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One-Pot Beef Stew Recipe

This classic beef stew is the comfort food you’ll want to make on a chilly weekend. Beef, onion, carrots, potatoes, and tomato sauce come together in one pot.

a beige plate with a white bowl on top of it filled with a meat beef stew and a spoon.

If you are feeding a crowd, double it easily and prepare it ahead of time, and just simmer to keep it warm and tender. After a few hours of cooking, the meat becomes amazingly tender! The flavors all combine into a deliciously comforting and cozy meal.

How do I choose the right kind of meat?

When choosing beef, any cut works. Because stew simmers for hours, even the inexpensive cuts will become tender, soft and will melt in your mouth. I don’t necessarily go for the meat labeled “beef stew meat” at the butcher shop.

You should ask the butcher what kind of meat it is before buying. I prefer to buy uncut meat and cut it at home into stew pieces myself. If you are on a budget, look for the front shoulder, or also known as the beef chuck roast.

stew in a bowl on a beige plate with a dark grey towel underneath and small bowls of salt and pepper on the sides with another bowl of stew on the side.

What ingredients are in this soup?

For the potato, I like to use Yukon gold potatoes for their silky-smooth taste. But russet potatoes work well too. Stew recipes are commonly made with carrots, onions, and tomato paste.

While most beef stew recipes have red wine, I recommend making it with the tomato flavors. That’s because that is how my family always made it. That way, you avoid the  overpowering taste of the wine.

The rest of the ingredients are simple, ones that you most likely always have on hand. Olive oil, water, salt and pepper to taste, and fresh dill for garnish. (You can also use parsley instead of the dill.)

Key Ingredients

beef stew recipe ingredients olive oil, salt, dill, pepper, tomato paste, onion, potatoes, carrots, and beef.
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • beef
  • carrots
  • yellow onion
  • potatoes
  • tomato paste
  • salt & pepper
  • water

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make One-Pot Beef Stew

Steps 1 & 2: Sauté beef

Heat extra virgin olive oil in a cast iron pot (or any pot).

Chop beef, then sauté in oil for 1 minute on medium-high heat. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

sauteed beef in a black pot.

Step 3: Add potatoes

Peel and chop the potatoes into fours (you don’t want small pieces, that would make it mushy), add to the beef.

sauteed beef with chopped potatoes in a pot.

Step 4: Add onion

Chop the yellow onion, add to the pot.

Step 5: Add carrots & tomato

Peel and slice carrots. Add them into the pot along with the tomato paste.

stew ingredients in a pot with tomato paste on top.

Step 6: Add water

Add just enough water to cover all the ingredients.

beef stew covered with broth cooking in a large black pot.

Steps 7 & 8: Season and simmer

Add salt and black pepper to taste.

Cover the lid and simmer for 1 hour on the lowest heat.

a stew cooking in a pot with spices sprinkled on top.

Step 9: Garnish

Garnish with fresh dill and serve!

one pot meat stew cooking in a large black pot with dill sprinkled on top.

Expert Tips

  • Ensure the ingredients are spread evenly in the pot to prevent overcrowding. This allows each component to cook uniformly. This beef stew cooks best in a large dutch oven dish.
  • Allow the stew to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This helps the flavors meld even further.
  • Use fresh herbs like dill, parsley, or even fresh rosemary to add delicious flavors. Dry bay leaves work wonders in beef stew recipes! 
  • Meal prep with this traditional beef stew recipe for a lot of homemade delicious meals throughout the week!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different cut of beef?

Yes, you can. Chuck or stew meat works well, but use other cuts such as sirloin if you prefer. I do not recommend using ground beef.

What can I serve with beef stew?

Crusty bread, rice, or mashed potatoes are great options to serve with beef stew.

Can I make this simple beef stew recipe spicy?

Certainly, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for a subtle kick. Adjust according to your spice preference.

a stew in a beige bowl with a spoon.

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One-Pot Beef Stew Recipe

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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Meat Dishes, Russian, Soup
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings8
Calories: 485kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb beef, boneless
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 7 potatoes, depending on their size
  • 3 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • salt and pepper
  • water
  • fresh dill, for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat extra virgin olive oil in a cast iron pot (or any pot).
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    a large black pot with a little bit of olive oil in it.
  • Chop beef, then sauté in oil for 1 minute on medium-high heat. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
    2 lb beef,, salt and pepper
    sauteed beef in a black pot.
  • Peel and chop the potatoes into fours (you don’t want small pieces, that would make it mushy), add to the beef.
    7 potatoes,
    sauteed beef with chopped potatoes in a pot.
  • Chop the yellow onion, add to the pot.
    1 yellow onion,
    chopped potatoes onions and meat in a large black soup pot.
  • Peel and slice carrots. Add them into the pot along with the tomato paste.
    4 carrots,, 3 Tbsp organic tomato paste
    chopped vegetables in a pot.
  • Add just enough water to cover all the ingredients.
    water
    stew ingredients in a pot with tomato paste on top.
  • Add salt and black pepper to taste.
    salt and pepper
    beef stew covered with broth cooking in a large black pot.
  • Cover the lid and simmer for 1 hour on the lowest heat.
    a stew cooking in a pot with spices sprinkled on top.
  • Garnish with fresh dill and serve!
    fresh dill,

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 1269mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5191IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4mg
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