Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Simple home-style cooking is always the best and every culture loves stew - this version is a favourite in my family! Sometimes, I'll add parsnips or turnips - at other times, I'll omit the potatoes & serve over broad noodles - and occasionally, I top it with dumplings!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pat meat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat oil & butter together in a large heavy saucepan.
  3. Add meat & cook, stirring constantly, until browned all over.
  4. Remove from pot, cover & set aside.
  5. To juices remaining in pot, add chopped onion & cook, stirring often, until tender.
  6. Add a little more butter, if necessary.
  7. Stir in flour & cook, stirring, until mixture is golden.
  8. Return meat to pot.
  9. Add next 6 ingredients (if using wine, I recommend adding this first to deglaze) - bring to a boil, stirring up browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  10. Reduce heat, cover & simmer until the meat is tender- about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  11. Add vegetables & continue to simmer until veggies are tender- about 30 minutes.
  12. Taste & adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  13. Sprinkle with parsley.
Most Helpful

This was an excellent beef stew. We really enjoyed it. Simmering the beef for 1 1/2 hours made the meat nice and tender, without making the vegetables mushy. Unfortunately, I didn't have a can of tomatoes in the house, so I tried this recipe without them, and we thought it was wonderful anyway. I'll try it agian with the tomatoes.

Hag chef January 30, 2004

I dipped my stew beef pieces in flour before frying to seal in the juices then proceeded as it says in the directions. The result was tender beef full of flavor, and the stew was really delicious! We really loved this recipe and will have it often in the cold months!

CooksSoGood April 30, 2008