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This Beef Stew Recipe is perfect for right now! Tender beef is simmered in beef broth with potatoes, onions, celery, peas, and carrots until they melt in your mouth. It’s comfort food heaven! We all need our comfort food, right about NOW!
How to Make Beef Stew
The secret to making the best stew is time! The longer the stew gets to simmer away, the better it’s going to taste! Because it requires a few hours of cooking time, this dinner recipe is perfect for making on the weekend. Start by choosing the right meat: I recommend using large, 1 1/2-inch chunks of beef tri-tip, beef roast or even beef short ribs. Preheat a large pan and sear the meat all over, giving it a nice color. This step is going to add lots of flavor so don’t rush the process!
Sear the beef and vegetables then combine them with red wine, beef broth, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. If you don’t use wine for cooking, you can replace it with more beef broth but I highly recommend adding it. The wine will add lots of flavor that you just can’t get otherwise. I also season the beef stew with my home-blended Essence Seasoning (recipe attached). Once the stew comes up to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer away for at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours – the longer it simmers, the softer and more tender the beef will be.
I like to add my own essence herb blend to this stew recipe and it’s super easy to make: I combine the following dried herbs: paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano and thyme. This is a great herb blend for the stew and I also use it for almost everything else.
When it comes to flavor, this classic beef stew isn’t messing around! This is seriously the best beef stew recipe ever! It’s made with chunks of slow-braised beef, baby potatoes, carrots, celery and peas. This hearty and warming chunky soup is so aromatic and flavorful, you’ll be coming back to this dinner recipe again and again!
Searing the beef pieces before you add the stock makes such a difference in the flavor you get from the soup. It’s really the only chance you have to get that delicious caramelization on the meat! As the veggies and broth simmer, you will really start to notice the flavors in the stew intensify. Peas cook quickly so I add them in the last few minutes! This stew recipe is also the perfect way to use up any vegetables you might be storing. If you’ve got leftover just chop ‘em up and throw them in!
I don’t know about you, but for me there’s almost no meal more warm and comforting than a heaping bowl of this Beef Stew and a slice of bread on a cold, wintery day. It’s truly comfort food at its finest – simple, basic ingredients coming together with lots of love to create a super flavourful dish. Is there anything better?