Temperatures have dropped and that means it’s time for comfort food.
Think hearty stew with potatoes, carrots, celery onion, with stout beer. This delicious beef stew recipe is perfect for cold weather.
Quick notes about making the best stew
Using the wrong cut of meat can be a colossal mistake for stew. Chuck meat is ideal for this beef stew. Chuck is a tough cut of meat; however, it will break down and become tender given enough time.
The stew should be thick and hardy, and veggies should not be mushy.
Why make beef stew
- you can make it ahead and reheat
- it is an excellent meal as is, or put it on top of noodles or homemade bread.
- It’s freezer-friendly, so double the recipe and freeze some for another day.
- it is super easy to make
- 3 tbsps. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 2 lbs. beef stew cubed into 1” pieces
- 2 tbsps. Floor
- 3 medium carrots thickly chopped
- 2 stalks celery roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 2-3 medium russet potatoes cut into large bite size pieces
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 32 oz. low sodium beef broth
- 16 oz. stout beer
- ¾ tsp. fresh thyme pulled off stems and lightly chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Start with cutting beef into 1″ cubes.
- In a plastic bag, combine flour and 1 tsp salt. Next, add meat cubes and
shake until completely covered.
- In a large stockpot, add 1-2 tbsps. of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and
heat. Add beef and sear on all sides until browned.
- Once stew meat is all browned,
transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.
- In the same skillet, add another 1 tbsp. of oil, then add onion, celery &
carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes until vegetables are soft.
- Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in
a bit of beef broth and deglaze the bottom of the pan.
- Transfer the skillet mixture to a slow cooker and add potatoes, broth, beer, and thyme.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Add salt and pepper for flavor.
*If you want a thicker sauce, 30 minutes before cook time is up, make a mixture of equal parts of corn starch and water – mix thoroughly and slowly stir into slow cooker.