Harry Ochs, the third-generation owner of Harry Ochs' Prime Meats in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, specializes in prime dry-aged steaks. But his personal favorite beef dish is stew made from inexpensive chuck shoulder pot roast. "This cut has more flavor than any other piece of meat,” Ochs says. For stew, pull off any chunks of white fat and cut into 1-inch cubes. Or, look for lean beef stew meat in your grocer’s meat counter. These inexpensive pieces are already cut to size. Beef stew freezes beautifully, so it pays to make a big batch. In addition to saving money, doing so will also save time.
Try these budget-friendly beef stew recipes: Beef Stew, Basic Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms, Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Wild Mushroom and Beef Stew, Curried Beef Stew, Red Wine-Marinated Beef Stew, Vegetable-Beef Stew.