Best Meat Stew Recipe with Beef

Chef Dan Catanio , On June 20, 2023

This Meat Stew Recipe Is Made with Beef Chuck Roast - but You Can Use Any Cut of Beef

Overview of this Classic Meat Stew Recipe from scratch

Today, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of making a delicious classic beef stew recipe from scratch using fresh ingredients. This hearty meat stew recipe can be served over cauliflower rice or brown rice for a cozy meal that will surely satisfy your taste buds. Let’s get started!

Tools Needed for this Beef Stew Recipe

Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients

Beef stew recipe ingredients.

  • Skillet

  • Knife

  • Measuring Cups

  • Crockpot or basin for slow cooking

Homemade Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients

Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for this beef stew recipe.

To make this meat stew recipe from scratch, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of beef, cut into chunks

  • Extra virgin olive oil for browning

  • 3 whole tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and cut into larger pieces

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • Small new potatoes (quantity as desired)

  • Mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • Garlic cloves, minced

  • Broccoli florets (optional)

  • 2 cups of beef broth

  • 1 cup of red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot)

  • 1 cup of tomato sauce (or tomato paste)

  • Fresh thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Garlic powder and onion powder (to adjust seasoning)

  • Slurry of potato starch and wine (for thickening)

Easy Homemade Beef Stew Recipe Cooking Video

Home-Made Beef Stew Recipe Step-by-Step Instruction

  1. Heat an electric skillet and add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

  2. Oil fry pan

    Place light coat of oil in fry pan.

  3. Add the beef chunks to the skillet and brown them until they develop a nice coloration.

  4. Oil fry pan

    Steak searing to get caramelization on the meat.

  5. While the beef is browning, prepare the vegetables. Peel, seed, and cut the tomatoes into larger pieces. Dice the red, yellow, and green bell peppers. Slice the mushrooms. Chop the onion and mince the garlic. Set aside the broccoli florets if using.

  6. Once the beef is browned, add the diced bell peppers and minced garlic to the pot.

  7. Oil fry pan

    Place vegetables in pot.

  8. Pour in the beef broth, along with the fresh thyme.

    Oil fry pan

    Add the beef broth.

  9. Add the red wine, to help enhance the flavor of this best homemade beef stew recipe.

  10. Let the beef stew simmer for approximately 30 minutes until the beef becomes tender.

  11. After simmering for 30 minutes, add the tomato sauce to the stew. Stir well to incorporate it, and the stew will take on a rich and flavorful character.*

  12. Now it’s time to add the remaining vegetables (except for broccoli) to the stew. Add the fresh tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, chopped onion, and small new potatoes. Allow the beef stew to simmer, covering the skillet if needed, until the vegetables are cooked and tender.**

    Oil fry pan

    Add the peas.

  13. Let the beef stew simmer a bit longer until it reaches the desired thickness. Once the meat stew recipe has reached desired thickness it is ready to be served!***

    Oil fry pan

    Serve and enjoy this beef stew recipe.

Serve this beef stew recipe with polenta or mashed potatoes for a comforting meal. This meat stew recipe allows for customization, so feel free to experiment with additional herbs and vegetables. Enjoy making this easy homemade beef stew recipe from scratch and savor the delicious flavors.

Homemade Beef Stew Recipe Notes

*Adjust the seasoning by adding garlic powder and onion powder to taste.

**To thicken the stew, create a slurry by combining potato starch and wine. Pour it around the stew while stirring gently.

***If using broccoli, add it during the final minutes of cooking to avoid overcooking and maintain a slightly crisp texture.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.