Basic (No Tomato) Beef Stew

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

This is a "basic" beef stew recipe. Please feel free to add your favorite herbs, spices and vegetables to make this recipe "your own". Serve with crusty bread and a tossed green salad for a complete meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place flour in a plastic bag, add a few pieces of beef at a time shaking well to coat.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large sauce pan.
  3. Add meat and onions, brown meat well.
  4. Add beef broth (and wine if using), garlic, basil and thyme.
  5. Bring all to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours (or until meat is tender).
  6. Add potatoes, carrots and celery, cover pot, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes (or until potatoes are almost done).
  7. Add green beans (or peas) and simmer 10-15 minutes more.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

5 5

This stew has a wonderful flavor.We used peas instead of green beans and a Merlot for the wine. It was quite easy to prepare, and we will definitely make it again.

5 5

Excellent stew.Even my 'stew-hating' husband loved it.I have been looking for a no tomato stew recipe for years,this one is it.It has wonderful,down home flavor,just like grandma used to make.

5 5

Yum! The meat was tender and the gravy was flavorful. Thank you.