Now, this here is real beef stew. Take it from a Texican who's eaten C-Rats; stuff you polite folks don't talk about, and things you wouldn't even try to pronounce...<br/><br/>Gooid stew is universal, and this is the method to get to it. You don't gotta use all the stuff, but the basic method is still the only way to get to acceptable "beef stew."
I halved this for dinner for the three of us. It was really rich, tender and good, although my son complained it was a bit hot for his tastes. I reduced the cinnamon to about 1/2 a teaspoon and the cloves to a pinch as I am not fond of too much of either of them. I used about 1 cup of beef broth, and tossed in 1 cup of peas about 15 minutes before the stew was done to make a real one dish meal.