Old-Time Beef Stew (Paula Deen)

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

One of our favorite stews! Great on chilly nights! My notes are in parentheses. This makes a thick stew.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Remove bay leaves. Add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes longer or until vegetables are cooked.
  3. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using seperate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly and thickened. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Very good stew! The allspice and paprika is wonderful in this! I did add my vegetables after 1 hour of meat simmering and then simmered for an additional 45 minutes. There was only about 1 1/4 cups of hot liquid so use only half of the cornstarch/water mixture. Thank you Sweets Lady for sharing. Made for PRMR.

WiGal July 17, 2011

I liked the flavour of this dish, but there was far too little liquid - is there an error in this recipe?

Atomic Girl Cooks! January 29, 2008

I love this stew! I always double the liquid, cornstarch, and spices because we like lots of gravy. I also add a pack of mixed vegetables. I'm cooking this today and will add diced red potatoes this time.

Chef Delicia August 22, 2015