Total Time
8hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 hrs

I used to make this on the stove over very low heat, but since I got a crockpot, I use that. This is good served over white or brown rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  2. Place butter in the bottom of a large crockpot.
  3. Add the meat and turn to coat with butter.
  4. Arrange the onions over the meat.
  5. Mix the tomato paste through the garlic, and pour over the meat and onions, but do not stir.
  6. Add the bay leaf through the raisins; do not stir.
  7. Simmer on low 8-10 hours.
  8. At serving time, remove the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cloves and stir the stifado gently to blend.
Most Helpful

Sweet-toothed DH absolutely loved this. I added some dried cranberries, too, and used balsamico because that's what I had. Will make this again! Thanks for posting.

Mia in Germany February 18, 2011

This was very easy to make, and DH loved the taste. I used yellow onions that I sliced thick. Thank you!

yogiclarebear January 01, 2008

I made this as a take-home meal for my DS, I actually thought that he would have two meals out of it, but it has already been devoured totally and given high reviews!. I did increase pretty much all the ingredients, and added in some dried oregano. This is absolutely delicious, please do not omit the raisins, it really makes this dish! I plan on trying this with pork also! thanks echo!...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz April 08, 2006