A classic beef stew recipe is an easy way to clean out the fridge, so add any odds or ends you have hanging around. Adjust the seasonings as you like. I tend go do lighter on the seasonings just to keep it mild and meaty, but sometimes I do just the opposite. Lately I’ll add a ¼ cup of BBQ sauce to jazz things up. There are no rules when it comes to beef stew, so go for it.
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Beef Stew Recipe
1½ lbs STEW BEEF
¼ cup ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
1 GREEN BELL PEPPER (chopped)
1 15oz can DICED TOMATOES
2 lg CARROTS (chopped)
2 POTATOES (chopped)
1 lg ONION (sliced)
3-4 cloves GARLIC (sliced)
1 14oz can BROTH (chicken or beef)
CELERY? why not?
3 Tbsp OLIVE OIL
1 Tbsp CORIANDER
1-2 tsp CUMIN
1 BAY LEAF
(Optional) 1-2 tsp CHILI POWDER…or try a ¼ cup of BBQ sauce!
1 Tbsp BUTTER
Chop up your veggies, dude.
In a bowl, season your stew beef with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup flour and toss the meat until coated.
In a large pot, heat oil on medium high heat and add beef. Sear beef and turn to cook each side. Remove beef from pot and add onions and butter. Melt butter and then add garlic and bell pepper. Saute onions, garlic, and pepper 8-10 minutes. Add cumin and coriander (add chili powder if desired, or mustard powder, cayene pepper, etc.–I tend to go light on the seasonings for a simple flavor). Return meat to the pot and add 1 can of diced tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes and then add 1 can of broth (chicken or beef or veg–whatever’s handy and floats your boat). Add carrots, celery, and a bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add potatoes. Your potatoes should be cut into big, ping-pong-ball sizes so they don’t cook down to nothing. Add water as needed, just enough to cover your ingredients in the pot–don’t add too much water–we want a nice, thick stew when we’re done.
Cover, and continue to simmer for another 45-50 minutes.
And that’s it, man. Give it a taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Serve it with a thick slice of buttered bread and enjoy being the King or Queen of the castle.
The music is “Old Man Blanchard” by Josh Woodward. Music track used with permission Creative Commons: By Attribution and found at this