This Best Ever One Pot Beef Stew recipe is a deliciously easy classic beef stew recipe that slow cooks to perfection on the stove top and in the oven. It’s comfort food at its finest and it’s incredibly flavourful – perfect for a cold day!
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I don’t know about you, but for me there’s almost no meal more warm and comforting than a heaping bowl of this Best Ever One Pot Beef Stew and a slice of crust bread on a cold, wintery day. It’s truly comfort food at its finest – simple, basic ingredients coming together with lots of love to create a super flavourful dish. Is there anything better?
It just doesn’t get any more basic than this Best Ever One Pot Beef Stew – juicy pieces of fresh beef browned to perfection, and delicious aromatic vegetables in the best gravy-like sauce known to humankind. I know, I’m being a little dramatic here, but there’s just something about a slow cooked meal that can’t be beat.
And no, I’m not talking about an actual slow cooker (Crock Pot-style) – I’m talking that style of cooking where you take the time to execute those extra steps like browning the beef until it caramelizes and deglazing the pan with the best red wine you can get your hands on, just so you can experience the flavour payoff. And I’m here to tell you, it’s SO worth it.
Now because this recipe takes just a bit more effort than your typical “slow cooker” recipe, it’s turned into a weekend meal for our family, or one that I make when I know I have the afternoon at home and can babysit this stew just a little bit. Don’t get me wrong – this is absolutely NOT a complicated dish at all, it’s just that given the tiniest bit of attention, it can go from just your typical old beef stew to one that will knock your socks off. I promise.
Looking for more delicious winter soup recipes? You’ll LOVE this Crock Pot Creamy Potato Bacon Leek Soup or my super popular Crock Pot White Bean French Onion Soup.
If you’re one of those people who loves making homemade soup in the fall and winter seasons (like me!), then one of the best investments you can ever make for your kitchen is a high-quality cast iron Dutch Oven pot. Mine is a total beauty from Le Creuset (affiliate link) and I use it at least weekly throughout the year for soups, stews, sauces, curries, and even for baking bread (if you want my Dutch Oven Crusty Bread recipe, find it HERE!). A pot like this one is definitely a financial investment, but considering how much I use mine and considering its high quality, it’s definitely a worthy investment. I’ve also used similar cast iron pots from other brands, like THIS ONE from KitchenAid and THIS ONE from Lodge Cast Iron (both affiliate links) if you’re looking for something a little less expensive but still high quality. I don’t own a ton of kitchen products (we try to live as minimally as possible), but the ones I do own I love and use. A lot. Just ask my husband (insert winking emoji here) – if our house was on fire you’d better believe I’d be grabbing my Le Creuset Dutch Oven pot on the way out!!
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I hope you love this Best Ever One Pot Beef Stew as much as we do! Let me know in the comments below, what’s YOUR favourite kitchen tool that you own? I’d love to know!!
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Looking for even more delicious fall and winter recipes? Check out these amazing recipes!
- Easy Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas
- Easy One Pot Roasted Chicken Dinner
- 3-Ingredient Broccoli Soup
- Easy Korean Beef Rice Bowls
- Homemade Hungarian Goulash Soup
- Paprika Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
Watch the video below to see exactly how I make this hearty meal. You can find more delicious recipe videos on my YouTube channel
Best Ever One Pot Beef Stew
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds stewing beef
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 3 cups low sodium beef stock
- 5 medium white potatoes, quartered
- 1 cup frozen green beans (optional)
- fresh parsley for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place a large Dutch Oven pot over medium-high heat and warm the olive oil in it.
- Season the beef with salt and pepper and add to the hot pot, just so the beef covers the bottom of the pot (Don't overcrowd as this will prevent the browning process. Brown the beef in batches if necessary.).
- Brown the beef pieces on each side just until they're beautifully caramelized, sprinkling the flour over the beef as it browns, about 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Remove the beef from the pot to a plate after it has browned (don't worry about cooking it through at this point!) and add the thyme, smoked paprika, onions, garlic, carrots and celery to the pot.
- Stir the vegetables around to catch all the drippings left in the pot from the meat and add the beef back into the pot after the onions are almost translucent.
- Add the red wine, the Worcestershire Sauce, and the tomato paste. Give everything a good stir and let the liquid cook down (it's important to let the wine cook off for a good 4-5 minutes before adding the other liquid).
- Once the wine liquid has reduced for several minutes and it has thickened, add the tomato sauce, the beef stock and the potatoes.
- Give everything a good stir, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pot.
- Make sure the potatoes are nicely nestled into the liquid and add the lid to the pot. Place the pot in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3 to 3 and a half hours.
- Every hour or so, lift the lid of the pot and give everything a quick stir.
- If you'd like to add the frozen green beans (they're totally optional and I only add them about 50% of the times I make this dish), stir them in during the last 30 minutes of cooking so they don't get soggy.
- You'll know the stew is done after the allotted time has passed and the beef pieces fall apart when you touch them with a fork.
- Serve in deep bowls with a piece of crusty bread for dipping, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley for garnish (if desired).