Easy Homemade Beef Stew

by Suzan Ferreira
Easy Homemade Beef Stew image showing beef stew in a cup with two handles on a plate with homemade biscuits on the side

This easy homemade beef stew satisfies even the hardiest of appetites on a cold winters day. Made with simple ingredients, this beef stew recipe made using one pot is one your family will be asking for again and again.

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There may be no better meal on a blistery cold winters day than beef stew. This is one beef stew recipe that my family begs for time and again. Especially when served with our delectable homemade biscuits. Just sayin’ 😉

I don’t know about you, but any recipe that uses only one pot is my kind of recipe. Add to that a recipe that is quick to put together and lets the stove do all the work is a keeper for sure.

What makes the process even better? When I let the antique cookstove do triple duty! Heat the homestead, dry the clothes, and cook the meal. It warms my heart thru & thru.

Easy Homemade Beef Stew image in pot on antique cookwoodstove

Below you will find my simple, easy to make homemade beef stew recipe so you don’t have to scroll, scroll, scroll to find it. Should you be interested in variations, substitutions, and tips for making yours the best version you can, be sure to continue reading.


If there is only one piece of advice I can extend, it’s to sear your beef first. This is where you begin to build the flavors by carmelizing the meat, developing the dark bits & pieces known as the “fond” that create depth of flavor. So don’t skip this part. You can thank me later 😉

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As I make most of our dishes gluten-free now for my daughter to enjoy as well, this beef stew uses no flour, dredging, or flour based roux. Using potato in the recipe will allow the stew to naturally thicken a bit.

To thicken further once the stew has fully simmered, I use a cornstarch slurry, by simply diluting several tablespoons of cornstarch with cold water and mixing it into the stew. Although it does not come out as thick as we prefer, it still thickens somewhat. That being said, I will give variations below on thickeners you can give a try.

Easy Homemade Beef Stew pin made for Pinterest showing vegetable uncut on a cutting board and boasting of making this stew using wholesome ingredients

So, let’s get cooking, or stewing as the case may be….

  • PREP THE BEEF – Begin by prepping beef, I use only 1# of stew beef but you can adjust according to your desire. Cut the pieces of beef of your choice into bite size chunks, making sure they are all approximately the same size. Salt & pepper to taste.
  • BROWN THE BUTTER – This stew is made using whole ingredients, and that means good ole’ fashioned butter. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt and brown approximately 1/2 stick of butter.
  • SEAR THE BEEF – On medium to medium/high heat, begin searing the beef on all sides making sure a good caramelization has developed. Don’t worry about the pan developing dark areas, this is what you are seeking.
  • PREP THE VEGETABLES – What you use for veggies is up to you. Potatoes, carrots, & turnip is what we really enjoy, but feel free to experiment.
Easy Homemade Beef Stew image showing potatoes, carrots, and turnip on cutting board

NOTE: Keeping the veggies approximately the same size so as they cook evenly is recommended. Should you want to add peas for instance, I would add them toward the end of the simmering time.

  • ADD THE VEGETABLES – Being the lazy kitchen wench that I am, I don’t bother to remove the meat and saute the vegetables prior to adding the stock or water. They cook within the liquid just fine in my humble opinion. Feel free to pre-cook with the fond (brown bits) if you like for 1-2 minutes.
Easy Homemade Beef Stew image of seared beef with pre-cut vegetables being dropped into the pan
  • ADD BROTH – I prefer to add my homemade bone broth in lieu of water or beef stock. Whichever you decide to use, just cover the vegetables and beef with the liquid.
  • ADD SEASONINGS – I add 2 Tbl Beef Boullion, my preferred brand is Organic Better Than Boullion, and sprinkle with black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • COVER & COOK – Bring all to a slow boil, reduce heat to a strong simmer, and simmer for 3-4 hours or until the beef is fork tender.
  • THICKEN – To keep GF, thicken using 2 TBL cornstarch mixed slightly with cold water & add to the stew, simmering for several minutes.

THICKENER ALTERNATIVE: Another favorite way to truly thicken the stew is to make a roux. Melt 1/4 C butter in a small saucepan to which add 1/4 C flour. Increase the amounts if needed. Whisk at low heat for several minutes creating a thick butter consistency. Add to the stew and simmer for 1-2 minutes.

Easy Homemade Beef Stew image of cooked stew in pot on stove

How easy is that? My kind of meal, quick in prep and cleanup!

Easy Homemade Beef Stew image showing beef stew in a cup with two handles on a plate with homemade biscuits on the side

Easy Homemade Beef Stew

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 3 voted )


  • 1-2# Stew Meat (or beef cut of your choice)
  • 6-7 Medium to Large Carrots
  • 6-8 Medium Sized Potatoes
  • 1 Medium Sized Turnip
  • *Vegetables of your choice


  • PREP THE BEEF - Begin by prepping beef. Cut the pieces of beef of your choice into bite size chunks, making sure they are all approximately the same size. Salt & pepper to taste.
  • BROWN THE BUTTER - In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt and brown approximately 1/2 stick of butter.
  • SEAR THE BEEF - On medium to medium/high heat, begin searing the beef on all sides making sure a good caramelization has developed. 
  • PREP THE VEGETABLES - Cut vegetables of your choice into same size pieces
  • ADD THE VEGETABLES - Add your prepped vegetables to the pot
  • ADD BROTH -  Cover the vegetables & beef with water, broth, or bone broth
  • ADD SEASONINGS - Add 2 Tbl Beef Boullion (or to taste) and season with black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • COVER & COOK - Bring all to a slow boil, reduce heat to a strong simmer, and simmer for 3-4 hours or until the beef is fork tender.
  • THICKEN - Thicken the stew prior to serving using either cornstarch, a roux, or alternative thickener of your choice


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*Keep roughly the same size vegetables when prepping *Add smaller vegetables such as peas toward the end of the cooking process

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Once you have made this recipe for yourself, you may find it boasts a wonderful flavor as is. There are variations or additions you can add, however.

Here are few to consider if you like…

  • Add tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf, and worcestershire sauce to the beef and cook for 1 minute prior to adding the vegetables and broth
  • Add red wine, rosemary, and garlic to the beef and saute for a minute or two prior to adding veggies & broth
  • When adding the broth, add 1/2 the amount of broth along with a good tomato juice as your liquid along with worcestershire sauce, thyme, and a bay leaf
  • To the beef, add tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, a bay leaf, and a bit of balsamic vinegar

As you can see, the variations are limitless. We, however, really enjoy keeping it simple, as is.


There are other choices of which type of beef cut you choose to use other than stew meat when making this homemade beef stew.

By choosing other cuts of beef (chuck roast or round roast) and cutting it into chunks yourself, you will be saving a few pennies. As we purchase our beef from a local farm, we have limited options for cuts & prefer to use the stew meat. Most beef cuts will work wonderfully as this stew simmers long and slow, ending in a tender meat.


Here again, we have choices. It’s a personal choice, but I prefer to use my homemade bone broth when making beef stew. If you’ve never made your own bone broth, be sure to check out my how to. It’s worth the effort. Not only am I getting all the nutrient benefits from my bone broth, but also the deep flavor.

You can of course use your favorite beef stock, either homemade or purchased, or simply use water. If using only water, be sure to keep an eye closely on the seasoning. You will most likely need to add additional flavorings for a full bodied stew.


The trick to enjoying a wonderfully, tender stew meat is all in the prep and the low & slow cooking. Skip either one and you can be sure your meat will be tough. Period.

Caramelize the meat first and then once the stew is boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook the full 3-4 hours. You won’t regret it.


One of the major benefits of making a large pot of soup or stew is the leftovers. I eat leftovers for breakfast, just sayin’ 😉

This beef stew can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, reheated as needed. It can also be frozen in your favorite freezer container if for some reason it lasts longer than that.

As an added thought for all you food preppers out there, this is a wonderful meal to freeze in individual serving sizes!


Our favorite way to enjoy a steaming bowl of this stew is with a homemade biscuit. Very rarely, and only when I am exhausted and don’t have the energy to make these delectable biscuits, do we forgo making them.

On those rare occasions, we enjoy either a good homemade flatbread cracker or break off a bit of homemade bread or baguettes to enjoy alongside.

I hope you can give this easy homemade beef stew a try! Make it in the crockpot, on the stove top, or even in the oven. No matter which method of cooking you choose, you will surely enjoy it!

I would love to hear from you! Comment in the section below or on any social media channel (if you haven’t already followed, liked, or subscribed, please do!).

Have you given this recipe a try?

Love, Light, & Laughter ~

Signature of Suzan from It's My Sustainable Life

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Cindy Rust January 8, 2021 - 2:19 pm

This looks so tasty!! I love making beef stew – and definitely searing the beef first makes a world of difference to the flavor!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Suzan Ferreira January 9, 2021 - 10:27 am

Thank you, Cindy! It is one of our families favorite winter type stews to make. Thank you for stopping by!

Carrie Pankratz December 22, 2020 - 4:05 am

This looks delicious. I love beef stew on snowy, winter days.

MissKorang December 21, 2020 - 5:00 am

This sounds similar to something I copied from a friend ad cook for my kids frequently. I didn’t know about the seating with butter. Will definitely do that next time. I have no doubt it will add loads of flavor. Thanks for sharing

Alice December 21, 2020 - 12:11 am

Great recipe. I never thought about turnips in beef stew.

Ann @ Live The Old Way December 20, 2020 - 9:59 pm

Putting turnips in it sounds really good! Beef Stew is a staple at our house so I’m definitely going to try turnips in there. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop.

Linda Primmer December 20, 2020 - 6:33 pm

Such comfort food Suzan. thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. I am happy to feature your Beef Stew on Sunday.

Danielle Ardizzone December 19, 2020 - 4:58 pm

Beef stew is one of my crockpot “regulars”! Thanks for the recipe!

Denise Lenahan December 18, 2020 - 7:07 pm

I agree with an earlier comment, I hadn’t ever thought about adding turnip to beef stew. It sounds yummy, I will have to make some this weekend. It’s snowed here and is cold here! lol Thank you for sharing this recipe 👍🏼

Marianne December 17, 2020 - 1:34 pm

We love a good stew in the colder months. We add red wine to ours as well as a roux to thicken. Yum! LOVE your antique stove BTW!

Suzan Ferreira December 17, 2020 - 1:56 pm

That is a wonderful traditional way to make it! Thank you, we love her as well!

Barbara December 17, 2020 - 5:34 am

Your recipes are always such great ones!

Sandra Barrett December 16, 2020 - 11:54 am

I never thought of putting turnip in my beef stew, great idea.

Sabrina DeWalt December 16, 2020 - 5:24 am

I agree homemade stock is the best. This recipe sounds so easy.

Lisa December 15, 2020 - 10:33 pm

Yummy! I love a really great stew. This recipe looks totally doable and super delicious.

Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie December 15, 2020 - 9:41 pm

Beef stew is definitely a comfort soup during the cold season! Sounds yummy!

Thanks for sharing with us on the Embracing Home and Family linkup party!

Sydney Delong-Eat Simply Sweet December 15, 2020 - 5:37 pm

This sounds amazing! I like the addition of browned butter, I’ve never done that or stew!

Suzan Ferreira December 16, 2020 - 11:10 am

It definitely adds a depth of flavor! Thank you for reading & hope you enjoy!!

Alyssa December 15, 2020 - 1:46 pm

That looks delicious! I absolutely love beef stew, actually just about any stewed meat!

Amy Irvin December 15, 2020 - 1:30 am

I’m not lying, my mouth is watering. Funny, but true. Thanks. I will have to make this before the end of the Winter.

Suzan Ferreira December 15, 2020 - 10:44 am

Too funny! Enjoy!!

Tiffany December 14, 2020 - 11:38 pm

Ohhhhh, I haven’t had a good stew in awhile!

Debbie December 14, 2020 - 11:29 pm

This is a perfect and timely recipe! It’s stew weather now!

Lisa Manderino December 14, 2020 - 11:22 pm

Beef stew is the perfect winter meal. We use to make this all the time when I was a kid!

Tricia Snow December 14, 2020 - 9:56 pm

One of my winter faves! I can’t wait to try this one.

Suz @ TravelsWithSuz.com December 14, 2020 - 8:42 pm

Beef Stew is one of my favorite dishes – love stews and soups in the winter. I usually make Beef Bourginone (even though I can’t spell it!), and my housemate makes the more traditional stew, like your recipe.
Even better, we bought a beautiful new enameled cast iron Dutch oven, that’s the bomb!
Mmm…now I’m hungry!

Kristin December 14, 2020 - 6:14 pm

I am all about one-pot meals. I cook to live, not live to cook! I love a great stew in the winter with plenty of veggies for my kiddos. This looks perfect for us.

Holly B December 14, 2020 - 5:46 pm

I made this and it was wonderful and the one pound of beef was perfect, I cut it into smaller pieces and the searing help add flavor to the stew! Thank you for another great recipe!

Suzan Ferreira December 14, 2020 - 7:35 pm

I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Holly! Thank you for giving it a try.

Roselyn Franke December 10, 2020 - 4:26 pm

Sounds really good and easy to make. I agree with you – one pot dishes are great. Now that’s it is staring to get a little cooler in Arizona, stew will be good on a chilly night!


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