Holiday Recipe Exchange: Beef Stew

Nothing hits the proverbial spot quite like a large pot of stew on a cold winter day.

For today’s Holiday Recipe Exchange, I thought I would share my delicious for Beef Stew. Trust me; comfort food doesn’t get any better than this!

I am really thrilled about this theme because I love to cook hearty soups, stews, casseroles in the winter months and I am a HUGE fan of Le Creuset. If you don’t own a Le Creuset French Oven, it’s definitely one of those kitchen essentials you should start saving for. Not only are they stunningly beautiful, but they’re made from enameled cast iron, which distributes heat slowly and evenly. After I received my first French Oven, I was smitten and continue to grow my collection; which I display on a shelving unit in my kitchen. Seriously, they are that pretty to look at!

This beef stew recipe is simple to prepare, but makes such an amazingly rich and comforting dinner that people will think you stood over the stove all afternoon making it. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the ingredients list, I’m betting you already have most of the items in your pantry and fridge! I truly hope that you and your family enjoy cozying up with a piping hot bowl of this beef stew. Serve it up with a fresh baked loaf of bread from the market and dinner couldn’t be any heartier or delicious!

Beef Stew

Yield: Serves 8


1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine
4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
4 cups water
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon A-1 steak sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cold water
2/3 cup frozen peas


1. Combine flour, garlic and onion powders into a bowl; mix until incorporated. Toss beef into the flour mixture until thoroughly coated.

2. In a large dutch oven, cook beef in heated oil over medium heat until nicely browned. Remove beef and set aside.

3. Deglaze pot with red wine, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Dissolve bouillon in water and pour into pot. Add in beef, rosemary, parsley and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.

4. Stir potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, Worcestershire, ketchup and A-1 Steak Sauce into the pot. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons cold water and stir into stew. Cover and simmer 1 hour more. Stir in frozen peas and continue cooking until peas are cooked through. Add salt to taste.

adapted from allrecipes

41 Responses to “Holiday Recipe Exchange: Beef Stew”

  1. Courtney — December 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Of course it won’t be in a Le Creuset. Hopefully it will turn out like yours :)


  2. Katrina — December 13, 2010 at 7:21 am

    This stew looks perfect! Great recipe.


  3. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

    the stew looks amazing…there’s nothing like a hearty bowl of soup to warm you up when it’s cold out :)


  4. SnoWhite — December 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Wow — I like the looks of that bowl of stew!


  5. Paula — December 13, 2010 at 11:16 am

    My husband walked by just as I was viewing the photos of your stew. He asked me to book mark this page because he said your stew looks delicious and we have to make it sometime. Thanks for posting…he’s right, your stew does look delicious :)


  6. Cheryl — December 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Yum, beef stew – mine is in the oven as we speak and I can’t wait for it! I can’t wait to try your’s!


  7. Emily — December 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I love your bowls and the stew looks amazing! I’m going to get crackin’ on a comfort food recipe!


  8. Kristen — December 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Looks comforting, indeed!


  9. bridget {bake at 350} — December 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    That looks so comforting!


  10. Barbara | Vino Luci Style — December 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I just made Beef Bourguignon on Friday and certainly think of it as comforting; heavenly comfort food!

    Yours looks fabulous! As soon as I post I’ll add it to your widget which I did not know this week was comfort food…great timing Jamie; thanks!


  11. foodwanderings — December 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    No kidding…I just got the same bowls from Anthropologie unless you got them elsewhere:) Love comforting beef stew!!


  12. Shaina — December 14, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Mmm. I could go for a bowl of beef stew right now. It’s freezing here.


  13. Michele — December 14, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious! We need it here in FL right now. It’s cooooold!


  14. Wenderly — December 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

    My stomach is literally growling while I’m reading this! This is the PREFECT stew for the frigid temps here today!!!


  15. Michelle — December 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

    There is nothing we enjoy more for a winter dinner than beef stew. Lovely photos! It looks delicious.


  16. Elizabeth — December 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Oh that looks divine! My printer is humming as I print this off and can’t wait to try it. I’ve never been all that fond of the beef stew recipe I have. I’m sure my beloved and I will be thanking you when we sit down to a bowl of this. :)


  17. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — December 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    It’s 20 degrees in NYC today…..I could not think of a more perfect dinner for tonight! Thanks for sharing.


  18. Medifast Coupons — December 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Just what I was looking for, thanks so much, can’t wait!
    We are getting yet another dump of snow and I really wanted to make something to stick to the ribs, your stew sounds like it is going to fit the bill.


  19. Alison — December 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Great recipe! The pictures are absolutely mouthwatering. Definitely have to try it sometime this weekend. It’s been freezing cold out!

    By the way, I’m having trouble accessing the page for the Kitchenaid stand mixer giveaway. Is it down? All I get is a white page with nothing on it.


  20. Kathleen — December 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I have a question …

    I see there are more than one entries from a blog,
    are we allowed to enter multiple?

    if so ………well alright!


  21. Selene — December 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I made this on Tuesday night and it was a hit. Thank you!


  22. Jim Fink — August 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Best. beef. stew. EVER. You are the cooking God! I love this website. I am a registered dietitian and I find myself bringing up your website on my cellphone to show to friends, relatives, and clients.


    • Jamie — August 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  23. ClassiclyAmber — September 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Our fam is getting ready to make this right now. Looks so yummy – can’t wait to chow down~!!


  24. April F. — March 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I’ve made this for the 2nd time tonight, it’s delicious! :) Thank you!


  25. Cheryl — January 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I was just wondering if you recommend a red wine. I’m not a red wine fan, so could use some help with a brand to put in the stew.


  26. Ann — March 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you, thank you! For once, a recipe worked for me : ) My husband absolutely love it! I will definitely make this again, and again : )


  27. Heather — October 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I just took out a bunch of elk meat! I think a batch of stew is in order for this weekend!!!! Thanks for sharing!


    • Jamie — October 28, 2013 at 10:39 am


      Sounds great! Stop back and let us know your experience with the recipe! Thank you so much for following MBA!


  28. Mary — January 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I made this recipe had it with english muffins, yumi yumi.


    • Jamie — January 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Mary!

  29. shanna — April 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Great recipe,reminds me of beef burgundy.


    • Jamie — April 16, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Shanna! I hope you enjoy it!


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