Crazy Good Beef Stew

karen morreale, little life bytes, beef stew recipe, chew on thisEveryone loves this beef stew! In fact, my kid just called and asked me for the recipe : ) …and, it’s my husband’s favorite camping food. I just make it ahead of time and then we heat it up over the fire. Beef stew and and a loaf of bread and he’s the happiest of campers! So, here it is! You’ll love the rich, earthy, beefy flavor. It really is satisfying and everything you want from good old comfort food. Enjoy!



Here’s what you need:

1 1/2 – 2 lbs. of beef (I prefer sirloin tips, but beef labeled ” stew meat” in the grocery store will work too) cut into 1″ cubes
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 – 2 1/2 cups beef stock
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 or 2 bay leaves (don’t forget to take these out before serving)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
dash of ground cloves
3  carrots sliced
2 large potatoes cubed
2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat a large pot to high, and then add oil.
In a large mixing bowl add cornstarch, salt and pepper, stir to combine
Toss beef in the cornstarch  mixture, shake off the excess (save remainder of mixture)
Beef goes in the heated oil and browned on all sides
Now, add your vegetables and the remainder of the cornstarch mixture, coat and stir until thoroughly combined
Let veggies cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes
Add beef stock, Worcestershire, bay leaves, garlic, sugar, paprika, ground clove
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for about an hour or until vegetables are fork tender and sauce thickens
Add salt and pepper to taste

Here’s a Tip: If you like your beef stew thicker, take 1/4 cup of the liquid out of the pot and mix with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch until it’s dissolved. Pour it back in your pot, turn up the heat to high and stir until it’s thickened.


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