16 Beef Stew Recipes

Hearty, tasty, and full of protein, these beef stew recipes are comforting, warming, and guaranteed to leave no empty bellies.

Beef Daube Provençal

Beef Daube Provençal

This classic French braised beef, red wine, and vegetable stew is simple and delicious. The flavor and texture allow you to keep it warm for your guests. Buy a whole-grain baguette, bagged salad greens, and bottled vinaigrette to round out the meal.

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Basic Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms

Basic Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms

This classic beef stew recipe has all you expect in beef stew: tender chunks of beef, carrot, and potato. Yet the cremini mushrooms are a wonderful surprise.

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Belgian Beef and Beer Stew

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Belgian Beef and Beer Stew

An amber Belgian beer is ideal in this dish, though most amber beers or brown ales—such as Newcastle—would work just fine. Garnish with fresh thyme.

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Beef and Guinness Stew

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Beef and Guinness Stew

This hearty beef stew is made with lean boneless chuck that's cooked with carrots, parsnips and turnips and flavored with dark beer. Simmering it in a Dutch oven for about 2 hours makes the meat and vegetables fork tender and delicious.

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Beef, Beer, and Barley Stew

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Beef, Beer, and Barley Stew

You can use barley groats rather than pearl barley in this stew to give the dish a little more texture. Substitute rutabagas, parsnips, or other root vegetables of your choice for the carrots and turnips.

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Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

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Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

Take your basic beef stew to the next level by making this simple, fragrant beef tagine featuring butternut squash.

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Beef and Barley Soup

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Beef and Barley Soup

For a homestyle, comforting soup, cook this savory dish on a cold winter night for a meal that will warm you like a good sweater.  Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich or some crusty bread to dip in the broth.

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Vegetable-Beef Stew

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Vegetable-Beef Stew

We enjoyed this hearty stew with beef, but cubed leg of lamb would work, as well. For robust Irish flavor, use Guinness Stout or another stout for the beer that's specified in the recipe.

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Chinese Hot Pot of Beef and Vegetables

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Chinese Hot Pot of Beef and Vegetables

This comforting stew teams beef with spinach, an efficient pairing because the iron in the beef enhances your body's ability to absorb the iron in the spinach. Serve it over plain Chinese noodles or all by itself with some crusty French bread--it's delicious either way.

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Mushroom, Barley, and Beef Soup

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Mushroom, Barley, and Beef Soup

Try to use hulled barley for this soup-it's a less refined form of the grain that provides more fiber and iron than pearled barley, which will also work nicely. Beef stew meat also contributes iron, plus selenium. The mushrooms supply vitamin D and are a prime source of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may help prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of cancer.

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Italian Beef Stew

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Italian Beef Stew

Chunk roast marinates with carrots and onions in this savory stew. Red wine, cremini mushrooms, garlic, and basil gives it an Italian flavor that you won’t be able to pass up.

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Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew

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Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew

Cranberry sauce, pearl onions, and button mushrooms add interesting flavors to this stew. One reviewer had this to say: "This recipe was delicious and I loved the flavors together. I added the whole can of cranberries as other reviewers suggested and used a regular onion instead of pearl onions since I forgot them at the store. Tasted great! Also served over mashed potatoes." -Hollypop

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Provençal Beef Stew

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Provençal Beef Stew

Chuck roast, a tough cut of meat, grows tender in the slow cooker. Serve this rustic stew with crusty bread and red wine—perhaps a Côtes du Rhône or Chateauneuf-du-Pâpe from southern France.

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Beef Stew

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Beef Stew

Serve this Mediterranean-inspired stew over Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Make and keep warm in a Dutch oven or slow cooker.

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Hearty Beef and Potato Stew

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Hearty Beef and Potato Stew

This is a one-dish meal. Make the beef stew the night before, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate; reheat single servings in the microwave or a slow cooker set on HIGH the next day. To save prep time, use bottled peeled fresh garlic.

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French Onion Soup with Beef and Barley

French Onion Soup with Beef and Barley

This French onion soup is chock-full of fiber-rich barley for a tasty variation on the classic. You can omit the sherry or replace it with white wine if you wish.

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