Beef stew is comfort food at its best – succulent beef, fork-tender vegetables, and rich, flavorful broth warms the belly and the soul. As cooler months approach, we want to take the footwork out of looking for what to make next with this collection of savory beef stew recipes.
What is Stew?
Few meals are as satisfying as a stew, often consisting of meat and vegetables slow-cooked in a gravy-like liquid. Like soup, stew comes together using different methods and flavors from all over the world.
Warm, hearty stews are the perfect meal. You can’t go wrong with a one-pot dish loaded with flavor. Like our pozole rojo, stews often consist of pork, and vegetarian stews like moong dal feature plant-based ingredients like lentils. And it’s no secret that a great-tasting chicken stew hits the spot; don’t believe me? Try kedjenou from the Ivory Coast or sudado de pollo from Colombia! But for this article, we are ALL ABOUT THAT BEEF.
While the recipes differ from place to place and person to person, the building blocks for beef stew recipes are often the same. The beef cooks with hearty vegetables or beans in a savory broth flavored with water, wine, beer, or tomato juice.
Tools You Need to Make These Recipes
- Dutch Oven: You can’t go wrong with investing in a high-quality Dutch oven. The one I use is from Lodge, but many prefer Le Creuset.
- Slow Cooker: I don’t use these as much as I used to (I was obsessed), but there is something nice and homey about dumping all your ingredients into a Crockpot and leaving it to cook for hours, as the tempting aroma circulates through the house.
- Instant Pot: As I mentioned, I was a diehard slow cooker, but then the Instant Pot came along; this handy kitchen gadget might be one of the most-used kitchen tools in our home.
Beef Stew Recipes
Whether you prefer a more classic approach or something lighter, you’re sure to find a beef stew recipe or two that will fit into your dinner rotation.
- 1. Rindsgulasch
- 2. Beef and Guinness Stew with Crispy Onions
- 3. Beef Carbonnade
- 4. Beef Nihari
- 5. Beef Cheek Ragu
- 6. Beef Shank Bulalo
- 7. Best Instant Pot Beef Stew
- 8. Chili Con Carne with Beans
- 9. Cuban Ropa Vieja
- 10. Dutch Oven Mediterranean Beef Stew
- 11. Beef Pares
- 12. Easy Beef Daube
- 13. Easy Beef Stroganoff
- 14. Instant Pot Irish Stew
- 15. Instant Pot Ground Beef Stew
- 16. Italian Beef Stew
- 17. Beef and Chickpea Stew
- 18. Beef Stew
- 19. Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew
- 20. Paya Soup
- 21. Beef Trinchado
- 22. Vietnamese Beef Stew
- 23. Vietnamese Beef Stew with Lemongrass
Thick cuts of tender beef simmers to perfection in a rich and flavorful gravy infused with traditional hot and sweet paprika and peppery caraway – this recipe is everything you expect from rindsgulasch; finish the meal with butter-infused egg noodles or mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort meal.
2. Beef and Guinness Stew with Crispy Onions
Rich, melt-in-the-mouth Beef and Guinness Stew is made with crisp ale and topped with crispy fried onions.
3. Beef Carbonnade
Beef, mustard, and onions slowly cook in beer to make tender, melt-in-you-mouth Beef Carbonnade Stew that you want to eat all year round!
4. Beef Nihari
Enjoy our easy nihari recipe made with succulent beef shanks and marrow bones spiced with homemade nihari masala to create a silky and flavorful broth to serve with the meat.
5. Beef Cheek Ragu
Deliciously cozy beef cheek ragu is rich, hearty, and packed with big, bold flavors. It features melt-in-your-mouth tender beef, simmered in a tomato sauce and served over fresh pappardelle pasta or creamy mashed potatoes.
6. Beef Shank Bulalo
Craving something hearty and warming that doesn’t require much prep time? Learn how to make easy Filipino beef bulalo made with beef shank.
7. Best Instant Pot Beef Stew
Instant Pot beef stew is the ultimate comfort meal; tender beef pressure cooks in an umami-rich broth resulting in a savory stew that’s ready in a little over an hour!
8. Chili Con Carne with Beans
Warm up with a heaping bowl of this savory, southwest-style chili con carne. Our authentic recipe is my take on an old classic with hearty beef chuck, black beans, and a satisfying combination of Arbol, guajillo, and chipotle en adobo.
10. Dutch Oven Mediterranean Beef Stew
This Mediterranean beef stew is the epitome of comfort food. With delicious flavors, it is a one-pot meal, with cubes of beef simmered until meltingly tender in a rich tomato sauce with fresh vegetables and herbs.
11. Beef Pares
Filipino beef pares features braised beef brisket simmered in a sweet, umami-rich sauce with fragrant star anise. Pair it with white or garlic fried rice and a light, savory broth.
12. Easy Beef Daube
Beef daube, or French beef stew, is an elegant yet familiar dish! Make it quickly and easily in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker!
13. Easy Beef Stroganoff
Tender beef and a creamy mushroom gravy come together for this easy beef stroganoff we serve over buttery egg noodles.
14. Instant Pot Irish Stew
Hearty Irish beef stew is easily made in the Instant Pot! Guinness adds a unique richness and depth of flavor that can’t be beat and the carrots, peas, mushrooms and potatoes make it filling and satisfying.
15. Instant Pot Ground Beef Stew
This Instant Pot ground beef stew with potatoes uses inexpensive ingredients for a hearty and delicious stew that will feed the whole family. This one-pot dish is super easy to make, so it’s great for busy weekdays.
16. Italian Beef Stew
Italian beef stew features comforting and delicious flavor; serve it with crusty bread or pasta- this stew is the perfect prep meal for any weeknight dinner.
17. Beef and Chickpea Stew
Beef and chickpea stew is layered with warm spices to capture the savory taste of Morocco. Fragrant spices highlight the hearty chuck roast, chickpeas, and carrots in our mouth-watering stew.
18. Beef Stew
Enjoy this classic and simple beef stew made with quality ingredients. When it comes to the classics, it’s all about technique.
19. Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Stew
Tender pieces of beef and sumptuous ale gravy are the building blocks for slow cooker beef and ale stew.
20. Paya Soup
Stew beef trotters to create our nutritious paya soup recipe, a delicious comfort food popular in Pakistan for its health benefits. For another variation, try mutton paya soup with goat trotters.
21. Beef Trinchado
Beef trinchado is a spicy beef stew and is popular at numerous Portuguese restaurants in South Africa. It’s a spicy stew made with peri peri chilies; serve it traditionally with fresh french fries.
22. Vietnamese Beef Stew
This Vietnamese beef stew is hearty and rich with authentic Vietnamese flavors like lemongrass, fish sauce, star anise, and five spice powder.
23. Vietnamese Beef Stew with Lemongrass
Fragrant Vietnamese beef stew with lemongrass, also called Bo Kho is hearty and flavorful; serve it with banh mi or noodles.
What to Serve with Beef Stew
Serve stew on its own or pour it over side dishes like mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, or mashed cauliflower to soak up all the tasty goodness of the broth. With tender beef stew recipes like those featured in this article, you also can’t go wrong with any of these sides.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s are the best cuts of beef to make stew?
The secret to making delicious stew is selecting the best cut of meat. Being honest, my answer to this question changes based on what stew I am preparing and what’s on sale. Before I tell you what I recommend, I’ll share what to avoid. You may feel tempted to buy pre-cut stew meat, don’t! If you want to make these beef stew recipes and end up with tender, juicy beef, take the time to cut the meat on your own; it’s worth it in the end.
Here are the cuts I recommend for stew:
• Chuck Roast
• Boneless Short Rib
• Beef Shank
• Sirloin Flap
In addition to cut, consider selecting collagen-rich meat with a good amount of marbling when you’re standing in front of the meat counter.
How do you make beef stew tender?
Preparing beef stew means setting aside the time for the beef to slow or pressure cook, allowing the collagen and fat to tenderize and render. Many factors can affect the meat’s tenderness; here are some variables to consider.
• Cut beef the same size to ensure it cooks evenly.
• Sear the beef to lock in the moisture.
• The cut of meat can impact the tenderness of the beef; for this reason, I recommend avoiding pre-cut stew meat. I have never had a good experience preparing it.
More Stew Recipes:
- Vegetarian Kimchi Jjjigae
- Instant Pot Pozole Rojo
- Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
- Beef and Barley Soup
- Instant Pot White Chicken Chili