Beef and Onions with Cumin

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

A very tasty stew that goes beautifully with rice and a crisp mixed salad. I got the basic recipe from a book purchased from a second hand shop and have adapted it. I sometimes add mushrooms and also serve it with a dollop of sour cream.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs chuck steaks or 1 12 lbs beef blade steak
  • 12 ounces onions
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 12 cups beef stock
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 12 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cut meat across the grain into thin fingerlength strips.
  2. Peel onions, slice crossways and separate into rings.
  3. Put the butter and oil into frying pan.
  4. Add the onion rings and cook covered, over a low heat until transparent.
  5. Turn them over constantly so that they cook evenly, but do not brown- remove from pan.
  6. Increase heat, put strips of meat into pan and brown.
  7. Add onion rings, sprinkle with flour and stir.
  8. When flour begins to colour, pour in stock.
  9. Add peeled and crushed garlic, cumin, marjoram, wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  10. Stir well, then cover and simmer for 1 hour over a moderate heat or until tender.


Most Helpful

I really enjoyed the cumin flavor in this dish. I served it with mashed potatoes. DH would like it with some traditional stew vegetables like potatoes and carrots.

threeovens March 03, 2012

This was very easy to make and quite tasty. My husband and 3 year old daughter liked it a lot. My 6 and 5 year old sons were wholly unimpressed (they can be very picky eaters). I thought it was pretty good; as I ate it I actually liked it more and more. The sauce could have been a little thicker; if I make it again I'll add more flour or some cornstarch to it.
Overall, you can't beat a recipe that has just a few ingredients, is easy to prepare, and tastes good! Thanks for sharing.

The Portugarians October 30, 2011

This was a tasty stew thanks Tansy. The vinegar really came through and added a nice and different flavour to it. I'm going to try it with the mushroomas and sour cream next time.

JustJanS April 17, 2004

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