Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Beef Stew

This recipe has been handed down by several generations in my family. I am sharing it here simply because it’s SO good. :)


  • 3 large carrots, sliced in 1/4” chunks
  • 2 16 oz cans potatoes (not the way my nana made it but it’s all I had this week)
  • 1 4oz. can peas
  • 2 lbs. stew meat – this particular time, I left the chunks big.
  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

In a big pot, brown the onions in the olive oil.  Add the stew beef and brown it.  It does not have to be cooked through.  Add water to cover the beef (plus maybe an extra inch).  Bring to a boil, and then simmer for a few hours. There’s really no wrong way to do so, as long as the meat becomes tender.  Add the carrots midway through.   After about 2 hours of simmer, add the peas and carrots.   Bring back to a boil.

In a bowl, add 1/4 cup of flour and whisk a small amount of water into it until you’ve got a smooth mixture.  Slowly add this to the boiling stew – this will thicken your stew.  It’s really easy, and wonderfully YUMMY! :) 

As for spices –I add salt & pepper when I'm cooking the meat - but I leave this up to you and your preference. 

Also, with regards to the potatoes - this was the first time I used canned potatoes, and they actually came out very good in this - typically, using real potatoes, while good - tends to make the potatoes get kind of mushy.  These stay firm but meld well with the flavors of the vegetables and meat. :)



Chrissy said...

Mmm, it's definitely getting to be comfort food time. Thanks for the recipe! I love trying out new stews and soups - you can never have enough recipes. :-)

Valerie said...

Hi! your Beef Stew is so good! it is so easy to prepare and really yummy! I didn't add pepper as spice but I added salt. However, I used real potatoes and it indeed became a little mushy. Nonetheless, it's still delicious and my husband was impressed. Thank you for the recipe!

KentuckyGal said...

Where has your blog been all my life! :)

Doreen said...

Hey there. Your beef stew looks delicious! I actually made a beef stew in the crock pot yesterday and to cut calories, I used corn starch instead of flour and it came out amazing!