30+ Hearty Beef Stew Recipes
When the weather's damp and cold, it's only natural to seek out comfort in the warmth of your kitchen. Soups and stews are natural go-tos during this time of year, and there's no better antidote to low temperatures than a pot of ultra-comforting beef stew. These hearty, stick-to-your-ribs beef stew recipes are sure to fill you up and keep you warm on chilly evenings.
Hungarian Beef Stew
Beef Burgundy Stew
A trip to France and Voila! This meaty, French-inspired stew takes the award for hearty with simmering sliced carrots, chopped onions, and wine-marinated beef.
Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew
A nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew. Be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter. To get 2 pounds of trimmed meat, you'll probably need to purchase a 2 1/2-pound roast.
Mushroom, Beef, and Bacon Stew
Flemish Beef and Beer Stew
Beef Marsala Stew
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
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.
West African Beef, Plantain, and Okra Stew
While not nearly as sweet as bananas, plantains do have a sweet flavor. In this soup we keep that sweetness at bay by using firm plantains with green skins rather than riper brown-skinned ones--the sugars will have not yet developed, so the fruit will add starchy body to the soup without too much sweetness.
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
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
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
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
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.
Crock Pot Beef Stew
Hearty Beef and Stout Stew
A bowl of Hearty Beef and Stout Stew is a comforting choice for a cozy, winter supper. We use a slightly bitter, dark beer to cut through the richness of the stew. After simmering, the beer loses its edge and adds deep, roasted flavors that typically come from a slow braise.
Classic Beef Stew
Italian Beef Stew
Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits
This skillet beef stew is made even better when topped with homemade cheddar biscuits. You can easily swap out the beef for ground turkey if you prefer. When buying cheddar, color isn’t an indicator of flavor—white, orange, and yellow taste the same. Instead, pay attention to the sharpness. Mild cheddar contains the most moisture and melts the best, making it a good choice for baked goods, grilled cheese, or mac and cheese. Sharp cheddar is aged longer for a tangier punch, but it has less moisture, so it’s not ideal for melting.
French-Style Beef Stew
Classic technique layers flavors for rich, robust broth, and a late veggie add-in preserves texture.
Peppery Beef Stew With Root Vegetables
Irish Beef Stew
Slow simmered with Guinness and finished with a bit of Dijon mustard for depth, this rich and hearty beef stew is comfort food at its finest. Although we’re all for breaking out the Dutch oven for a Sunday supper, if you’re looking to whip this recipe up in a hurry, we’ve included instructions for achieving the same intensely savory Irish beef stew in the Instant Pot. Either way, you’re guaranteed tender beef and the perfect reason to pick up a loaf of fresh, crusty bread.
Instant Pot Beef Stew
This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light's wildly popular Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew to create a simple, speedy version of a comfort food favorite. As the original recipe notes, a nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew, but be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter.
Beef Stew with Buttery Garlic Bread
Bacon and Beef Stew
Savory, rich bacon and beef pair perfectly with beer, mustard, and red wine vinegar creating a well-rounded, complex flavor profile. The recipe comes together quickly and makes 16 cups--enough for 12 generous servings. Make sure to use low sodium beef broth to keep a balanced salt level. Serve with crusty bread, cornbread, or butter rolls.
Slow Cooker Beef-and-Barley Stew
Something wonderful happens over the long simmer in the slow cooker: The barley cooks to tender-chewy perfection, the beef becomes meltingly tender, and the liquid thickens to a beautiful gravy. Go with hulled, whole-grain barley here, and skip quick-cooking pearl barley; the latter isn't whole grain, and it will cook to mush over the long simmering time. If you can't find hulled barley, you can try wheat berries, whole-grain farro, rye berries, or Kamut instead. This soup is great for freezing, as it thaws and reheats beautifully.