I realize that taste is a very subjective thing, but this really is the best beef stew I have ever eaten. The recipe was one my mother originally found in a Southern Living Magazine and adapted over twenty years ago, but I still make it and still use those same adaptations. I always serve it with some kind of bread (rolls, cornbread, garlic bread) and a green salad. It makes a wonderful meal anytime, but is especially welcome this time of year when it is cold outside. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
The Best Beef Stew
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsps. salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 lbs. stew beef
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 12 oz. can or bottle beer or 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp. steak sauce (I used A1.)
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 6 large red potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 5 carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 10 oz. package frozen green peas
- optional: parsley to garnish
- Put flour, salt, and pepper into a gallon sized zipper bag. Shake to combine.
- Add beef to bag and shake until well coated.
- Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over a medium high burner. Add onions and beef and cook until beef is browned on all sides.
- Stir in beer or broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, tomato sauce, garlic, bay leaves and thyme.
- Reduce heat to low and let simmer one hour.
- Stir in potatoes and carrots and let simmer another hour.
- Add peas and cook an additional 30 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves before serving.
- Top with parsley if desired.
Source: Adapted from Southern Living Magazine.
This recipe was shared on In and Out of the Kitchen with Feeding Big and More and Foodie Friends Friday.
Eileen deCamp says
Looks yummy for these still cold days! I can’t wait for spring!
I can’t wait for spring either!
The Contessa (Linda) says
This sounds warm and comfy. We’re having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa – What’d You Do This Weekend? I’d love it if you could bring this over to share.
Have a wonderful week,
Marlys @Thisand That says
I need this recipe today ~ would be perfect with this blizzard going on today.
Joanne/Winelady Cooks says
Your recipe sounds delicious. I like the addition of beer instead of broth. I’m going to try that.
I have to agree with you about stews and who has the best recipe. I love Southern Living magazine, so I know this recipe would be good! I am so glad you shared it and all of the changes your mother made!
By the way, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I am so glad you shared this.
I look forward to seeing what you bring next week.
Walking On Sunshine Recipes says
What a delicious looking stew! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!
Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) says
G’day! Looks warm and comforting Michelle!
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