Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

5 stars based on 120 votes

beef stew

We had the best snow day last week…school was cancelled, work wasn’t happening and the only thing to do was hunker down in the house or go outside to play. With little kids, we didn’t have much choice, so we dug our saucers and sleds out of the garage, bundled up and invited friends over for a day of sledding. Not surprisingly, the boys (and I’m including husbands in this category) took charge of the fun, creating a luge-like course on a steep hill in our backyard and risking life and limb to see who could get to the bottom the fastest. When we finally came back inside, it was almost dark and everyone was starving. By chance, I’d made a big pot of this beef stew the day before so we warmed it up in the oven for an impromptu dinner party. Everyone agreed, it hit the spot.

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It’s a classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon. The meat is seared in olive oil first, then slowly braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth.  After a few hours in the oven, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce.

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It takes some time to make (about an hour of active cooking), but I promise you it’s well worth the effort. Aside from being delicious, it’s a one pot meal that feeds a crowd. You can also make it a day ahead—in fact, you should because the flavor improves the longer it sits.

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The most important thing is to start with the right cut of meat. You want to buy chuck roast that is well-marbled—that means it should have a good amount of white veins of fat running through it. Stay away from meat generically packaged as “stew meat,” especially if it looks lean. As someone who has fed an entire pot of leathery stew to her dog, I can guarantee you it will not get tender, no matter how long you cook it.

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The first step is to season the meat generously with salt and pepper and brown it in batches in a large, heavy pot. This caramelizes the meat, which adds depth and dimension to the stew.

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Next, add the onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar to the pot. The vinegar will loosen all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan and coat the onions and garlic.

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Add the tomato paste, then toss the beef back into the pan with the flour. Pour the wine, stock, water and spices over the meat, then cover with a lid and braise in the oven for two hours.

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Towards the end of cooking, add your carrots and potatoes (this prevents them from getting mushy)…

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Cook an hour more, until the vegetables are cooked and the meat is almost falling apart.

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Feel free to adapt the recipe to your liking. You can leave out the potatoes and serve it over buttered egg noodles, or toss in some frozen peas or sauteed mushrooms at the very end. Either way, serve it with a crusty bread to sop up all the sauce.

This is soul-satisfying comfort food for a cold night. Enjoy!



Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

Servings: 6
Total Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes


  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck (well-marbled), cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth (I like the Pacific organic brand)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into one-inch chunks on a diagonal
  • 1 pound small white boiling potatoes (baby yukons), cut in half
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F with rack in middle.
  2. Pat beef dry and season salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Brown meat in 3 batches, turning with tongs, about 5-8 minutes per batch, adding one tablespoon more oil for each batch. (To sear meat properly, do not crowd the pan and let meat develop brown crust before turning with tongs.) Transfer meat to a large plate and set aside.
  3. Add onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar; cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape brown bits from bottom of pan, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook a few minutes more. Add beef with juices back to pan and sprinkle with flour; stir with wooden spoon until flour is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Add wine, beef broth, water, bay leaf, thyme, and sugar; stir with wooden spoon to loosen any brown bits from bottom of pan and bring to a boil. Cover pot with lid, transfer to preheated oven and braise for 2 hours.
  4. Remove pot from oven and add carrots and potatoes. Cover and place back in oven for 50-60 minutes more, or until vegetables are cooked and meat is very tender. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of sugar go a long way). Let cool, then store in refrigerator overnight or until ready to serve. This stew improves in flavor if made at least 1 day ahead. Reheat, covered, over medium heat or in a 350°F oven. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 539
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 54g
  • Sodium: 1189mg
  • Cholesterol: 143mg

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    absolutely delicious. I made this stew once and I’m definitely going to make it again. My husband loved it. Thank you

    - Martina on July 2, 2015 Reply
  • I followed your recipe verbatim and it was the best beef stew I ever had!! My husband is the beef eater and I’m a chicken and shrimp girl,but I loved ever bit of it! The meat was so tender and delicious, thank you for this recipe it’s a keeper!!

    - shari on June 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    First time making this … was delicious we all loved it . Truly homely/warming/family food .served with warm home made bread went down a treat and is on next month’s menu .

    - Carmel Leonard on June 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love this stew – I’ve made it a bunch of times. It’s such an active recipe that pays off so well. The effort makes it takes all the better.

    - James Cooper on June 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    wow , your stew was awesome by far the best .thank you Jenn ,made this cold day a treat with the family .

    - anthony on June 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG this is the best casserole I’ve ever had. The recipe is spot on and was so easy ! Love it! thank you so so much!
    The best dinner for a cols winter night.

    - Grace on June 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OH My, this is absolutely awesome. I had a few minor changes due to product on hand. I had read where someone did not have wine, you advised they could substitute more beef broth. I did that. I did not have balsamic vinegar and used red wine vinegar I had on hand. This recipe is absolutely my to go to and never again beef stew packet. Thank you! :)

    - Candy on June 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dish is absolutely wonderful. We love stews, and we have had many versions but this is one of the best. Thank you.

    - Christopher Look on May 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    WOW is all I can say!!! Cold rainy day and looking for stew recipe. This one had 5 stars to decided to try it. Followed it exactly and OMG!!! Best stew I’ve ever had. Actually best broth bcuz good stew is all about the broth. 5+ Stars!!! Thanks much.

    - Sue Mac on May 16, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this yesterday and I could not believe how easy it was and how amazing it turned out. Simply delicious!

    - Tonisha Lail on May 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is wonderful! Comforting food…, delicious served on top of basmati rice. Your recipes are all easy to follow, love step by step pictures!

    - Maria Arguello on May 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the greatest cook and am not adventurous when it comes to cooking, so I’m always looking for recipes to guide me through the cooking process. This one was easy to follow and everyone loved it! It was full of flavor and was something that the meat lovers AND veggie lovers could enjoy. Along with this we had your Big Italian Salad. Both recipes were unbelievably good and something I will be serving again and again!! :)

    - Allison on May 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was the best beef stew that I have ever eaten…and I made it!! I followed the recipe exactly and kept the computer nearby to compare my progress to your pictures and the result was phenomenal! Although this was the first recipe I used from your site, it certainly hasn’t been the last…I’m just trying to get caught up with reviews. Your clear instructions, pictures, guides, etc. have elevated my cooking to another level. Thanks so much for sharing your gift with the rest of us!!

    - Shelly on May 13, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Forgot to add that while looking at my daughter’s carrot-less bowl, I told her that she should at least TRY the carrots (not her favorite) and she replied, “Mom, I’ve already eaten them all and am getting seconds!”

      - Shelly on May 13, 2015 Reply
  • Dear Jenn,

    I can’t describe how excited I am to be reading your recipe. My husband and I are gearing up for the Tasmanian winter and I’d love to cook a mean stew to keep us warm. I’m quite new to using the oven, I must say. Could you give me some tips on what kind of pot I should use to cook the stew and stuff it in the oven? What temperature should I set?

    - Gayathiri on May 10, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Gayathiri, A Dutch oven or oven-safe stainless steel pot will both work. The oven temp should be 325°F. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on May 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the BEST stew I have ever tasted in my entire life!!!! I could not believe how flavorful this stew is. I love stew over grits and this recipe is definitely a keeper for my family for many years to come. THANK YOU for sharing your recipe.

    - Yvette on May 3, 2015 Reply
  • It would be helpful to disclose the ‘sit over night’ instructions at the top of the page when stating will take 3.5 hrs to prep and cook. I was caught off guard and will need to eat it the same day. Hope it’s ok. But I know it will be wonderful for left overs tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing this nice recipe. Made my house smell like Julia Childs house.

    - Robyn on April 28, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Robyn, It is not necessary to let the stew sit overnight; the flavor simply improves if it does. It is perfectly delicious right out of the oven :)

      - Jenn on April 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is superbly good recipe for stew. Simple but very tasty. My daughter came back from college and asked me to make beef stew for her. I searched and found your recipe. I will never use other recipe. Thanks a lot.

    - Mike on April 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is absolutely THE BEST recipe I have ever tried for beef stew. I did not have balsamic vinegar on hand so I substituted red wine vinegar. Also thank you for the suggestion of using chuck roast instead of “stew beef” – that made all the difference and it is so tasty! I will never use another recipe for beef stew. Thank you!!!!

    - Brenda on April 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is an AMAZING stew! I’ve been trying a few different recipes and this is by far the best. My husband has informed me I will be making this often! I made this in my slow cooker which I can also put on the stovetop for those first few steps, however, I would go ahead and add the veggies with the liquids as mine still weren’t tender after 2 hours. I also used London Broil and it was incredibly tender.

    - Mimi on April 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thanks Jenn… This recipe was delicious, and very easy to prepare. The roast was so tender and I’d give the sauce 5 stars.
    Wonderful website!

    - Sherman on April 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This stew was just delicious – I’ve been making my own thrown together stew for years but this is by far the the richest tasting stew I’ve ever had. Even my fussy child loved it. Thank you!!

    - Cassandra Russell on April 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have finally at the age of 36 made delicious beef stew! This recipe is exceptional!! I made a few changes because I’m a micro manager. I used a single serve mini bottle of cabernet and a 14.5 ounce can of beef broth and about 13 ounces water. My gravy was thick and rich and plentiful. I added 2 big parsnips and no potatoes. Served over separate mashed potatoes. It was good enough for a fine restaurant. Oh I had no tomato paste so I used anchovy paste.

    - Cara on April 10, 2015 Reply
  • I really want to make this stew, I mean the reviews alone sell, but I only have beef stock not broth, will this make a difference?

    - Cindy on April 7, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Cindy, Beef stock will work just fine.

      - Jenn on April 8, 2015 Reply
  • Can it be made in a crockpot?

    - Joan on April 6, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Joan, It can but you’ll still need to go through all of the initial steps on the stovetop, so not sure it’s worth it.

      - Jenn on April 7, 2015 Reply
  • Can I freeze this dish

    - Alan rodgers on March 31, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, absolutely.

      - Jenn on April 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Amazing stew. I’ve made it twice now. The meat just falls apart in your mouth. Everyone I’ve made it for has raved about it.

    - Chris on March 29, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Great stew!

    - Cheryl jordan on March 27, 2015 Reply
  • Can you do this recipe stovetop? I don’t have a dutch oven. If it can be done, what adjustments should I make? Thank you very much!

    - Rosy on March 26, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Rosy, Yes, it can definitely be made on the stovetop. Just cover, keep the heat on low and stir every so often so the bottom doesn’t burn.

      - Jenn on March 27, 2015 Reply
      • Thanks for getting back to me so quickly Jenn! It’s greatly appreciated<
        Cannot wait to try your recipe!

        - Rosy on March 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent. Best I’ve ever made and will be my beef stew recipe going forward. I used burgundy because that is all I had and it still was wonderful.

    - Sandy on March 25, 2015 Reply
  • Looks like I’ve found the stew recipe I need for a dinner party this weekend. Only thing is, I know one of the guests isn’t a sage/rosemary fan. Will it ruin it to leave that out? Is there a substitution that doesn’t have as strong a taste?

    - Erica on March 24, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Erica, Do you mean the thyme? It’s fine to leave it out — will still be wonderful.

      - Jenn on March 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I searched a long time for a great beef stew recipe and finally found it. Your directions are easy to follow and this is a no fuss recipe. It cooks in the oven for 2 hours leaving time to get other things done. I did add a slurry of 1 Tbls., flour and 1/2 cup water when reheating to thicken the gravy a bit. Delicious recipe!

    - Sherry D. on March 23, 2015 Reply
  • Just wondering what I could substitute the red wine with?? (none on hand)…..

    - Luanne on March 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Luanne, It is really delicious when made with red wine, but you can replace it with more beef broth if necessary.

      - Jenn on March 24, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I substituted wine for cranberry juice after finding out I only had 1/4 of a cup of wine left (I used the little bit of wine still). It worked well for me.

      - Dee on April 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I cook a lot & really appreciate good food – This recipe was delicious! I made it exactly as stated except that I substituted half of the meat with some tenderized stew meat I had on hand. The roast pieces were definitely a bit tastier, but it was all amazing. I served it with homemade Rosemary bread. I’ll be making this every winter!! Thank you Jenn!

    - Stephanie on March 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    AMAZING. I know that other reviews as well as the recipe stated that this stew is even better left over, and I thought it was a dramatization, but WOW. New favorite recipe! Well worth the wait on the cook time. I added celery as well, which gave it a nice freshness. I did use prepackaged “stew meat” which had an okay marbling, and was concerned it might be tough but it wasn’t at all. The meat just melted, even more so a day later. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    - Jonelle on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    **So sorry I forgot to rate it, but you can probably guess I give it 10 stars!

    - Teri G. on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • Jennifer-this was THE best recipe I have come across in a while. I’ve never actually cared for stew but thought this looked so good I had to try it. My cast iron dutch oven wasn’t big enough to fit the last 2C of water so I cooked it without for the first 2 hours. I had to transfer it all to my crock-pot insert to finish with the vegetables and then added 1C of water. Is there a crock-pot version for this recipe that comes out just as good? Otherwise I’m not messing with perfections! Thanks for sharing this.

    - Teri G. on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I alternated the yukon baby golds for small red potatoes on this dish and I did not add any flour or sugar. This turned out to be a huge hit in the household! Even without thickening the sauce, it was absolutely delicious. I will be making this again toward the winter months for a hearty meal!

    - Veronica on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    If you have been searching for the best beef stew recipe, look no further! I have tried multiple recipies , most using a crock pot, and none can compare wtih this recipe which uses a Dutch Oven. The meat is so tender and the gravy is velvety- perfect for a hearty comfort filled dinner.

    - Jan Broniec on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • Absolutely the best stew recipe I have ever made, and I try different recipes all the time! Family loved it. This will be my turn to recipe for beef stew in the future.

    - Vickie on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • I used ground thyme vs. dried, by accident.
    It’s currently cooking in the oven.
    Is there anything I can add that will prevent the ground thyme from overpowering the dish?
    I followed your recipe exactly, except for this error.

    - Dee on March 18, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Dee, Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do but I really think it will okay.

      - Jenn on March 18, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I added a bit more beef broth, but you’re right, Jenn. It tasted really delicious!!
        Thanks for the awesome recipe.
        I would definitely make this again!

        - Dee on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • Can I omit the red wine, or should I double up on the beef broth?

    - JB on March 17, 2015 Reply
    • Hi JB, It’d be best to replace the red wine with beef broth.

      - Jenn on March 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is such a fabulous stew! I used boneless short ribs and added a cup of frozen peas at the end. I doubled the recipe and the darn sailors my husband was racing with came to dinner and ate it all, so no leftovers for me. :(

    - Kelly on March 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit! Thank you so much. This will definitely be a family favorite for years to come.

    - Kathryn on March 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love this recipe but I had to use deer meat ( venison) as we have lots from the hunting season here in Virginia…. The additional extra virgin olive oil gives it that something special that tenderizes even more! Not to mention dry red carbernet Sauvignon wine w beef broth…. God bless.

    - Barbara Ann Bleau on March 12, 2015 Reply
  • I have a very thick tri-tip steak that needs to be used. Would it be appropriate for this recipe?

    - JoanE Powers on March 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Joan, I always recommend chuck for stew — nothing gets as tender. Sorry!

      - Jenn on March 13, 2015 Reply
  • wondering what kind of pot you store this in in the fridge? Is cast iron ok to store it?

    - Jen on March 8, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jen, I would not store it in cast iron. Stainless steel or enamel will work.

      - Jenn on March 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this stew on Tuesday and we ate it on Thursday with some crusty bread. Definitely a keeper! So rich, wonderful flavor. I might add more carrots & potatoes next time cause my family loves them! I would probably add a little bit more of everything if I did add more veggies so as not to run out of liquid. Thank you for making this our go to recipe!

    - Kathleen on March 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best stew I have every tasted/cooked!!

    - Ken K on March 5, 2015 Reply
  • Just wondering is tomato paste the same as tomato puree?

    - Emer on February 28, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Emer, No, they are two different products.

      - Jenn on February 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is absolutely, hands down, the BEST beef stew my husband and I have ever had! We’ve tried so many recipes recently (cold weather= stew weather) and this one blows them all out of the water. I’ve made it 3 times in the past month and we are having it for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    - Melissa L. on February 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My new go-to stew. Loved it. No more package seasoning for me. (Used sirloin flap steak and it was so tender.)

    - Sue on February 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved the beef stew. I made it as the recipe stated, except I could not wait until the next day to eat it. My house smelled so good! My husband liked it as well.

    - Susie on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • I’m about to make this recipe and I don’t have beef broth,but I do have beef bouillon packets or chicken broth..any suggestions as to which one would be better to use?

    - Debbie Sullivan on February 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Debbie, The beef bouillon packets will work very well. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this about a week ago, had to use white wine instead of red and was out of tomato paste, so I substituted with puree. It was delicious! The meat was so tender and yummy and the veggies were just right. If I had to make any negative comments, it would just be that it was very thin. However, I attribute that to my use of puree instead of paste and my lack of appropriate cookware! I’m investing in a large Dutch oven in the very near future!

    - Colleen on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent! My spouse said its the best I’ve made (26 years) and the best he’s ever eaten. A defined do over. Well worth the time paying attention to the details. Many thanks for passing on this amazing recipe and the steps to make it properly. Perfect right out of the oven!

    - Debbie on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Terrific recipe, the stew came out flavorful, for once the sauce turned out rich and dense, instead of my usual watery let-down, will definitely use it again. Added mushrooms with the potatoes and carrots, next time will probably wait a half-hour. Hit the spot on a cold, snowy evening.

    - Roman on February 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn,

    I want to add string beans. Should I put those in the same time as the potatoes and carrots or wait a little longer? I have it braising now and it smells amazing!!! Can’t wait to eat this with my hubby!

    - Sara on February 20, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Sara, I realize I’m probably too late, but I would add them in towards the very end — they don’t need more than 10 min. to cook.

      - Jenn on February 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love the recipe

    Please help me with how much beef would be needed for a group of 50 to 60

    - Marilyn on February 20, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Marilyn, Wow…that is a lot of stew! You will need about 1/2 pound per person, so 25-30lbs of chuck.

      - Jenn on February 20, 2015 Reply
  • Can you use crock pot for this recipe?

    - Kelly on February 20, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Kelly, Yes you can, but you still need to go through all of the initial steps, such as searing the beef, on the stovetop.

      - Jenn on February 20, 2015 Reply
  • You should clarify what is meant by 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme. I used 1/2 teaspoon of the Dried ground Thyme and found it overpowering.
    Maybe you meant to say “dried Thyme Leaves”?
    The recipe call for too much red wine in my opinion also. In hindsight, 1-1/2 cups probably would have been enough.

    - Home Cook on February 19, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, dried thyme should be leaves not ground. Sorry for the confusion!

      - Jenn on February 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn,
    Fantastic Stew Recipe. The Balsamic Vinegar gives it that extra boost of flavor. I did add a cup of peas at the end. Wonderful! Thank You. A definite keeper recipe.Great for a wintry cold day. 5 stars/2 Thumbs up! ;-)

    - Michael W. on February 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello,thank you for this delecious recepie.made it for supper yesterday and it was one of the best stews i have ever cooked.

    - Denise Racine on February 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just wish to share that I made this recipe and packaged it for freezer meals for someone who is experiencing ill health. It turned out amazing and I am receiving amazing feedback!

    - Colleen on February 17, 2015 Reply
  • What kind of wine do you use?

    - Mary on February 17, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Mary, Any dry red (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, etc.) will work.

      - Jenn on February 17, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    I’m really excited to try out your recipe for this beef stew!

    The problem is that I do not have an oven. Would I be able to cook this over a stove under low heat?

    Looking forward to your advice! Thanks!

    - K.T on February 16, 2015 Reply
    • Hi K.T. It’s absolutely fine to make the stew on the stovetop — just keep the heat on low and stir every so often so the bottom doesn’t burn.

      - Jenn on February 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely love this recipe! I’ve made it many times to the delight of my family. It makes the whole house fragrant and we look forward to eating the whole time it’s cooking. I use a bit less beef (2 lbs) and onions (1/2 of a medium), while adding celery (3 stalks) and mushrooms (1/2 lb) to the mix. Definitely recommend this one to others.

    - Cami Carr on February 14, 2015 Reply
  • Hi! I am excited to try this recipe, but I don’t have a dutch oven. My only oven safe pot is not that thick, probably made of aluminum. Should I run out and buy a pot?

    - Debi on February 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Debi, You can cook it on the stovetop on low…just be sure to stir every so often so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.

      - Jenn on February 13, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Hi Jennifer, I ended up making it in the oven exactly as indicated in the recipe and it turned out amazing! Thank you!

      - Colleen on February 14, 2015 Reply
  • I noticed that you said this recipe would not work well with strip steaks. Would it also not work well with rib eye, which I just happen to have right now.

    - Carolyn on February 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Carolyn, That’s correct — rib eye is not a good cut for stew. Sorry!

      - Jenn on February 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I stumbled upon this recipe and am so glad I did. I made this last night for my family and was super pleased with the results. I used the recipe as a guide and made a few tweaks based upon what items I had on hand. I only used 1 lb of stew meat vs 3, used red wine vinegar vs balsamic and added more wine and more stock than called for. Again, it turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to make it again!

    - Jennifer on February 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This stew was absolutely delicious! The house smelled wonderful while the beef was braising. Followed the recipe exactly. Will be adding this recipe to my favorites! Thanks Jenn for another great recipe.

    - Tammy on February 11, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn, thank you for all the wonderful recipes! I always get rave reviews when I make anything from your site. Just a question, for your beef stew – would it be as good if I tried it in the slow cooker (after searing the beef etc, in a pot)?


    - Colleen on February 11, 2015 Reply
    • Thanks, Colleen. That is so nice to read :) The slow cooker will work, but the timing might be a bit tricky in terms of the vegetables.

      - Jenn on February 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was delicious!

    - Leah on February 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I make this soup often! Except I do a very low sodium version. It still tastes amazing and has a ton of flavor.

    - Taylor on February 9, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    WOW! My first time making stew. This was Delish! I was cooking for a dinner party of 6 and found your recipe. I didn’t have enough time to do it all the day of dinner so I seared the meat and braised the night before then refrigerated until the next afternoon. Was concerned there wasn’t enough spices so added a sprig of fresh rosemary before braising. Would have been great either way. The next day, I roasted my potatoes and carrots before adding them to the pot and back in oven for an hour at 325 to finish off. (BTW I doubled the recipe because I was expecting 8 but had only 6 – glad I did because the leftovers are great). I had never worked with chuck before and had to ask the grocery butcher to cut me a 6 lb roast. Hubby was concerned I was trimming off too much fat when cutting but it was plenty marbled and the meat melted in our mouths. I will definitely be trying more of your recipes. Thank you.

    - Michelle on February 9, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the BEST beef stew I’ve ever made and I’ve been cooking for a few decades. Thank you for sharing it. It’s simple and very flavorful. The chuck roast cubes do melt in your mouth.

    - Ramie Colvin on February 8, 2015 Reply
  • So here I am, in Central Massachusetts, waiting fo our latest foot of snow to fall…. And all I have for beef are some strip steaks from the freezer. Do you think this would be an acceptable substitute for the chuck? It has decent marbling, and I don’t drive in snow ( 23 years in South Florida has its disadvantages).

    - Megan on February 8, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Megan, I’m afraid I wouldn’t recommend strip steaks for stew. They won’t break down in the same way that a chuck roast does, and you’ll probably be left with chunks of tight, dry meat rather than meltingly tender beef. Sorry!

      - Jenn on February 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Beef stew recipe: best I ever made simple….yet such depth of flavor.

    - Nick M on February 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow! This is the best beef stew recipe ever. I replaced the tomato paste with 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes and reduced the beef broth by 1 cup. Also, I used regular stew meat since my grocery store selection is limited.

    - Joanne on February 6, 2015 Reply
  • What kind of dry wine?

    - sue on February 6, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Sue, Any dry red will work, such as Cabernet, Merlot, etc.

      - Jenn on February 6, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made the beef stew, it was excellent. I will definitely make again. My husband loved it and he is picky. Thank you for your great recipes.

    - Elaine on February 5, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this in my slow cooker and it was amazing. I followed all the steps up to adding the liquids and then transferred everything to the crockpot (on low) for 10 hours (had to run to work, so that worked better for me than the 2 hour braise). So delicious. I oven roasted the carrots and potatoes when I got home and added them the last 15 minutes of cooking. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. A new favorite!

    - Holly on February 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    All I can say is …Simple to make and Fantastic. Thanks so much,

    - George on February 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made beef stew many times in the last 40 years but this was the best I’ve ever made. Everyone in my family agreed that this recipe was a keeper. The beef was very tender, the vegetables were not mushy, and the gravy was rich and divine.

    - LuAnn on February 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m a beginner cook and decided to try this recipe after seeing all the excellent reviews. The stew came out beautifully, great taste, meat was melt in your mouth. I can’t wait to make it for my friends and family. Next time I brown the meat in three batches as advised instead of two as the smaller batch browned a lot better (I got lazy).
    Thanks for sharing Jenn and I look forward to trying your other recipes!

    - Stephanie on January 29, 2015 Reply
  • I don’t have tomato paste or beef broth , what do I do ??? Also I only have regular vinegar, is that ok?

    - dawn on January 28, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Dawn, You can replace the beef broth with chicken broth, vegetable broth or water; the tomato paste can be replaced with canned crushed tomatoes; and regular vinegar is fine.

      - Jenn on January 28, 2015 Reply
  • What’s the secret to reheating this, I always seem to overcook…

    - Sharon on January 28, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Sharon, I just simmer it on the stovetop until hot. It doesn’t take long so it doesn’t overcook.

      - Jenn on January 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The first time I always follow the recipe and I am so glad I did. Right after cooking I tasted it and thought I had just wasted my money BUT I put it away till the next day, WOW.I think there is a song that goes “what a difference a day makes” it is true
    My husband raised in lower Alabama back in the woods on soul country food said this French Stew was the best he had tasted. Good job on another education and recipe.

    - Rebecca on January 27, 2015 Reply
  • Can I make this beef stew recipe in a crock pot as well? If so, how would I alter it?


    - Aliza on January 27, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, but it’s still necessary to sear the beef on the stovetop and go through all the initial steps, so not sure it’s worth the trouble.

      - Jenn on January 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My Austrian wife said this was the best beef stew she’s ever HAD and Austrians know stew!

    - SK on January 26, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I did use a wee bit more thyme and also added half a teaspoon of Kashmiri Chilli powder for a smoky flavour and a bit of heat. Fantastic! I can’t wait for dinner tonight to reheat it! :-)

      - SK on January 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve been making beef bourguignon and stews since culinary school. This is the best I’ve made or tasted! Get well-marbled chuck whole and cut it yourself. I agree 100% with the author, if you can help it stay away from “stew meat”. Pricing should be pretty much the same as chuck especially if you cut it yourself. I used a dry Pinot Noir and was excellent. I also substituted sherry vinegar for the balsamic and just let it reduce. FYI I would be careful using “cheaper” balsamics as many have added sugars and color. Unless it’s authentic you’re better off using a “cleaner” higher quality vinegar, IMO.

    - Elvin on January 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfect and I have not even tasted it:-). Will do that tomorrow. Added some cumin to the spices, just bacause I love that spice.

    - Marten on January 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Amazingly good! I added smoked paprika. The house smelled wonderful! We could hardly wait to eat it. Thank you!

    - Kathy W on January 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best ever!

    - Vicky wade on January 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely the best. Even bought the Pacific organic broth. Weighed potatoes and let cool and reheated next day. Would not change a thing. Cost about $40 to make. Good wine. 5 stars!

    - Jim Laslie on January 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this today and it was absolutely amazing! ! I added chopped hot pepper for some kick and I used “stew meat” (I didn’t know what was advised above before I purchased it). It was VERY tender and I was pleased with the outcome. I will continue to use stew meat for this recipe.

    - Deanna Johnson on January 19, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I also used Carrefor’s packaged fresh stew meat and it was incredibly tender and took on so much rich flavor!

      - SK on January 26, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        But to be fair, their stew meat was nicely marbeled

        - SK on January 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made the stew last night, taste awesome, just what we wanted. I must have added more potato/carrots then called for, because I don’t have enough of the soup/stew. So it is on the dry side, do you have a suggest to add more?

    - Susan on January 18, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Susan, You can add a little beef broth to increase the liquid in the stew.

      - Jenn on January 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    That stew was everything! I didn’t even let it cook as long as was recommended and I didn’t have the red wine but it was delicious! What winter stews are supposed to be. Thanks, Jen!

    - Schenley on January 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best. Stew. Ever.

    great idea leaving the veggies to the last hour of cooking.

    - mary c on January 14, 2015 Reply
  • Which temperature for fan assisted oven?
    Thank you

    - Andrea on January 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Andrea, 300°F should work.

      - Jenn on January 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is by far the best beef bourguignon recipe on the internet (in my opinion). So amazingly good! The only thing I did differently was add mushrooms but other than that I followed the recipe to the letter and I will continue to do so!!!

    - Monika on January 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m not really a cook but I admire the concept. I was in the mood to cook and I decided on a beef stew. I googled beef stew recipes and found this site. I am glad that I did because my beef stew came out really good — with great flavor. I used red potatoes (love them!!), and threw in some frozen sweet peas. I had to cook a little longer than the recipe described because my carrots were still a bit crunchy. This did not affect the overall dish in the least bit.
    I followed the advice of Jenn and saved the dish for the next day — yummy. I will definitely use this recipe again, next time I may add frozen corn in the mix. Thanks for sharing…..

    P.S. I’m glad the sauce/gravy wasn’t thin like a soup consistency. The thickness was just right; at least for me.

    - Janell on January 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I cook all the time but have never left a review for a recipe. I had too, this is incredible! I threw everything in the slow cooker (crockpot) all at once, omitted the oil and added celery. It took around 5 hours to reach perfection on a ‘high’ setting. So easy and delicious, thank you!

    - Joelle on January 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi, Joelle. When you used the slow cooker, did you add the veggies (potatoes and carrots) as well? Did you also brown the meat first? I’d like to give this a try on a slow cooker like what you did. Thanks!

      - Angelica on January 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Amazing recipe. This stew was so rich in color and flavor. Definitely my new Sunday go to. Very easy to prepare and immense flavor.

    - Chuck on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was super tasty. The flavors were very rich and complex, yet this was easy to prepare. Thanks for my new go-to beef stew recipe!

    - Hannah on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I just finished making this beef stew, and I agree with the crowd…it is delicious! I could not wait to let it sit, which I imagine will only improve the flavor. I did not have beef stock or tomato paste in the house, so used chicken broth and some crushed tomatoes. I can only imagine how aromatic and flavorful the orginal recipe would be, but the substitutions worked well. I cooked it on top of the stove and it worked well.

    - Merril on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    In our home, if a recipe is great we consider it “company worthy” and if it’s excellent it’s “restaurant worthy”. We are trying to figure a new category for Jenn’s beef stew. Superb…maybe “royalty worthy”. Thank you Jenn for this wonderful recipe!

    - Suzie DeMarco on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • Do you think that I could use chicken broth in place of beef broth? Thanks.

    - Merril on January 11, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Merril, Sure, that’s fine.

      - Jenn on January 11, 2015 Reply
    • I wonder if vegetable broth might be better
      and add more flavor than chicken broth?

      - Lori Lorenz on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the best beef stew I have ever made! Thank you so much for your recipes.

    - Erin Curtiss on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • What temperature in the oven??

    - Marianna on January 10, 2015 Reply
    • 325°F

      - Jenn on January 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    this stew was amazing the only thing i disagree on is the the serving count in my house it was only good enough for two, lucky me only two of us at home that wanted beef stew but yet it was awesome

    - lito on January 9, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hey. This I’m interested in trying your recipe but I’m a little confused on the directions.

    Is this a stove top recipe? I saw you said braise in the oven but the pictures are all stovetop.

    Do I take the meat out of the pot after i brown it?

    If this is not a stovetop recipe do you any suggestions on how to alter it to make it one.

    Sorry for all the questions, I’m a new cook

    - Amber on January 9, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Amber, The whole pot goes into the oven to cook after the liquid ingredients are added, so be sure to use an oven-safe pot.

      - Jenn on January 9, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious. Best stew yet. Followed the recipe and used cooking wine and of course worked just fine. I also used 4 cups of beef stock instead of the water/stock combination. Tastes great.

    - mary on January 9, 2015 Reply
  • Could this be done up to the last hour, chilled or frozen, then added to a slow cooker with the fresh veggies on low for 4-6 hours?

    I am trying to get good use out of my slow cooker this year!!

    - Jill on January 8, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jill, I do think that would work, but it might be more trouble than it’s worth :)

      - Jenn on January 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This stew was excellent! I think it was the best stew I have ever made. Thank-you so much for sharing!

    - Shawna on January 8, 2015 Reply
  • I made this tonight in my new Staub French oven( on sale from Henckels last week)
    This was by far the best stew I’ve ever made! I usually brown bacon or salt pork which is traditional French but am happy not to have the added fat in your recipe. I also added sautéed mushrooms in butter and olive oil for extra richness. My husband and chief sampler can’t wait for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks.

    - joan on January 7, 2015 Reply
  • I have not made this yet, but it looks delicious!
    Do you have nutrition information for this recipe?
    ie, serving size, calories, fat, sugar, carbs


    - Katrina on January 6, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Katrina, The nutritional data is posted underneath the recipe. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on January 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was very tasty. My only suggestion would be to check the veggies to make sure they are cooked. I added extra veggies so mine were aldente when we sat down to dinner. Never crossed my mind to check them.

    - Cindy Martin on January 5, 2015 Reply
  • I am allergic to the acid in tomatoes. Can I leave the tomato paste out of the beef stew? Often I use puree of roasted red peppers in lieu if tomst I esn and if needed could u add it here.

    - Marcia on January 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Marcia, I think the roasted red pepper purée would work well as a substitute.

      - Jenn on January 5, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made it for my family tonight. Delicious! The aroma that filled the house while it was cooking was amazing. I did add frozen peas along with the potatoes and carrots the last hour. It’s a keeper receipe!!

    - Susan M on January 4, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love your beef stew recipe. Does it make any difference in the results if the stew is simmered on the cook tip rather than in the oven? Thank you.

    - Joyce on January 4, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Joyce, Either way is fine but if you make it on the stovetop, give it a stir from time to time so the bottom doesn’t burn.

      - Jenn on January 4, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this stew last night. I cannot tell you the aroma that filled my kitchen as it was in the oven. It was heavenly I made this recipe based on the wonderful reviews it received. The recipe was very easy to follow and fun to cook. I was able to use an antique dutch oven my mom gave me for the first time adding to the happy feeling I cannot wait for lunch today!

    - Patty Vandergriff on January 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I know you’ve heard it thousands of times, but, I love this recipe! I have made it several times over the past couple years, including yesterday. So good! Thanks, Jenn.

    - tsheets on January 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the best stew I have every had! I will definitely be making it again!!

    - Kerry on January 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Stumbled onto this recipe while looking for a new stew to try. All I can say is this. Not only was easy to make, it was full of flavor and was a perfect fill for a first of many cold winter nights. I recommend this recipe to all. Bravo!

    - Tory Schwartz on December 29, 2014 Reply
  • what kind of wine did you use?

    - Carmen Beauvoir on December 29, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Carmen, I believe it was Merlot but any dry red is fine.

      - Jenn on December 29, 2014 Reply
  • I plan on making this Wednesday to serve Thursday. I also want to serve it Saturday. Should I do two separate batches, or would it still be good to serve 3 days later?

    - carolyn waple on December 23, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Carolyn, Beef stew keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days, so you should be fine to do one batch.

      - Jenn on December 24, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    This recipe is excellent, I made it last night and it tastes amazing, the only reservation I have is its consistentcy is more like a soup rather than a stew.

    - Ryan on December 21, 2014 Reply
  • Suggestions welcome for doing this in crock pot? (My ovens are going to be busy
    Today doing many of your cookie recipes!)

    - Louise on December 20, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Louise, You can make it on the stovetop; just keep it on low and stir every so often. You could also do it in a crockpot but you’d still need to sear the meat on the stovetop first.

      - Jenn on December 20, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was a hit in my house. Rich, flavorful and truly hit the spot after searching high and low for a good winter meal. We are all tuckered out watching a movie in the living room with full bellies. Five stars from us!

    - Rachel on December 18, 2014 Reply
  • This recipe sounds delicious. I would love to try it. However, is there anything I can use to substitute the wine, or eliminate from the recipe? Thank-you kindly for sharing!

    - Aminah on December 17, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Aminah, You could replace the wine with more beef stock or try unsweetened pomegranate juice.

      - Jenn on December 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This stew is DELICIOUS!! I made it as printed with the addition of two stalks of celery. I served it to company and they raved about it. The leftovers today were wonderful. Thank you!

    - Eileen on December 14, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made the beef stew with carrots and potatoes yesterday and it was delish. Can’t wait for lunch time to have left over!

    - Meds on December 14, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Amazing. I cooked this using a pound and a half of Chuck meat (as that is all I had) and scaled down the liquids a little but otherwise followed the recipe exactly as written. I am eating this as I write and it is a big hit with my family. Absolutely delicious.

    - T.A. on December 12, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delish! Made as directed but added3 stalks celery and 1.25 lbs meat. Love this recipe!

    - Julie on December 7, 2014 Reply
  • Hi. My husband likes more of a red sauce than a brown one. Can I add tomato sauce to this recipe? If so, what should I eliminate?
    Thank you.

    - Rosemary on December 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Rosemary, I would eliminate some of the wine if you want to add some tomato sauce.

      - Jenn on December 7, 2014 Reply
  • hi
    could i make this in a crockpot?
    thank u so much!

    - smita on December 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Smita, Yes but you’ll still need to sear the meat on the stovetop first.

      - Jenn on December 8, 2014 Reply
      • thanks Jenn! how long would you cook for in crockpot? 8 hrs on low?
        assuming same quantities as your recipe.
        I’d sear meat on stove first and then do all other steps directly in crockpot.
        thanks again for your help!

        - smita on December 8, 2014 Reply
        • Hi Smita, I don’t have a lot of experience with slow cookers but that sounds about right.

          - Jenn on December 8, 2014 Reply
          • I made it in slow cooker yesterday, it was the best beef stew i ever had. I followed recipe except 1 mixed 1/4 cup flour in 1/4 cup of water and added it 30 min before end time. Fantastic. Thank you

            - Johanne on December 10, 2014
  • What kind of pot do you recommend using? I imagine it has to be suitable for stovetop and oven – what do you recommend? Can a crockpot pot go on the stove? If not, could you use a crockpot at the end instead of tranferring to the oven? Thanks!

    - Tasha on December 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Tasha, I recommend a Dutch oven or oven-safe stainless steel pot.

      - Jenn on December 8, 2014 Reply
  • Can I forgo the oven and cook on the stove top?

    - Charlie Bailey on December 4, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Charlie, Yes, that’s absolutely fine; just stir every so often.

      - Jenn on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for a great recipe. I always question what I should serve my guests who arrive from out of town the day before a big holiday like Thanksgiving. This year I chose your beef stew recipe. I prepared the recipe exactly as written using a Malbec wine. For the first time ever I cut up the beef chuck myself instead of using pre-cut beef. It was easy to do, and I will do so from now on. Every one enjoyed the meal. My favorite part is that it was a long cooking, one pot meal. The beef was tender and flavorful. I cooked it in the morning and reheated it on the stove at dinner time. I love that I can always trust your recipes!

    - Tonya C. on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Definite 5 star dish! I have made this on two occasions and the dish was a BIG HIT! My husband said that this was one of the best dishes I ever made for him and my parents thought it was absolutely delicious. It is time consuming…but 100% worth it. I happened upon your website because I was looking for a beef stew recipe. Your beef stew recipe caught my eye because it did no have a zillion ingredients and I loved your “snow day” blog. Gave me a a really warm feelin. Plus the picture of the stew sold me!
    I started with this recipe and I have since tried the peruvian chicken, shrimp tacos, orange cranberry loaf..all were big hits. I am fairly new to cooking and I find your recipes easy to follow and love the step by step pictures. I look forward to getting your emails and to trying more recipes. You are my go to recipe website. Thanks for making it easy and delicious!

    - Lisa on December 3, 2014 Reply
    • Thank you, Lisa. So glad you are enjoying the recipes!

      - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • We don’t drink alcohol, what can you replace wine with?

    - Teresa on December 3, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Teresa, Just use more beef broth; should be fine.

      - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I also find that using Worcestershire sauce replaces wine in flavour quite well. I also make dumplings from scratch with this. This is definitely the best beef stew recipe I’ve ever made.

        - Kelly Rolanty on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a really good recipe. The broth is fantastic. I might add more potatoes and carrots next time, or cook them on the side, because you don’t want to waste a drop! Thanks for this! (Oh, and it’s relatively easy to make).

    - Martha Leibs on November 29, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hey, I found out I have some spare saffron in the fridge, do you think it’s appropriate to add to the stew or will it be too overpowering?

    - dion on November 28, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Dion, I wouldn’t add saffron to this stew. It would be better in lighter fish or chicken dish, like bouillabaise or paella.

      - Jenn on November 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have never had good luck with making stew, until now! Just served this with my teen-age kids and hubby LOVING IT! A few things I did differently, I used fresh thyme and rosemary and added a pound of cubed butternut squash. Served over rice. I think the biggest difference is the type of meat to use. I made sure I bought the recommended chuck roast – HUGE HIT in my household. Thanks so much Jenn!

    - Jules on November 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! I’ve just finished preparing it and am waiting for the vegetables to cook now.
    It came out wonderfully. Just wanted to say thanks.

    - Liz on November 6, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is in the oven as we speak and it smells AMAZING. I’m not a big stew person, but my husband has asked three times what we’re having for dinner and looks more pleased each time. Looking forward to the first bite!

    - Karin on November 1, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The best beef stew I have ever made, or have ever tasted. It is worth the time and effort. Thank you.

    - Anonymous on November 1, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jen,
    This is the best beef stew recipe ever!!! Thank you. I’m a BIG fan of yours now.

    - Lucy Conway on October 12, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this the first time a couple of months ago, and my husband has been begging for it since. I had a rare full day at home today dealing with repairmen, so I am taking the time to make it again. I can’t tell you how good this very comforting on a cool day. And this kind of cooking just makes my soul happy. One says this recipe serves six, but that is only true if 5 of them are my husband :-D

    - Lori Lorenz on September 25, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jen !

    I replaced the wine with beef stock, added a bit more pepper , and it turned out amazing! Thanks!

    - Nat on September 22, 2014 Reply
  • In what type of dish do I put it in the oven? Or it doesn’t matter.
    Can’t wait to make it. Sound yummy..

    - Carmen on September 20, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Carmen, I would use a Dutch oven or large oven-proof soup pot with a lid.

      - Jenn on September 21, 2014 Reply
  • hi trying this recipe for the first time and using a subtle red blend a tad sweet but reasonably dry was wondering if the sweetness of the wine will throw the flavor off

    - chris on September 11, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Chris, No worries, I think a red blend will be perfect. I have used many different varietals for this recipe and it always turns out :)

      - Jenn on September 11, 2014 Reply
  • Jenn, have you noticed that some other source is using your review section to comment on something other than your recipe?
    Your beef stew reviews have those unrelated comments.

    - Karen on August 26, 2014 Reply
    • Thanks so much for letting me know about the spam, Karen; I went in and removed those comments.

      - Jenn on August 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this Beef Stew for my family today and it was absolutely delicious. No fancy ingredients; just honest-to-goodness comfort. Thank you, Jenn!

    - Ruth-Anne Boyd on July 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What’s not to like about stew?

    I tried this recipe as it is, with the addition of turnips just to get a rise out my family. (We don’t eat a lot of turnips, but hey, it went well!)

    Use real roast that you cube yourself – – I agree that’s the key to tender chunks of meat….that and low and slow long cooking. I expect, this would work well in a croc pot, (after searing/browning the meat initially) but I’ve not tried it yet.

    Funny note – I’m not much of a wine-o. Grabbed random red wine of the shelf—-turns out I grabbed a Christmas-y spiced wine—cinnamon, the whole bit. I didn’t taste it before using. . ., but took a glug after it was in the oven. “Oh well! It’s in there now!”

    So, it turned out a little sweet, but still great technique and easy recipe to follow. I’ll continue to add the veggies in last hour so they don’t go to mush.

    - Jason G on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This beef stew recipe has become my favorite. I made it for a freezer meal exchange and it received top reviews.
    I cut the beef into small chunks and realized after baking, that I should have made them larger. They fell apart. It certainly didn’t change the flavor, just the appearance. This is a recipe fit for company served with noodles and pop overs.

    - karen on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Aside from browning the beef (which is the only time consuming part) this is simple to make. The directions (esp. an explanation on choosing the right meat) and pictures are extremely helpful! My sister tasted this recipe and said it was “restaurant quality” stew. A five star restaurant, that is.

    - Mary on July 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this a couple months ago and came back today to add ingredients to my shopping list. This stew was perfect seasoned and had a good balance of sauce to vegetables and meat. I’m looking forward to more of it later this week! Thanks, Jenn, for the great recipe.

    - Christine on June 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made it today and it turned out so delicious. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of the world.

    I did replace the balsamic vinegar with worcestershire sauce as I had no vinegar in the pantry but it still tasted gold.

    I will definitely be checking more of your dishes out when I cook.

    - Juway Bhalla on June 10, 2014 Reply
  • Hi,
    Can i cook this in a pressure cooker?and is it okay if i leave out the balsamic vinegar?or what’s the substitute for that.
    If I want to add mushrooms,when should I put it?
    Thanks. Looking forward to make this

    - Aileen on May 25, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Aileen, Yes it’s fine to use a pressure cooker; just be sure to sear the meat first as the recipe indicates. It’s fine to leave out the balsamic and I’d sauté the mushrooms separately and add them at the very end.

      - Jenn on June 2, 2014 Reply
  • This is the tastiest stew in the world! i found it through “yummly” and am so glad I did.
    We skipped the wine as we never seem to have around when we make this, but replaced it with more beef stock and water, also just keep it on the hob simmering rather than putting it in the oven.
    It tastes amazing! Worth the many hour wait!
    Will be trying your other recipes soon :)
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    - Dana on May 4, 2014 Reply
  • Very Good my Hats of, :) THANK YOU CHEF :) my dinner guess LOVE the beef stew I am from Trinidad & Tobago and we enjoy eating from the pot with the Bread lol my dinner guess they did not want to share with each other lol thank you chef for sharing your recipes.

    - kathy Cooper on April 26, 2014 Reply
  • I made this stew exactly as is and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much.

    - Cathy on April 24, 2014 Reply
  • Jenn, as per your suggestion, I simmered the stew on the stovetop. It came out great! My family loved it and the leftovers were even better. A loaf of french baguette helped to scoop up the gravy. This was a big hit and I will be making it again.

    - Lori on March 25, 2014 Reply
  • Im so excited to try this!!

    - Rae on March 17, 2014 Reply
  • I was looking for a beef stew recipe and was inspired by all the comments, so I tried this one. It is absolutely DELICIOUS!! I made it exactly as posted. Thank you, Jenn! I’m happy I found your blog and very much look forward to trying more of your recipes. (PS Thank you for describing what type of meat to get. This has always baffled me.)

    - michelle on March 16, 2014 Reply
    • You’re welcome, Michelle. So glad you enjoyed it!

      - Jenn on March 16, 2014 Reply
  • Made this the other night and it was EXCELLENT! Easy and better than my usual beef stew. This is now my go-to-recipe. Thanks!

    - Dee on March 1, 2014 Reply
  • Has anyone done this in a crockpot? Any suggestions would be great!

    - Denise on February 23, 2014 Reply
    • I just saw the last comment! Never mind :)

      - Denise on February 23, 2014 Reply
  • can you t me how to do this in a slow cooker?

    - Mary Cook on February 13, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Mary, I’d advise making the recipe as directed for the best results but if you want to try it in a slow cooker, it will work. Just be sure to brown the meat before adding it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients. Cooking time should be about 8 hours but can’t say for sure since I’ve never tried it. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on February 13, 2014 Reply
  • Now this is the closest to what we Hungarians call Gulyas!!!!

    - Emese on February 12, 2014 Reply
  • Such a fantastic recipe. I’m 18 and wanted to cook something different for my dad and he loved it! Thank you!!! :)

    - Marissa on February 12, 2014 Reply
  • Dear Jenn,
    This is a truly delicious recipe – it is the best beef stew I have ever made! I usually use an enamelled cast iron dutch oven and am wondering how to adapt this recipe for a large slow cooker (7 quarts). Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    - Antonietta on February 10, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Antonietta, So glad you enjoyed the stew! To make it in a slow cooker, I’d still brown the meat first separately before adding it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients. It will probably need about 8 hours to cook but I’ve never tried it so can’t say for sure. Please let me know how it comes out.

      - Jenn on February 12, 2014 Reply
  • Hello! What red wine do you use? I can’t tell exactly from the picture.

    - Christine on January 27, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Christine, I believe that is Merlot in the photo but any red wine is fine.

      - Jenn on January 27, 2014 Reply
  • I just made your recipe for this tonight and it turned out fabulous. I added in maybe around a teaspoon and a half of truffle salt and saffron, and it really complimented the flavor nicely. I would use a wee less red wine next time, because it was such a rich stew. Otherwise, this was exceptional! Thank you for sharing.

    - Sheri on January 21, 2014 Reply
  • I absolutely love this recipe. I made it this past weekend for a group of friends and they raved about the beef stew non-stop. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    - Catherine on January 13, 2014 Reply
  • After preparing the beef stew, can it be frozen to share and give as a freezer meal?

    - Karen Nagorka on January 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Karen, Absolutely!

      - Jenn on January 8, 2014 Reply
  • OMG the beef stew was so good!!! my family loved it…

    - Linda on January 7, 2014 Reply
  • Hi Jenn – Can’t wait to try this recipe. Can I substitute ketchup for the tomato paste?

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

    - Donna on January 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Donna, Yes, I don’t think it will make a big difference. Glad you’re enjoying the recipes!

      - Jenn on January 7, 2014 Reply
  • I made today and it was excellent. I cut the carrots and potatoes in thinner slices and added 1.5 lb organic stew meat. Turned out perfect! After I added the vegetables, I kept in oven for 2 hours. It thickened up nicely. Thank you.

    - Christy on January 4, 2014 Reply
  • This recipe sounds delicious. The only problem is I’ve already bought 6lb of braising steak before I found the recipe. Could I use that instead of chuck roast?

    - Lisa on December 29, 2013 Reply
    • Chuck is sometimes labeled as braising steak, so I’d say yes it is fine.

      - Jenn on December 30, 2013 Reply
  • Made this a second time yesterday and my brother (this was a big compliment) loved it and wanted the recipe. He loved the broth, my dad loved it as well. 2 request for recipes. Nice job on the recipe, I wish I could take credit for it.

    - John Dillon on December 29, 2013 Reply
    • So glad you and your family liked the stew, John. You made it so you definitely get the credit :)

      - Jenn on December 29, 2013 Reply
  • Thank you for this recipe, the pictures and easy to follow instructions! It’s delicious! My husband said it is the BEST stew he has ever tasted!! (Thanks also for helping me win brownie points!) The only challenge I had was cutting the carrots at a diagonal so I cut them up in chunks instead, and then they didn’t soften, but I’ll try again next time! Thanks again!

    - Mary on December 28, 2013 Reply
  • Awesome recipe! I am making it for the second time today. Very simple but yet very different from what I have made in the past. The only question I had and I just winged it, was the braising part. Was not a 100% sure at what temp I should do that at (I may have missed it).

    - John on December 28, 2013 Reply
  • How can I just make it on stove top

    - Banessa on December 27, 2013 Reply
    • Just simmer the covered pot on low heat and stir every so often so the bottom doesn’t burn. The cooking time should be the same.

      - Jenn on December 29, 2013 Reply
  • What would the directions be for cooking on the stove top and not using an oven?

    - Michelle on December 23, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Michelle, Just simmer the covered pot on low heat and stir every so often so the bottom doesn’t burn. Should be the same cooking time.

      - Jenn on December 23, 2013 Reply
  • SOO Delicious!!! I have made this twice & nothing but rave reviews!!! It does require some effort, but the results are SOO worth it!!!

    - Bicky on December 22, 2013 Reply
  • Yummmmm! Just made this last night. It was delicious.
    Thanks for the detailed recipe and above all pictures!
    Going to make your buttered rum recipe next.

    - Angela on December 22, 2013 Reply
  • YUM!!I made this yesterday, so simple yet so flavorful and delicious.
    My variation…. I cooked it on the stove instead of the oven. I used a pressure cooker to speed up the process and added less wine, more stock. I added celery with the carrots. I used less potatoes and finished it off with some West Indian style dumpling at the end.

    This stew was amazing!!! thank you!

    - Natasha on December 17, 2013 Reply
  • I am cooking beef stew for 40 people. I just finished doing 18 lbs. of meat. My question can I cook the carrots and potatoes seperately and then add to the meat that I cooked and made the gravy?

    - Maureen on December 15, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Maureen, Wow, that’s a lot of stew! Yes, it is absolutely fine to cook vegetables separately.

      - Jenn on December 15, 2013 Reply
  • We LOVED this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    - Rachelle on December 8, 2013 Reply
  • this stew is the best looking i have ever seen .if it taste as good as it looks it must be awesome, which i believe it is.u have inspired me to make the recipe.thanks for sharing.

    - gloria on November 22, 2013 Reply
  • Wonderful recipe, I used rice flour instead of all purpose flour to make it gluten free, came out perfect.

    - Simone on November 21, 2013 Reply
  • This is a wonderful recipe. It is a good cold weather comfort food that my family LOVES!!!

    - Elizabeth on November 15, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe is time intensive, but definitely worth it. If I had one piece of advice for those who are going to make this, it is that ground beef chuck (which is still labeled as beef chuck) and regular beef chuck (which looks like regular strips of meat) are completely different. If you use the ifrst one, you’ll make a rather tasty, yet oily beef chili.

    - Brandon Dinesman on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • A truly delicious meal, though I did make a few changes. To save time, instead of browning the meat I just cook the dish in the oven without a lid – this is a trick I learned from Cooks Illustrated and it worked well without sacrificing flavor. I also added Guiness and reduced at the end to intensify the flavor. Great basic recipe that is easy to modify.

    - Adrian on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • This is the best beef stew recipe ever. I doubled the recipe and served it as an autumn supper for out of town guests. Everyone loved it and several asked for the recipe. Thanks Jen, I really love your recipes and detailed instructions!

    - Julie on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer , This is the best beef stew I have ever tasted, I usually make it from the packaged precut beef, but this was so tender I will never be able to go back to my old way of making beef stew! I added a few more vegi’s, parsnips, turnips and sweet potato. This was so good! ThankYou!

    - Bonnie Swackhammer on November 8, 2013 Reply
  • Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes is a quick & easy meal that I can make in my crock pot on a cold Winter’s day & have my whole apartment feel like I was back home with Mom & Dad growing up !

    - Michael Lamont on November 8, 2013 Reply
  • What’s the difference between onions and shallots? I’ve always steered away from them because they are so small to peel.

    - Judy on November 8, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Judy, Shallots are milder than onions. I typically use them in sauces and salad dressings.

      - Jenn on November 8, 2013 Reply
  • Husband said it was the best stew he ever had! I didn’t have potatoes so added mushrooms instead and it turned out great. I look forward to making this again!

    - Ponyo on November 7, 2013 Reply
  • Cooked this for dinner tonight and it is so delicious! I did not have to change anything! Its now stored in my bookmark under ” tried, tested and yummers! ” thank you so much.

    - Ana on October 22, 2013 Reply
  • I never comment on blogs or recipes. But this is seriously the *best* beef stew I’ve ever had.
    Now, I can’t wait to try other recipes from your blog. I am seriously impressed.
    The best part is, I just know my toddles are going to love it too.
    Thank you so much.

    - liz on October 17, 2013 Reply
  • What can I use instead of the onions?

    - myra on October 14, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Myra, You could use shallots instead of the onions.

      - Jenn on October 15, 2013 Reply
  • love your style

    - ROBERT N DUDECK on October 10, 2013 Reply
  • This is THE best beef stew recipe I have ever made!Thank you.My husband even had a bowl of it for breakfast. I find your recipes to be very good and have recommended your site to many friends. I wish for you lots of success in all your endevors.We are fans!

    - Rose on October 3, 2013 Reply
    • Thank you, Rose!

      - Jenn on October 3, 2013 Reply
  • Ooh pomegranate juice sounds nice.

    - Judy on October 2, 2013 Reply
  • Can you substitute the red wine for anything non-alcoholic?

    - Kim on October 2, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Kim, You could just use more beef stock or water instead. Or if you like a little more sweetness, you might try pomegranate juice or all natural grape juice.

      - Jenn on October 2, 2013 Reply
  • Can I leave on the stove or does it need to be in the oven?

    - diane on October 1, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Diane, You can definitely simmer it on the stovetop.

      - Jenn on October 2, 2013 Reply
  • Hello Jenn!
    Thank you so much for the info.

    - Manuela on October 1, 2013 Reply
    • You’re welcome!

      - Jenn on October 1, 2013 Reply
  • Could you please tell me from which part the beef chuck comes from, I can´t seem to find the right translation for it.

    - Manuela on September 29, 2013 Reply
  • How were the onions cut?

    - Judy on September 24, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Judy, They are cut into 1-inch chunks.

      - Jenn on September 24, 2013 Reply
  • I like how you cut the onions you should show people how you did that

    - Steven on September 23, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    This recipe sounds amazing, thank you for sharing! I plan on cutting the recipe in half since I will be the only one eating it. Should I adjust the cooking times at all?

    - Spencer on July 31, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Spencer, Good question. It may cook a little faster, but not much. In the beginning, you’ll save time searing the meat, and the onions won’t take as long. But the meat will still need a long time in the oven…I can’t say for sure how long so just keep an eye on it — when the meat is tender, it’s done. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 31, 2013 Reply
  • Oh my!
    Ha ha! We have balsamic vinegar. Now question time. From which part of the poor cow is chuck meat from. What on earth is a Dutch oven and a crock thingy? Forgotten the word. We don’t get ready made stock!!! I have to use soup powder. What ratio of the powder to the water would you suggest? Do you put the onions and garlic in at the same time as the balsamic or fry them first? Otherwise they’re boiled no? But it sounds delicious. I’ve been thinking about stews but I’ve forgotten how to make it. Many thanks.

    - Judy on July 25, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Judy, Chuck is from the shoulder…a Dutch oven is a heavy oven-safe pot with a lid…for the powder, just use the ratio called for on the package…and, yes, you cook the onions and garlic first. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 25, 2013 Reply
  • Your illustrations and tips are outstanding!

    - Cilla on July 23, 2013 Reply
    • Thank you, Cilla!

      - Jenn on July 23, 2013 Reply
  • I have made this recipe 3 times and it keeps getting better. I am currently making it right now. The only changes I have made are the addition of 1 1/2 tsp. of Beef Soup Base. I also substituted Beck’s Sapphire Beer instead of wine. It works out really well. I will be trying out more of the recipes. My wife loves when I make this.

    - Anthony Klemm on May 9, 2013 Reply
    • Love your suggestions, Anthony. Thank you!

      - Jenn on May 9, 2013 Reply
  • This is in the oven as I type. If it taste half as good as it smells, I will be very happy!

    - Elizabeth on May 6, 2013 Reply
    • I let this cool and then refrigerated overnight. Just heated up as directed and served with a fresh baguette. I think it is one of the best things I have ever eaten! It was delicious and looked exactly like the pictures. Thanks for the recipe and tip regarding chuck roast in lieu of stew meat.

      - Elizabeth on May 7, 2013 Reply
  • Made it. Loved it! Family requesting again…good sign;)

    - Deb on April 20, 2013 Reply
  • regarding gluten free -do you think rice flour would work? I am thinking I will make this but thicken it and serve it with a sheet of pastry on top (like a skillet pie)

    - ian on March 30, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Ian, I think it’d work fine. You could also just leave it out for a thinner sauce. Please come back and let me know how it turns out!

      - Jenn on March 30, 2013 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I used tapioca flour and left our the sugar to make it gluten free. Worked well. And this stew is so good I want to make it all winter long!

        - Julie on January 15, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    This looks amazing! I eat gluten-free, can you recommend a replacement for the all purpose flour?
    Thanks so much for sharing your recipes! The Peruvian chicken was delish!

    - Elizabeth on March 23, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Elizabeth, So glad you enjoyed the Peruvian Chicken…that’s one of my favorites! For this recipe, you can use cornstarch (be sure brand is gluten free) instead of the flour, but don’t add it at the same time. You’ll want to cook the stew, omitting the flour, until the very end (the broth will be thin). Then make a “slurry” by combining a 1/4 cup cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water; mix until completely smooth. Whisk half of the slurry into the stew and bring to a gentle boil on the stovetop and simmer until the broth is thickened and any starchy taste has been cooked away. If you want the broth thicker, add the remaining slurry and repeat.

      - Jenn on March 23, 2013 Reply
  • We had this for dinner on Tuesday night, it was so good! Very good! I actually tripled the onion and just halved them, and seared the cut side.

    - Megan on March 14, 2013 Reply
  • Love this recipe, I have made it countless times! Usually I add an extra pound of beef and double the carrots so that we have lots of left overs. Works great in the crock pot as well.

    - Mary on March 12, 2013 Reply
    • Mary…I would love to make this in my crock pot as I do not have a dutch oven (I plan on purchasing one in the not-too-distant future). Do you modify the recipe at all for the crock pot? Thank you in advance….

      - Suzette on July 3, 2013 Reply
  • I have made this twice. I found the instructions for this receipt to be perfectly written for a novice like myself – at making a stew. The time in the oven and the overnight in the refrigerator make this a great dish.

    - Bill on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • I varied this with blue potatoes. Yummy.

    - debbie jackson on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I tried this out – it was so good! I left out the potatoes (because I didn’t have any on hand) and served it over buttered egg noodles. That took care of the starch portion of the meal! Delicious!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I am a stew lover and this recipe is my new favourite. Using Chuck roast and de-glazing the pot is essential. I have both slowed cooked it in the stove and on top of the stove, both worked well. Actually I had had a stew in a restaurant famous for its stew in Northern New York and I had to replicate it, so i went in search of that flavour. This recipe was even better, thank you.

    - mary on March 9, 2013 Reply
    • What does de-glaze the pot mean? Sorry for being ignorant? Does that mean when you put the vinegar in and scrape off the brown stuff because I totally messed that up this time!

      - Nicola on July 24, 2013 Reply
      • Hi Nicola, That is a good question!You are correct — it is when you put the vinegar in and scrape the brown stuff off the bottom.

        - Jenn on July 24, 2013 Reply
  • If you skip the flour and serve over mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, this works as a hearty paleo comfort food.

    - Tami on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I made this beef stew today for my family’s dinner and they really enjoyed it. It was perfect for the snowy weather we had today. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Once again you exceeded my expectations!

    - Mable on March 6, 2013 Reply
  • Looks good! Planning on a version of beef stew tonight and was browsing for tips.

    - David @ CookingChat on February 23, 2013 Reply
  • That looks so good -(presentation ) i am going to make this Saturday everyone will be home. I haven’t made Beef Stew in years. thanks for perkining up my tastebuds

    - Bobbi on February 22, 2013 Reply
  • My 20 yr old daughter n I shared a bonding memory over this recipe yesterday while snowed in here in KC. We pretty much determined that adding the correct cut of meat, balsamic vinegar n wine n flour made all the diff along with the slow cookin oven process. Thank you dearly. My only regret is that we are not able to imbibe with Lenten meat fast today! What a sacrifice waitin for Saturday. :)

    - Gail Pearson on February 22, 2013 Reply
  • I have been cooking for 40 years and this is the first time I have made beef stew in the oven. I used my cast iron Dutch oven. I had a small rump roast and cut it into cubes. This is delicious! I tasted it and will have it tomorrow night. Nice complexity of flavors.

    - Kris on February 11, 2013 Reply
  • Our favorite! We like thicker stew so I leave out the water. Also, I roasted the potatoes and carrots on a baking sheet for the last hour and just toss with the beef before serving. Thanks for a winning recipe!

    - Clarissa on January 18, 2013 Reply
  • Hiya – love the recipe with Balsamic. I always have it in the kitchen to dunk bread in but never tried in stew ill do this recipe tomorrow :)

    Please help though – when i add frozen veg they NEVER soften??any ideas or tips?

    Thanks :)

    x x

    - CHELSEA on January 16, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Chelsea, The only thing I can think of is that maybe you’re not cooking them long enough. Can you be more specific as to which vegetables?

      - Jenn on January 16, 2013 Reply
  • Made this tonight. My husband had been ice fishing all day and came home cold and hungry. He came through the door and said, “Wow, what is cooking?’ He yum, yummed all the way through the meal.
    I have a question about smashing the garlic cloves. I took it literally, smashed the clove w/ the side of my big knife and through them in just like that. Is that what you do? And do you try to fish the out later? I didn’t, and didn’t notice any in my bowl.
    Thank you for the recipe. It will be added to my collection.

    - Denise Adams on January 5, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Denise, So glad you and your husband enjoyed! Yes, that is exactly what I do with the garlic and it just dissolves into the stew since it cooks for so long.

      - Jenn on January 5, 2013 Reply
      • Thank you for your reply. It is below zero here today so your stew is once again on the menu!

        - Denise Adams on January 31, 2013 Reply
  • I bought cooking red wine can I use that in place of the wine?

    - Laura P on December 31, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Laura, The stew will be much better with regular red wine. You can buy a package of 4 small bottles if you don’t want to open a regular-sized bottle.

      - Jenn on December 31, 2012 Reply
  • I just have to say GREAT STEW!! I ve tried numerous recipes for stew but this one by far takes 1st place ;) Hubby and kids loved it!! Thank you

    - Vanessa on December 29, 2012 Reply
  • Quick question, any way to get around the wine? My husband can’t have it and even though it cooks out it still makes him nervous. Could I substitute with something else?

    - Kaidee on December 27, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Kaidee, I’d substitute beef stock – it will work just fine.

      - Jenn on December 27, 2012 Reply
  • Hi, can I make this stew in the slow cooker? If so, do you know for how long, or if I would need to decrease the liquids at all? Thanks,nit looks delish!! Was thinking about making it for part of our Chrisytmas yummys!!

    - Kristie on December 20, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Kristie, I’ve never made it in a slow cooker so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out, but I believe the rule of thumb is to reduce the liquid by half.

      - Jenn on December 21, 2012 Reply
  • This looks and sounds so wonderful, but I would need to cook it in the slow cooker.. Any tips on how to change the recipe?

    - Jessica on December 7, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Jessica, I believe the rule of thumb is to reduce the amount of liquid by one-half. For this recipe, I don’t think you’d need to adjust anything else. Please let me know how it comes out!

      - Jenn on December 11, 2012 Reply
  • Just made this stew last night and it was incredible. By far the best stew recipe I have stumbled upon. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers tonight! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    - Laura on November 26, 2012 Reply
  • Sorry to ask a silly question, but here goes…. I don’t own a dutch oven! I have a big oven safe stock pot, but would have to put my oven rack on the lowest position. Would that work or should I just wait until I get a dutch oven?

    - Rebecca on November 26, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Rebecca, Not a silly question at all! It’s fine to use your stock pot w/the oven rack on lowest position – just be sure to stir the stew every so often so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. You can also cook the stew over low heat (covered, stirring occasionally) on the stovetop. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on November 26, 2012 Reply
  • Followed recipe correctly, tastes nice but put carrots/ potatoes in after two hours and in for an hour and still not ready! Too hard ahhh! Back in again hoping meat doesn’t overcook now.

    - Sharon Rutherford on November 18, 2012 Reply
    • No worries, Sharon, the meat will not overcook.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2012 Reply
  • Finally a basic but hearty stew with nothing in it but what makes a stew. Thank you for posting. I can’t wait to try your version and see what my husband thinks. He is soup/stew cook around here so this should be interesting. Looks amazing. Wish they had smell a monitor.

    - Lori on October 17, 2012 Reply
  • :) Okay, so came across a few hiccups today when trying this recipe for the first time. All my own fault. I had no balsamic vinegar, and since I had all the other ingredients, I really really did not want to run out to the store for any. So…I took 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and mixed it with orange blossom creamed honey. Then…I thought I had tomato paste (I was pretty darn certain I bought it last week to make a seafood paella) but, it was no where to be found. I did however have strained tomatoes (much like paste, but thinner.) So, I simply doubled it up. Put it in as the recipe called for, but, cooked a little longer for the liquid to cook out a bit. We don’t really like wine to much (and my mother is allergic to it… asthma) so, I only added 1 cup, and instead added 3 cups of beef broth. I like the glazed looking stews, rather than the thicker paste looking stews, (which for some reason always happens for me when I use flour) so, I did not add the water and also left out the flour. I added a couple squirts of Merlot cooking sauce. Its right now at the braising stage and has been braising for 1 hour. It smells amazing in here, and my husband keeps rubbing his hands together saying he “can’t wait” (we make dinner early on Thursdays due to my daughters having dance classes at 5pm, with both of them being in the classes, we don’t leave until 8pm!) We usually skip lunch on this day. Can’t wait to taste it!

    - Nicole on October 11, 2012 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer,

    Can the balsamic vinegar be substituted for another vinegar, or be left out all together? Thanks!

    - Amber R on October 9, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Amber, You can either substitute red wine vinegar or leave it out — won’t make much difference at all. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on October 9, 2012 Reply
  • Making this tonight for some visiting family. After searching for a flavorful recipe I am confident this will be a huge hit! It has inspired me to make my own bread just for this!

    - Sara_A on October 8, 2012 Reply
  • I am currently cooking this recipe for tonight’s dinner, the aroma in my apartment is wonderful. Having read the previous reviews of this dish I had to try it and I’m hoping my efforts are just as delicious…

    - Dina on October 7, 2012 Reply
  • the best!!!!!!

    - josef on September 12, 2012 Reply
  • This was a great dinner! I found the recipe a bit long, but I followed along and we all enjoyed a great dinner! Thanks!

    - Pauline Milner on June 22, 2012 Reply
  • Best beef stew I have ever made in 45 years of cooking! It is an official family favorite! I love that it is a do-ahead meal, too. When a crowd is coming, I can just pop it in the oven to re-heat. I so appreciate your teaching the techniques involved, i.e. selecting the proper cut of beef and cubing it, searing the beef in small batches, It’s a little time consuming but the end result is worth every minute!

    - Janet Porterfield on June 21, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe was fabulous, always looking for stew recipes! It is very important to sear the beef cubes, as instructed. Don’t cut corners! the flavor is wonderful!

    - Kim McCary on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Every time i make this the pot is cleaned out. It may be the best beef stew ever. Can’t wait for winter…just to make this of course.

    - Karen on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • My husband I LOVE this recipe. I normally make stew in a crockpot but since making this recipe I will never go back. This recipe is so worth the extra effort. Yum!

    - Jennifer on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Talking about a big hit, I am working in Manila, Philippines and the culture here when is your birthday, you must invite the people to a blowout (dinner or lunch), let me tell you very happily that out of 63 people I had invited 63 of them loved it. I can not thank you enough for your recipe. It was one of my greatest birthday, thanks to you and my friends.


    - Mario on May 26, 2012 Reply
    • This comment was so nice to read, Mario. I’m so glad your guests loved the stew. Happy Birthday!

      - Jenn on May 26, 2012 Reply
  • This has got to be the best stew recipe ever! My husband isn’t usually a big fan of stew but he loved this one. Thanks for another great recipe!

    - Mary on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • Just Awesome!!! Made for a special dinner with my folks and was a big hit. Thanks for the recipe

    - Jan M on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • Excellent stew recipe! I use my own homemade beef broth but otherwise follow this to the letter. Easy and delicious.

    - Schmidty on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • The Beef Stew with Carrots and Potates was the first recipe made in our home from this website. It was superb! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    - Sheree on March 13, 2012 Reply
  • OMG, this looks so good. I getting hungry just looking at the picture. I’m making this tonight!

    - Tricia O on March 8, 2012 Reply
  • The Cook’s Illustrated Beef Stew recipe is 4 pages long. When did cooking peasant food get so complicated? This recipe is simple, the ingredients true, and the results are amazing.

    - Dottie White on March 8, 2012 Reply
    • believe it or not some people do not know how to cook and do need those pictures…I work in food service and had to stand there and teach some how to cook step by step, the pictures will help those who need help to cook

      - Gabriele Deschaine on August 5, 2012 Reply
  • This was incredible!

    - Carissa on March 8, 2012 Reply
  • Great recipe. I want to make some for St. Patrick’s Day – may add some Guinness to the mix!

    Cheers –

    - Peter D on March 7, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe is great. It reminds me of my mother’s goulash soup she made when I was a kid!

    - Kyle on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • What a fabulous recipe! A keeper :)

    - Sherry on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • My kids love this stew! I made a huge pot and froze it in small containers.

    - Lesley on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • I have made this a few times now and it is a favorite, the beef gets so tender and the sauce is rich and very flavorful. Love it with your corn muffins or crusty bread or over egg noodles.

    - Mary on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • I have tried and failed to make a beef stew that actually tastes/looks as good as it smells while being prepared. THIS recipe was the answer to my prayers! What a tasty dinner :)

    - Ellen on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve made many stews but this is the only recipe I return to over and over again. It’s always so delicious, easy, and the house smells great while the stew braises!

    - Angela on March 5, 2012 Reply
  • I made this stew several weeks ago for myself and a friend who just had a baby. My house smelled amazing all day!

    I usually make beef stew in a crockpot, but this method made a tastier stew. The beef was much more tender than it is after spending 8 hours in a crockpot, and I loved the idea of adding the veggies at the end so they didn’t turn mushy. I also added mushrooms and peas to mine. Delicious!

    - Rebekah on March 5, 2012 Reply
  • I was thrilled to find your simplified, but just as fabulous, version of Julia Child’s classic Beef Burgundy. My family loved it & I may not go back to Julia’s recipe :)

    - Jennifer, RD on March 5, 2012 Reply
  • I made this last night and it was incredible! I usually do buy pretty lean meat so the marbling tip was a great one! Thanks!

    - Lauren on March 5, 2012 Reply
  • Had been wanting to make this recipe for a while and finally made it today! It is DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing!

    - Jennifer on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • My daughter asked for this dish for her birthday dinner. It was delicious – a great Sunday meal.

    - carmen on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • This receipe is great. I always used stew meat in the my beef stew – that is why it always was chewy and not tender. Thanks for the tips!

    - Reed G on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • I loved this recipe, I’ve made beef stew before but the meat came out rubbery, Thanks for the tip on not buying prepackages stew meat… What a differance it made… This is the perfect stew for cold rainy days…

    - EJB on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • LOVE stews…especally beef :) Thanks for the great recipe!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Sounds SO delicious! I just have to get a pot I can throw in the oven first, and then I’m definitely making this.

    - Amy Bridgford on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Yummy and full of flavor!

    - cora on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I thought I had the best beef stew recipe already, but I was wrong. This is delicious!

    - Tai on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • The only thing I would do differently is use my crockpot instead of the oven, mmm-mmm good!!!!

    - LaDonna Hopkins on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I absolutely love this recipe! I have celiac, and the only thing I had to do is replace the flour with cornstarch. It was so delicious and I will be keeping it in my “make again!” box to enjoy every winter!

    - Jessica on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is such a classic and delicious dish! A real crowd pleaser…even my 1 year old loves it!

    - Meredith on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This looks absolutely delicious and not too hard to make. I’ll be trying it out soon!

    - Heather on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This was one of the best stews I’ve made… and it was so simple! Thanks for a great recipe!

    - Ada Howe on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe had become my husbands favorite to eat and make! Of course the whole family enjoys it as well. Thanks!

    - Alisa on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • My husband’s favorite dish. I always put peas in (add some nice color) and sometimes I will include other vegetables I have on hand. Thanks for the great recipe.

    - Dale P. on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I have never in my opinion made a beef stew that was a hit with the family. I will absolutely make this feel good recipe with the Le Creuset Oval French Oven if I win one in the sweepstakes! :)

    - Barbara on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I love this recipe! It’s so easy to make and it’s perfect for the cold days in the winter. It certainly warms my tummy and my soul. I love the fact that, there are only a few ingredients and this dish turned so flavorful and hearthy. hm…I guess it would be perfect to cook in the Le Creuset Oval French Oven too. ;) Hope I can win one. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    - Amy Tong on February 29, 2012 Reply
  • Thank you for the beef stew recipe, which is simple to make and tasty to eat. This dish is a keeper!

    - Susan Richards on February 17, 2012 Reply
  • Made this today and my house never smelled so good!!! My family ate it for dinner tonight and LOVED it–even my 2yr old and 5yr old gobbled it up! So easy to make-Thanx!!

    - Melissa on February 15, 2012 Reply
  • Added applewood smoked bacon for a refreshing smoky flavor. Overall solid recipe.

    - Nick on January 18, 2012 Reply
  • […] I actually found this recipe doing a Google search and it showed up in the top few results.  The Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes recipe from the Once Upon a Chef blog leveled whatever recipes I have in cookbooks, stuffed in […]

  • I have made this at least five times since it was posted last winter. For years I prepared Julia’s beef burgundy, but this is now my family’s favorite. Used fingerling potatoes this week; you can’t go wrong. Amazing flavor, the BEST beef stew recipe ever!!! Thanks, Jenn!!!

    - Liz on January 12, 2012 Reply
  • This makes me long for a heavy snowfall, but none yet here in L.A. Looks delicious+++++!

    Like the new website.

    - MickMil on January 12, 2012 Reply
  • Hi Jeannine, You can replace the wine with more beef stock. Hope that helps!

    - Jennifer on December 24, 2011 Reply
  • I can’t have alcohal in my food, what should i replace it with??

    - Jeannine on December 24, 2011 Reply
  • Just made this for tomorrow night but after one bite my wife and decided we needed to check this out right away!

    - M&M on December 17, 2011 Reply
  • When I asked my husband this week for dinner ideas, he suggested stew. “OH NO!” I thought…

    I found this recipe when browsing pinterest for ideas and decided to try it. This was THE BEST stew I have ever had, and I don’t even like stew! I will definitely pass this recipe on to friends.

    Thank you SO SO SO SO much for sharing and for changing the way I think about stew!

    - Ellen on October 20, 2011 Reply
  • We made this recipe yesterday and I am glad we did! Best stew we’ve ever had :) Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    - G046 on September 27, 2011 Reply
  • Made this couple days ago-easy to make and soooo delicious–very tender, and my husband just could not get enough. Great heated up the next day. Yummy-the best beef stew we have ever had-thanks for sharing!

    - Judy Claggett on March 24, 2011 Reply
  • Best beef stew EVER. You are the cooking goddess!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.

    - Sheryl Rosenberg Thouin on February 20, 2011 Reply
  • This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to make this, but — I do not have a cast iron pot (or any large pot that can go into the oven). Do you have any suggestions on how to cook this solely on the stove, or do you believe that will change the flavor? Thanks!

    - Cynthia on February 14, 2011 Reply
    • Hi Cynthia, It is fine to simmer the stew on the stovetop. Just stir every so often so the bottom doesn’t stick and burn.

      - Jenn on March 31, 2013 Reply
  • I have officially thrown out all my other beef stew recipes in favor of this one! Absolutely dreamy, and so easy! Thanks!

    - Kim McCary on February 10, 2011 Reply
  • Hey Jenn- I made this Saturday- awesome! thank you!

    - Beth on February 8, 2011 Reply
  • This made my mouth water. Your version looks much simpler then Julia Childs!

    - leslie on February 8, 2011 Reply
  • Made this on Saturday to serve on Sunday. My son was crazy about it. Had two big bowls full and took some home with him. Definitely a hit. I brought some to work with me for lunch today! Thanks!

    - Judy on February 7, 2011 Reply
  • I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…

    Have a great time,

    - My_Delicious on February 5, 2011 Reply
  • Gorgeous family! Thanks for sharing.

    - Regina on February 5, 2011 Reply
  • Well timed recipe, thanks. And your family is just gorgeous!!!

    - Mia on February 3, 2011 Reply
  • I love beef and I love this recipe…

    - peachkins on February 3, 2011 Reply

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