Old Fashioned Beef Stew


¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 pound beef stewing meat, trimmed and cut into inch cubes
5 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup red wine
3 ½ cups beef broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
5 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 teaspoons salt



Combine the flour and pepper in a bowl, add the beef and toss to coat well. Heat 3 teaspoons of the oil in a large pot. Add the beef a few pieces at a time; do not overcrowd. Cook, turning the pieces until beef is browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch; add more oil as needed between batches.
Remove the beef from the pot and add the vinegar and wine. Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the beef, beef broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer.
Cover and cook, skimming broth from time to time, until the beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add the onions and carrots and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more. Add broth or water if the stew is dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle among 4 bowls and serve.



Recipe Notes:

  • For a thicker stew, you can add a slurry of cornstarch and water during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  • Feel free to customize the vegetables according to your preferences. You can add mushrooms, parsnips, or turnips for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • If you prefer a richer flavor, you can brown the beef cubes in bacon fat instead of vegetable oil.
  • This stew can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving. In fact, it often tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to meld together.


Nutrition Information:

Note: Nutrition information is approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes.

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Total Fat: 12g
    • Saturated Fat: 4g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
    • Dietary Fiber: 4g
    • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 30g


Old Fashioned Beef Stew is not just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace on a cold day, a taste of tradition, and a reminder of the simple pleasures in life. With its rich flavors and hearty ingredients, it’s sure to become a favorite in your household. So grab a bowl, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy the warmth and comfort of this timeless classic.

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