Adopted! Beef stew rates very high on the list of tasty dishes if the beef and other ingredients are of a good grade. Use a good grade of meat (sirloin) and pick out the best brands for the other ingredients off the grocery shelf. I was first introduced to beef stew when I enlisted in the USAF. It was one of my favorite dishes. I knew the basic ingredients, and when I left the service, I started preparing beef stew at home. Over the years, I kept adding to and subtracting from until I came up with this recipe. I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as I do.