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

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.

songofbernadette February 10, 2003

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.

Divinemom5 January 20, 2003

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

Katanashrp February 28, 2013