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Homemade Beef Stew with carrots and potatoes cooked in a Dutch oven with fresh parsley on top
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4.89 from 9 votes

Best Ever Beef Stew

This beef stew is hearty comfort food at its best! Tender and melt-in-your-mouth beef is simmered in a rich and divine sauce with carrots, onions, and potatoes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew recipe, how to make beef stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 493kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 large cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp salt see note
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 large carrots sliced
  • 1 lb baby potatoes
  • fresh parsley minced - optional


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Set aside a 5-7 quart heavy ovenproof pot.
  • Pat dry the beef with paper towels, and cut into 2-inch cubes.
  • Place pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tbsp olive oil and enough beef to fit in a single layer with some space in between.
  • Let the meat brown for 2 minutes, then turn the pieces to brown for another 2 minutes. Remove to a plate, and repeat with remaining oil and beef.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes using a wooden spoon and scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the browned beef, red wine, broth, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, flour, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and place in the middle of the preheated oven to braise for 2 hours until the meat is tender and the sauce thickened. 
  • Remove the pot from the oven and add the potatoes and carrots. Return to the oven for 30 minutes more.
  • Garnish with optional parsley. Serve and enjoy!


  • You may need to reduce the amount of salt if using salted beef broth.
  • Storage: Let the beef stew cool to room temperature before placing it in an airtight container. It can last up to 4 days when stored in the fridge.
  • Freezing: Place the beef stew in an airtight container or ziptop bag, and it will freeze well for up to 3 months.


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 1258mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4610IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5.2mg