The Best Beef Stew!!
Okay, of course, I may be a bit bias, but hear me out. Beef stew is one of my favorite comfort foods. I’m really particular about it too lol I’ve did so much trial and error. But, I’ve finally figured out a recipe that I love. I hope you love it too.
This recipe is long and detailed, because I tried to be beginner cook friendly. I also included a crockpot version! If you’d like to see more crockpot recipes, let me know in the comments!
I use a chuck roast and just slice it into one inch chunks, because the packaged stew meat never tenderizes enough for me no matter how long I cook it! Not a fan.
I season the meat with onion and garlic powder, a lil salt/pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Then sprinkle about 3/4 cup of flour and toss it to coat. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of your pot. Maybe 1/4 cup. Brown meat 1 min per side. Do this in batches so that the meat actually browns and not just steams from overcrowding the pot. Remove from pot but leave the brown bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. That’s called the “fond” (who knew it had a name??) it’s where all of your flavor comes from. Looks burnt, don’t be alarmed it isn’t.
Now add one chopped onion and a couple teaspoons of minced garlic. Sauté till translucent. Sprinkle in a tablespoon and a half of flour then stir for a few secs to cook out that flour taste. Then drop 2 teaspoons of tomato paste in. Stir it around. Next I pour 1 cup of red wine. Don’t worry, the alcohol content of the wine will evaporate after 20-30 secs of cooking. My stew won’t make ya tipsy! However, you can use beef broth instead if you prefer. Only a 1 cup tho, for now.
Allow it to come to a slight boil. This will loosen “the fond”. Stir until it starts to thicken. Keep the heat at medium. Add meat back to the pot (the smell in your kitchen will be amazing at this point, you’re welcome!) and then pour in either 4 cups of beef broth or 4 cups of water and drop in 4 beef bouillon cubes. Cover and allow to simmer for an hour.
Then add vegetables of your choice. I use potatoes, carrots, and celery. Taste and adjust your seasoning if needed. Cook for another hour. If using peas, add them in during the last 10 mins of cooking time if frozen.
Please don’t hurt my feelings and eat this without some sweet cornbread!