Kokkinisto Beef Stew

"This is one of my best recipes and my ex-husband was actually hesitant (just a little, the miscreant--George, I know you will probably read this trying to steal my recipes, so relax...we need some entertainment value here)to leave me due to the fact that no other woman could make this like moi."
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Heat oil in a large pot on medium high heat. Brown the beef cubes on all sides and season with salt.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and parsley to the beef and sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they release some juice for a minute or two.
  • Add the cloves and cinnamon and stir.
  • Add the two cans of tomato sauce.
  • Then take one of the emptied cans and fill it with water. Add two can-fulls of water.
  • Taste and season if necessary.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to low heat and cover. Let it simmer for 2 and a half hours or until meat is tender and sauce has thickened.
  • Serve with thin spaghetti or egg noodles and top with grated cheese.

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  1. It's definitely a hit with my hubby and I. The only thing I changed was I put it in the slow cooker after I sautéed everything. And then continued to follow instructions. It cooked all day while I was at work and it came out pretty good, the meat just fell apart and the flavored blended nicely. I will have to add a little more salt next time. Oh and I added 5 whole cloves instead of 3-4.
  2. Simple and delicious - have made this several times before following this recipe and have a pot cooking right now, so I'm finally giving the recipe the rating it deserves :) ! In my experience I need to cook it for longer to get the meat really soft, but it will depend on the cut of meat. This also freezes well - so I make a ton and freeze in portions. Thanks for the recipe!


I am a young, gorgeous, domesticated nymph-like creature who stays at home and concocts delectable, saliva-inducing treats. I employ my husband as the guinea pig for anything I just randomly manage to put together. Not to worry, he is very pleased with his current position. No, but really, I am a young Greek-American wife who loves to cook, and being that I am unemployed at the moment, I like to experiment with lots of flavors and ideas. I am a Food Network Junkie, and I watch all the cooking shows on public television and Discovery Home. While I am fixated on all these programs, my brain behaves like a sponge and my culinary sensors go off like sirens. Other than that, my other talents include being a geek (Greek geek at that), drawing, writing, being multilingual, tutoring, writing papers for lazy college bums, doing housework (my house must be immaculate so I may eat off the floor at my own will), I love to play the old, very first Nintendo, and Nancy Drew computer games.
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