Classic Beef Stew

My husband and I just returned home after an 11 day road trip to San Diego for Thanksgiving.  It was freezing cold when we returned to our home in Oregon, so I decided to make some Classic Beef Stew for our first dinner home.Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I found the recipe for this stew in one of my old copies of Taste of Home magazine years ago. I had cut out the recipe and saved it, but had never made this particular recipe before. I grew up in a home where my Mom made beef stew all the time, and that has been the recipe I have used for years, but decided to try this one, this time.

It turned out wonderful! This stew, filled with meat, potatoes, carrots, beans, and tomatoes is a hearty and comforting meal on a cold, cold day! The stew is baked over a couple of hours time, so the entire house smelled so amazingly good! My husband and I enjoyed this beef stew; it was easy to make, and since it yields 6-8 servings, we have leftovers for another meal!

Here is how you make this hearty stew:  Start by browning the stew meat (in an ovenproof baking dish is the best)…

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Onions, tomatoes, beef broth, garlic, and spices are added to the pan…

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

You will need to transfer the mixture to an ovenproof baking dish, if not already using one, then bake (covered) for 1½ hours.

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add potatoes, celery, carrots, and green beans. Mix well, to combine. Bake for an additional hour (covered).

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
When done, remove baking dish from oven, and dish the beef stew up into individual bowls!  You will be surprised at how tender the meat is!

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I sure hope you will give this beef stew a try… serve it with some crusty sourdough bread on the side, and you’ve got a perfect winter meal!

Classic Beef Stew / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe slightly adapted from: Taste of Home Magazine (year unknown), pg. 55, by Alberta McKay, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Classic Beef Stew
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A hearty, delicious, old-fashioned beef stew... perfect for a cold, winter day!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (or chuck roast), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 oz) diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 can (10-1/2 oz) beef broth, undiluted
  • 3 Tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca (or whisk in 2 Tablespoons flour)
  • 1½ garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup sliced celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a dutch oven or large pan, heat the oil until very hot. Add the beef cubes, and cook until all sides are browned. Drain the oil from pan.
  3. Add the onion, tomatoes, beef broth, tapioca (or flour), garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove pan from the heat.
  4. Cover pan (or transfer to an ovenproof large baking dish). Bake mixture in covered dish at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Remove from oven.
  5. Stir in carrots, potatoes, celery and green beans. Bake, covered, 1 hour longer, or until the meat and vegetables are tender. (mine took about 15 minutes longer).
  6. Remove bay leaf before serving. Enjoy!



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