Grandmas Beef Stew

READY IN: 8hrs
SERVES: 8-10
YIELD: 4 quarts




  • Cube the steak and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large, heavy pot (I used enameled cast iron).
  • Add the steak and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and bring back to temperature, then add the onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms and peppers.
  • Cook, stirring, for about 15 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  • Add the cauliflower, beans, garlic, fresh tomatoes, corn and potatoes and stir inches.
  • Pour in the diced tomatoes and broth and stir in the salt, cocoa, allspice, cumin, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire, soy sauce, ketchup and tomato paste.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and add back the beef.
  • Partially cover and cook, stirring every hour or so, for 3 hours.
  • Cover the pot completely and cook, stirring every hour or so, for 3 hours.
  • Stir in the peas and Veloutine, bring back to a boil and cook until thickened.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.