Stoofvlees (Belgian Beef Stew)

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is a real Belgian recipe, there are many ways of making it, but this is one I came up with and changed it along the way. It has a rich, sweet sauce and absolutely tastes wonderful! Serve with french fries and apple sauce

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Glaze the onion in margarine in a large skillet.
  2. Add the beef and cook until it has browned.
  3. Add all of the beer, the beef, the chocolate and the bay leaf.
  4. Spread the mustard onto the slices of peperkoek or bread and place in top of the meat.
  5. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  6. Leave to cook on low heat for at least 1 1/2 hours, but the longer it cooks the better it tastes, stir from time to time preventing it to burn. The sauce should have a pretty thick consistency.
  7. The leftovers of this recipe can be frozen or the recipe can easily be doubled.
  8. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

I found this recipe so easy to follow, and the resulting dish is truly wonderful, that I use it often , and also get requests to cook it again when I invite friends to dinner. It's more than just Belgian winter comfort food, it is outstanding, especially when served with Brown Belgian beer, thanks for the recipe, A M-G.

a.marston-gill October 01, 2015

I liked the simple preparation of this meal but find the long cooking time a bit of a pain. Mine tasted a bit bitter. Next time I will add more sugar.

deon.sylvester June 09, 2006

This recipe sounded very good, but I'm very sorry to say that we just didn't like the taste. It was too dark and strong to our liking.

kolibri October 18, 2005