The Best Browned Beef Stew Ever

"I originally found this recipe at Recipe Goldmine but have added and subtracted after trial and error. The original recipe called for a 10 oz pkg of frozen peas to be added during the last 15 minutes of cooking. I usually add a little rosemary and cayenne. Can add the spices you wish. This is very good!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins




  • Put flour, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven.
  • Place meat in bag with the flour and shake until well coated.
  • Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil and stir until slightly browned, Add remaining flour from the bag and the finely chopped onion.
  • Stir until well browned.
  • Add finely chopped carrot and next 4 ingredients.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours (stirring every 15 minutes).
  • Add diced potatoes, carrots, and onions, cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Questions & Replies

  1. Looks good, taste is fine, but it’s rather soupy. Followed direction exactly. Should I add some flour/ corn starch? Thanks, carl
  2. I see a lot of the reviews added wine. I don’t drink wine so I never use it to cook with but I’d love to try to cook with wines, I just have no idea what kind to use because I’ve always heard you should cook with wines that you drink. How do I choose which wines to use?
  3. Can I put this in the crock pot?
  4. Can I do this in the crock pot instead of a dutch oven? If so - any idea about how long?
  5. Can I double this one?


  1. After reading numerous recipes and reviews, I settled on this one for my 1st ever stew. Yumm! I added a packaged of onion soup mix to the flour to coat the meat, would add onions at the same time as the meat next time so they cook more. Added 2 carrots in the beginning and no extra carrots or onions at the end. Added 1 cup red wine (mmmm) for 4 total cups of liquid with the beef broth. Also used 5 red potatoes total and added them at the same time as the liquid so they would cook all the way through. I served over egg noodles for a one-dish meal. Was about 90 min total cooking time and so worth it.
  2. This recipe has been included in book#246531. This has the hearty, old-fashioned taste that I've been looking for. The meat cooked up so tender, and the gravy was really delicious! I added a few fresh mushrooms and 1/4 cup of barley I had on hand. The whole family loved it and it is a perfect dinner for a cold evening! Thanks for posting this terrific recipe!
  3. I have to agree with the name! This is the best beef stew I've ever made, and I've made a few! I've made it twice now, and the the second time I made a few changes that made it just a teensy bit better! I added about a cup of red wine with the beef broth, some crushed red pepper flakes and rosemary and about a cup and a half of frozen peas at the very end. Served it up with Irish Soda Bread rolls...perfect!
  4. Great stew, just make sure you stir it often enough because mine burned at the bottom a bit. Thank you.
  5. This stew was really good. I only wish the gravy was a little smoother. I followed the recipe to step 5 then put it all in my crockpot. I used 3 medium potatoes and 4 carrots and I think it needed more of both. I also used 3 cups of very flavorful homemade stock and needed 2 more cups of water to cover it all. I didnt have thyme, so I added dill, marjoram and rosemary. Also, some worchestershire. Thanks for sharing, I will make this again.


  1. Added a little extra flour and a whole head of freshly peeled garlic (we have a garlic abuse problem in my household. Others abuse alcohol, we abuse garlic.) Used five red potatoes, diced a bit finely. Added a shake of worcestershire, a fair amount more thyme, a bit of red pepper flake, and a whole lotta rosemary.
  2. Followed recipe EXCEPT...NO salt to season at start....Broth has sufficient salt. No Worcestershire needed. After meat is browned, 1/2 Tspn Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, add 2 shallots + 2 med onions chopped. The broth (2 cup beef broth, 2 cup water w/1 beef demi-glaze packet from Savory and 1/2 cup red wine) to meat and simmered 1 hour stove top. Then veggies. (no salt required to season meat or veggies seeing broths had sufficient salt (I could add some later). CAME OUT AWESOME and tad heart friendly.
  3. This was fantastic! Perfect snow day meal! I used baby carrots instead of sliced carrots in the final step. Delicious and hearty dinner! Thank you!
  4. Substituted out potatoes for diakon radish and added rosemary, white pepper and a pinch of dry mustard.
  5. I cooked it in a 14in skillet with lid to substitute for a large dutch oven, however due to the cook time, my broth had boiled off a bit and was non-existant by the time I put my final vegetables in. Next time I think I'll use 4-4.5 cups of broth in that container. Cheers


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