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Dutch Oven Beef Stew

A classic dutch oven beef stew recipe is perfect for fall and winter weather. The smells from a good beef stew simmering all day on the stovetop is a smell I love throughout the colder months.

Stews are great when you are trying to use up a tougher cut of meat or if you just want that good old comfort food to warm you up.

Video – How to make beef stew

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 6 yukon potatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2.5 lbs chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Equipment

  • chef knife
  • dutch oven
  • cutting board

How to make beef stew

Making beef stew is so simple to do but it takes time to build flavor and to make the meat and vegetables tender. The time standing in front of the stove isn’t long at all but it needs a few hours to be able to simmer.

I always recommend prepping all of your ingredients before you start any recipe. You want to get your vegetables washed and cut, also trim and cut your meat.

1. Prep Vegetables

prepped ingredients for the stew

You want to dice your onions, chop your garlic. Wash and peel your carrots and then cut your carrots and celery to about an inch or an inch and a half. I like them a little bigger so that they don’t fall apart.

Yukon potatoes do not need to be peeled because the skins are thin and will break down while they simmer but you can if you would like.

You want to quarter your potatoes so that they are about bite-size. Bigger potatoes may need to be cut more.

2. Prep the chuck roast

prepping beef stew meat

You want to make sure to trim your chuck roast or whatever cut of meat you might be using. Now, you want to make sure to keep the fat on the beef. That is going to break down and add lots of flavor to the stew and help make the beef tender.

Sliver skin is what you want to trim off from your beef. It’s just like it sounds, silvery thin skin. Trim all of that off but be sure to leave all of the fat on there.

Cut into 1 1/2″ to 2″ pieces so that you have some nice good chunks in your stew. Sprinkle kosher salt liberally over all of the meat.

3. Brown the beef

browning the chuck roast

Browning the beef is a crucial step in making beef stew. This is going to add a ton of flavor! Heat up your pan until you can feel the heat with your hand held about a 1/2 inch over the pan.

Once it’s good and hot add your olive oil to the pan. To tell if your olive oil is hot enough to add in your beef, pick up your pan and move the oil around the pan.

If it’s moving around like water and has a sheen to it then you are good to go.

Add your beef into the pan one at a time so that you can make sure they aren’t all touching. This way they can cook more evenly and brown up. Move them around the pan browning each side.

Once they are all browned go ahead and add them into the dutch oven.

4. Sautee onions, garlic and tomatoes paste

sauté onions tomato paste and garlic

In the same pan that you’ve browned your beef in, you want to add in your onions and garlic and saute them. If you need to add in a little oil go ahead and do that.

Once your onions are looking good add in your tomato paste and add a little bit of salt.

You are going to cook this in with your onions but you want to be careful not to burn it. Stir it around the pan for a minute.

Now add in about 1 cup of red wine. This is going to deglaze the pan and help get all of the browning (AKA flavor), off the bottom of the pan and into the stew.

Once you have deglazed your pan add in about 1 cup of the beef stock and slowly add in your flour. This is going to help thicken the stew.

Make sure you add a little at a time so that it doesn’t clump up. Use a whisk to really incorporate all of the flour.

5. Add it all together

adding the rest of ingredients

Now we are going to add the sauce we just made into the stew pot that the browned beef is in. Pour the rest of the beef stock and the rest of the wine into the pot as well. Give it all a good mix.

Bring it to a boil uncovered for a couple of minutes and then go ahead and cover it, put it on low or simmer for an hour or so.

6. Add in other veggies

Adding the veggies

Now that the soup has been simmering for an hour or so, go ahead and add in your carrots, potatoes, and celery. Let these cook in the stew for about a 1/2 hour.

Taste to see if you need to add salt your stew once more before you serve it.

What kind of dutch oven to use

When cooking on the stovetop or in the oven then I recommend using a Dutch oven with an enamel coated cast iron. I use the Le Creuset dutch oven.

Yes, you can brown meat in your Dutch oven. You want to use a really good oil like olive oil and make sure pan is good and hot before you add the meat.

Leave the meat in one spot and don’t move it until it is not sticking to the bottom. When the meat releases then you move the meat to another side.

Yes you use an oil when your searing the meat. The better the quality of the oil the hotter that you can get the pan and this will help you sear the meat.

I recommend a high quality extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil.

I really think the best thing you can add to make a beef stew taste better is Worcestershire sauce. It really gives it an extra punch.

Another popular ingredient that brings out the flavor is a good red wine that changes the texture and taste of the sauce of the beef stew.

Dutch oven beef stew in a bowl

Dutch Oven Beef Stew (So Easy)

Bob
Hearty Beef Stew in a dutch oven recipe is easy to make and tastes amazing! Perfect comfort food for colder weather.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 663 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 6 Yukon potatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2.5 lbs chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Wash all of your vegetables. Peel your carrots. Cut the carrots and celery about 1.5-2 inches. Dice up the onions and mince your garlic. Quarter the unpeeled yukon potates.
  • Trim the chuck roast by cutting off and sliver skin found. Keep the fat on as that is going to create lots of flavor and help make the meat more tender after it's cooked and simmered. Cut up the beef into 2-inch cubes and salt liberally.
  • Heat up a frying pan on medium heat and add in your olive oil. Once your oil is good and hot go ahead and add your beef chunks to the pan.
    Allow the beef pieces to brown on all sides and then set them aside in the dutch oven.
  • Saute your onions and garlic in the same pan that you cooked your beef in. Once they are soft and somewhat translucent add in your tomato paste and stir it around the pan.
    You only want to cook it a little making sure that you don't burn it.
  • Add in a 1 cup or so of red wine to deglaze the pan and then add in about a 1 cup of beef broth. Slowly whisk in the flour making sure it does not clump up.
  • Combine that sauce with the cooked beef in the stew pot. Add in the rest of the wine and beef broth and mix it all together. Bring it to a boil uncovered for a few minutes.
  • Cover the stew pot and put the heat on low to simmer. Let it cook for about an hour.
  • After it has simmered for an hour, go ahead and add in your carrots, celery, and potatoes. Continue to simmer with the cover on for another 30 minutes or so.
  • Check the beef and vegetables to see if they are tender. Now it's ready to serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 663kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 43gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 835mgPotassium: 1750mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 6909IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 7mg
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