is loaded with carrots, parsnips and turnips.
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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Yuca
Starchy yuca is the perfect stand-in for plain, old potatoes in this flavorful beef stew. It has a wonderfully nutty flavor that's right at home with the sweet butternut squash, savory beef and aromatic herbs.
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Ultimate Beef Stew
This beef stew is inspired by the takeout stews Ina and Jeffrey ate in their tent when they camped outside Paris in the spring and summer of 1971. “Over the years I learned a lot about what makes beef stew really delicious,” Ina says. “A nice red wine, short ribs instead of chuck. It’s a classic recipe, just done in a more modern way.”
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Burgundy Beef Stew
Ree uses red wine to de-glaze her pan after browning the beef. The wine helps loosen up all the flavorful bits in the bottom of the pan so that the final stew has a nice, meaty taste.
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Sunny's Easy Red-Eye Beef Stew
Strong coffee is the perfect addition to beef stew. It has a rich, nutty flavor that adds depth and toastiness to the broth.
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Slow Cooker Ginger Beef Stew
Allspice and ginger effortlessly create levels of flavor in this easy dinner that's loaded with tender chunks of stewed beef, potatoes and carrots.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Take the time up front to make a thick gravy and you'll love how rich and delicious it makes this slow-cooked stew. Even though the caraway is optional, we recommend giving it a try- it's a simple way to add something special to a classic.
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Fans call this 5-star dish "a robust and flavorful stew" and promise it's "delicious and easy". There's no doubt it's a classic — and worth making from scratch when the weather starts to get cold.
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