I know I’ve said this a million times, but I really am just a simple Irish lass at heart. I could eat a hearty potato dish pretty much every night of the week. I got the most incredible beef from Organic 5-2 Farms and was inspired to make a traditional beef stew, with direction from my mama. This is what we came up with and it’s so amazing that I promptly wrote up the recipe for you.

Best Beef Stew Recipe

This is such an easy hands-off recipe. It would be perfect for entertaining, since it’s cheap, flavorful, and one-pot wonder. Serve with good, crusty bread, European butter, and French grey salt. Divine!

Best Beef Stew Recipe
Organic 5-2 Farms Stew Meat
Best Beef Stew Recipe
Look at that crust forming! Free flavor!

Best Beef Stew Recipe

Back to the beef: wow. It melts in your mouth! You just tap it with your spoon and it falls apart. Perfection. As always, I encourage you to support your local farmers for the highest quality ingredients you can find. It makes such a difference in cooking!

You could use beef broth instead of the bouillon cubes but I didn’t have any beef broth and I absolutely loved how this turned out! A tablespoon of balsamic, bay leaves, and really great wine (I used Marl, a Merlot and Syrah blend, from Kuhlman Cellars tonight) transform this dish into a showstopper. Always cook with a wine you want to drink. It’s a myth that you should cook with “bad wine.” Plus the stew is in the oven for three hours, the perfect amount of time to savor a glass (or two!) of your bottle.

Best Beef Stew Recipe

Best Beef Stew Recipe

Best Beef Stew Recipe
Adding carrots two hours in

I hope you find this recipe as comforting and perfect as I do. Enjoy!

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2 lbs stew meat
2 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt
Black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter

2 cups diced yellow onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups water, divided
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 cup red wine
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 
2 bay leaves
2 cups Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes
Thyme and rosemary sprigs
2-4 large carrots
Italian parsley for 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rinse stew meat and pat dry with a paper towel. Toss with 2 1/2 Tbsp flour, salt, and pepper. Brown in 1 Tbsp olive oil in a Dutch oven on the stove over a medium flame, working in batches. Remove to a plate. Lower heat, add 1 Tbsp butter, and cook onion for a few minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and cook for one or two minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Deglaze pan with two cups of water. Toss in two beef bouillon cubes, one cup of red wine, one tablespoon of balsamic, and remaining two cups of water.  Add bay leaves, potatoes, and add the stew meat back in. Tie rosemary and thyme in a bouquet with kitchen twine and add to dutch oven. Put the lid on and pop in the oven for two hours.
  3. Peel carrots and cut into rounds (or quarter first if they’re huge). Take stew out of the oven, add carrots, then return to the oven for another hour to hour and a half. It’s ready as soon as the potatoes and carrots are fork-tender. Garnish with chopped Italian parsley.

Watch me make it:


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7 responses to “Beef Stew”

  1. Yaaaay! I’m in the process of making this and my house smells amaaaazing. Thank you 🙂

    1. Katie-Rose Watson Avatar
      Katie-Rose Watson

      Fantastic! Hope you love it 🙂

  2. Jessica Notestine Avatar
    Jessica Notestine

    If you use beef broth instead of the cubes how much do you use?

    1. Katie-Rose Watson Avatar
      Katie-Rose Watson

      If you don’t use beef bouillon, deglaze with two cups of water then add the wine and two cups of beef broth. Omit the other two cups of water. (The liquid total should only be 5 cups.) Hope that helps!

  3. Selina A Blanco-Sharp Avatar
    Selina A Blanco-Sharp

    This was so amazing and easy 🤩 my picky child and husband loved it so much! It will be on the rotation list for sure! I cut everything in half because we’re a smaller family and it worked out great. I did lose most liquid while cooking but I added water and beef broth as I went (only left it about 3 hours because bedtime was creeping up on us and it was still incredible 😅)

  4. Delicious comfort food on a winter night. Prep is quick and the best part is the aroma in the house. The entire family loved it and will be in the family meal rotation for the fall.

    1. Katie-Rose Watson Avatar
      Katie-Rose Watson

      I’m so glad that your family loved it! ❤️

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