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How to make beef stew

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Learn how to make a beef stew that is hearty and nutritious in no time

Beef stew is one of those old-fashioned, but always in style comfort foods.  The slow cooking fills the house with a welcoming aroma, and the tender result warms the body and heart. If you want to know how to cook beef stew, here are a couple of simple recipes to get you started.

Mom's Beef Stew

This recipe is indeed my mom's beef stew recipe.  The simple seasonings and hearty vegetables combine to create a classic American meal.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 pounds stew beef, cut into 2" chunks
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons Heinz 57 sauce
2 bay leaves
1 large onion, quartered
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 large carrots,  cut into 1/2" slices
3 ribs celery, chopped into 1"- 2" pieces
4 medium potatoes, cut into quarters then once again


Heat oil in a large heavy pot
Add paprika, stir
Add stew beef chunks and brown.
Add water, Worcestershire sauce, Heinz 57, bay leaves, onion, salt andpepper. 
Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring once or twice
Add carrots, potatoes and celery to the pot
Stir and cook 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender
Serve hot over cooked noodles or rice

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

If you want to come home to the aroma of a hot and bubbling beef stew, ready for your your bowl, this slow cooker version is the answer.  It's how to cook beef stew in today's busy world.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 onion, chopped
3 potatoes, diced into 1/2 pieces
4 carrots, sliced medium thin
1 stalk celery, chopped into 1" pieces
1 1/2 cups beef broth


  • Pour olive oil into the crock pot and tip to coat the bottom.
  • Add all other ingredients in the order listed, stirring after each addition.
  • Cover, and cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on high setting for 4 to 6 hours
  • Serve over butter egg noodles

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