Best easy beef stew recipe! This homemade beef stew has meltingly tender pieces of beef chuck roast, carrots, and potato in a rich broth.
Growing up, beef stew was one of my favorite cold-weather dinners. The tender chunks of beef, soft carrots and potato, and rich broth are pretty much the perfect winter comfort food.
There are a few ways to make beef stew. It can be made on the stove, in a crock pot (or Instant Pot), or in the oven.
This recipe is an oven-braised beef stew. The great thing about making the stew this way is that you can get it going and then walk away from it while it bakes.
Also, braising it in the oven allows the broth to cook down and really makes it rich and flavorful.
How to make beef stew
This beef stew starts with browning the beef. This helps to develop the flavor of the beef before it’s braised.
Then, the aromatics are sauteed to build a flavorful base for the broth.
Then, it’s braised in the oven for two hours, and then the carrots and potatoes are added in. The stew is then braised for an additional hour.
How to reheat beef stew
I just microwave it to reheat it. One of the great things about this recipe is that it tastes as good or better the next day.
What to serve with beef stew
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Homemade Beef Stew
- 3 pounds boneless beef chuck* cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 2 medium yellow or white onions cut into 1-inch chunks
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary crushed
- 5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 large carrots peeled and cut into one-inch chunks
- 1 pound baby Yukon gold potatoes cut in half
- Fresh chopped parsley for serving (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325F and set a rack in the lower middle position.
- Pat the beef dry and season with 1 teaspoon of the salt and pepper.
- In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Brown the meat in batches and then remove to a plate.**
- Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the now-empty pot.
- Add the onions and garlic, and sautee for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Stir in the balsamic vinegar and tomato paste; cook, stirring regularly, for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the flour, rosemary, and thyme, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Return the beef and its juices back to the pot.
- Add the beef broth, water, and bay leaves, and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil.
- Cover, and bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours.
- Carefully remove the pot from the oven, and add the carrots and potatoes.
- Cover, and return to the oven for 1 hour more, or until the vegetables are cooked, the broth is thickened, and the meat is tender.
- Sprinkle with parsley, if desired, before serving.
**Nutrition values are estimates.