Hot 'n' Hearty Beef Stews

Though stews aren't always "quick", they certainly are easy!  These comforting, stick-to-your-ribs beef stews are sure to fill you up and keep you warm on chilly evenings.

  • Red Wine Beef Stew
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Red Wine Beef Stew

    Red wine makes just as delicious a companion to beef on the stove as it does in the wine glass. This traditional beef stew takes just 20 minutes to prepare, plus an additional three hours to simmer. Fresh vegetables like mushrooms, baby carrots, and turnips add bulk to this simple stew.
  • Beef and Guinness Stew
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris

    Beef and Guinness Stew

    Heavy Guinness Draught may not be for most American beer drinkers, but it pairs wonderfully with boneless chuck roast in this hearty stew. Raisins and sliced carrots add a hint of sweetness, while winter root vegetables like turnips and parsnips keep this stew humble.
  • Classic Beef Stew
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Classic Beef Stew

    One of the great things about stews is that the low-and-slow cooking makes even the toughest cuts of meat fork-tender. This stew calls for bottom round, a lean but tough cut of beef. Tomato paste, dry red wine, beef broth, dried thyme, a bay leaf, and an assortment of vegetables round out the dish. Since this recipe makes 8 to 10 servings, it's perfect for casual entertaining or freezing extra portions for a later date.
  • Beef Stew in Spicy Berbere Sauce
    Dan Goldberg

    Beef Stew in Spicy Berbere Sauce

    This Ethiopian-inspired beef stew features make-your-own berbere, a classic Ethiopian spice mixture that calls for a number of pungent spices, including paprika, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and allspice. Typical beef stew ingredients, such as onions, tomatoes, and red wine keep the rest of this recipe simple. Plus, it takes a little less time than other beef stews, at just 2 hours and 20 minutes prep and cook time.
  • Chinese-Style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Chinese-Style Beef, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy Stew

    While most beef stews require several hours to cook, this 35-minute Asian-inspired stew is perfect for busy weeknights. Traditional Chinese ingredients like fresh ginger, five-spice powder, soy sauce, and baby bok choy add great flavor and make this stew a wonderful alternative to the classic American vesions.
  • Beef Daube Provençal
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Beef Daube Provençal

    Like many beef stews, this recipe calls for red wine, carrots, chopped onion, beef broth, and tomatoes, but fresh rosemary and fresh thyme really punch up the flavor. Serve over cooked egg noodles and pair with a whole-grain baguette and simple green salad for a truly satisfying - yet simple - meal.
  • Paprika Short-rib Beef Stew
    Leo Gong

    Paprika Short-rib Beef Stew

    Looking for a beef stew that stands out from the crowd? Try this spicy recipe featuring bone-in beef short ribs instead of traditional beef stew meat. Thick-cut bacon, beer, and chopped potatoes make this stew a real crowd-pleaser. Serve with buttered, crusty bread and a green salad.
  • Hearty Beef and Potato Stew
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Hearty Beef and Potato Stew

    This one-dish meal is a simple, make-ahead family favorite. Make the beef stew the night before, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate; reheat single servings in the microwave or a slow cooker set on HIGH the next day. To save prep time, use bottled peeled fresh garlic.

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