Hearty beef stew is full of tender beef, carrots, onions, celery, and baby red potatoes. It's a stick-to-your-ribs dinner, perfect for Sunday dinner or a family holiday meal.
There are simply not enough days until Christmas. I am thinking of starting a petition to bump it back to the end of January. It seems as though after Halloween there is this ma dash of prepping menus, cleaning, decorating and family get togethers that can quite frankly, stress people out.
In the summer (at least my family) you see your family all the time. It seems at least every other weekend there is a barbeque, game of horseshoes or birthday party that pulls everyone together. But none of those need any thought. Grab some burgers, grill some wienies, everyone will bring a side and party's on.
So, my suggestion is to bump the holidays back to January (don't worry we can still throw a small New Years shin dig) or make standard Christmas fare hot dogs and pre-sliced cheese. 😉
If you don't like that idea, then make some hearty beef stew!
Hearty Beef Stew
from The Pioneer Woman
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs butter
- 2 pounds stew meat, or chuck diced into cubes
- 1 whole medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 12-oz can beer
- 4 cups beef stock
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- ½ teas paprika
- ½ teas salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1-½ teas sugar
- 4 whole carrots, sliced
- 4 whole red potatoes, cut into ½" cubes
- 2 celery stalks, minced
- Fresh parsley
- 1-2 cups of water IF NEEDED
Heat oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown meat, removing to a plate when brown. Cut pieces in half. Cover with foil and set aside.
Using the same pot, add diced onions,; cook for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for one minute more. Add the beer, beef stock, Worcestershire, tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper, and sugar.Stir. Add beef back into the pot. Cover and simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Add carrots, celery, and potatoes, then cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
During the simmer period, the liquid should reduce to a thicker state. If it becomes to thick, add a bit of water to thin it out.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with freshly minced parlsey in big bowls.
Speaking of holiday planning, I just found out I'm hosting Christmas dinner. So, any suggestions would be welcome....
Blog is the New Black says
A winter fav! YUM!
Tanya C. says
I will be the first to sign your petition! I am scambling to get the tree up, finish my shopping, and trying to keep up with the kids! A few extra weeks would do me a world of good! The beef stew looks wonderful, one of my favorite things to make in the winter.
The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says
That may be the absolute most awesomest picture of beef stew I've ever seen in my life. I'll sign the petition, but I'd rather just sign something that gets all the parties spread throughout the the year. Why wait until now to do cookie swaps? Why not do a summer swap? I'd probably get less chocolate and more citrus flavored cookies and bars that way.
But for now, I want stew. That stew. Wow, oh wow.
Baker Street says
Wow, love what it looks and those big cut of red potatoes looks Yummzz...
Belinda @zomppa says
Gosh, that stew is calling my name. I'm coming!
Kiri W. says
Mmm, looks so delicious and comforting 🙂 I love the use of coors light, haha 😀 Great recipe!
Sandra's Easy Cooking says
I wish I can smell the aroma of your stew..I can imagine both taste and aroma..yummy stuff and great recipe!!
I'm adding stew to my menu immediately...this looks fantastic and perfect for this winter blast of weather 🙂
Kim - Liv Life says
Oh, how I LOVE Beef Stew! I always used to ask for it for my birthday and while mom complained (just a little ) she always made it for me. I've not been as successful as she was in making it, but this one really has all the ingredients in it that I love. I think I just may have to give it a try!
wow, this stew is too pretty to eat...almost.
amanda @ fake ginger says
Quit! I'm so excited for Christmas - I wish it was tomorrow!
I pinned this recipe awhile ago and really need to make it. It looks amazing!
Cassie @ bake your day says
I have been hungry for beef stew. This sounds perfect Kita. And my husband will love that you used Coor's Light...that's his kind of beer, always in our fridge!
Angela@ Mind Over Batter says
Beef stew is one of three reasons I'm not vegetarian... This looks yummy enough to make me reach into my screen and pluck a piece of beef and a potato. Oh wait - I can't do that. Darn fake future!
Your stew looks amazing Kita! Dishes like these are one of the things I look forward too while waiting for cold weather to arrive.
I will totally sign that petition!! I think with enough singnatures we could convince the big guy! This bowl of stew has got mouth mouth watering! I'm longing for a bowl of hot soup to warm me up!!
I made beef bourguinon one year, huge hit! Similar to this stew, which looks fabulous!
kimberly (unrivaledkitch) says
the photos are great! So hard to make beef stew pop like this gorgeous. Red potatoes are my favorite. I have a problem cooking with beer... I have to drink two and cook with one 🙂 wine and sake is even worse hahaha
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
I need more time too. Either that or the days need to be longer!! This beef stew looks great! It's similar to mine, but I have never tried adding beer, I love it!
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
Nothing like a hearty beef stew to get you through the winter! I can't believe how soon Christmas is. Now that we live away from family it seems like more work. My in laws get here on the 22nd - I am kind of freaking out!!
Parsley Sage says
I like your January plan. I <3 sliced cheese.
Can we have this stew too?
This stew looks amazing! I know if you're hosting dinner this year, everyone will feast! Beautiful pictures (as always)
Jenny @ Savour the Senses says
Beef stew is the perfect meal for the holiday chaos. If you are looking for holiday ideas, I would say go with tri-tip or pot roast. and of course garlicy mashed potatoes!