Easy Beef Stew

Easy Beef Stew

I’ve now lived in 4 states including Ohio, Florida, California, and Arizona and hands down, California has the best weather! It’s been just chilly enough for me these past couple of months to pull out my favorite cozy sweaters, but not so cold, I want to die (like I do when I go to Ohio). We’ve also been enjoying a healthy amount of rain which I also love!

We’ve been having a lot of soups, stews, and slow cooker meals because they are just warm and comforting and super easy since I’ve been feeling super lazy towards the end of this pregnancy. I was looking through some really old blog posts last week and came across this post for my mom’s beef stew and couldn’t believe it has been so many years since I last made it so I made a big pot last weekend and re-shot the hideous photos!

Easy Beef Stew

This beef stew is pretty simple to make, but it does take about 4 hours to cook. I promise that it is worth the time because that is how the beef gets so wonderfully tender! I like to add some tomato paste and extra red wine to my stew because of the richer flavor they add. It’s a great meal for lazy weekends served with some warm and crusty bread.

Easy Beef Stew

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Easy Beef Stew

Yield: 6 servings

Cook Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2-2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups whole pearl onions, peel outer layer
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions:

  1. Add flour, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Heat oil in a large pot, dredge beef in the flour. Add to pot and brown meat on each side for approximately 3 minutes. Add water, wine, and tomato paste. Simmer on low heat for 2 hours until the meat is tender.
  2. Add in the onions and carrots. Add more salt and pepper as needed. Simmer for another hour and a half.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook for an additional 30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. Add the peas during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking. Serve.
   

21 comments

  1. The beef stew looks amazing! …..I have weekends like that, too! Hubby and I are currently re-watching Dallas on Netflix. I enjoy visiting old series. It’s amazing how much technology has changed. Nobody knew what a blog was in Dallas or the Wonder Years – that’s for sure!

  2. I love the wonder years! And I love beef stew! Yours looks great. I’ve been craving the stuff I used to eat as a kid as of late too. This looks so good to cozy up on the couch and watch tv with!

  3. This looks delicious and hearty-perfect for the cool weather. Sometimes nothingness is the best way to spend the day, especially since that opportunity does not come around often. One big bowl of your stew would be a great way to round out the day-thanks for sharing this one!

  4. Oh…this sounds perfect! I have some stew meat in my freezer too! Yummy!

  5. YUM.. I love beef stew in fall and winter! So hearty and comforting.. and I love that you put peas in there… mm peas… :)

  6. perfect time to make a beef stew,,,looks so homemade and nice to have it in cooler weather.

  7. My Mom made a stew like this when I was young and I loved it! So perfect for the cooler months, nice and hearty!

  8. Aww, Wonder Years! I’m so happy that the cold weather is coming back so we can enjoy stew again. :)

  9. I’m having one of those weeks now! I can definitely relate! Love the beef stew though… looks so warm and comforting!

  10. Is gonna get chilly in Florida this week, this sounds like the perfect dinner!! I love the peas in the stew.

  11. That’s too funny! It poured down rain here, and I curled up and was watching my way through season 3 of House! Perfect weather for stew.

  12. Love beef stew. I tried one earlier in the week and something was just off. Yours looks amazing and tasty – just the way beef stew should be.

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