It has been pretty cold here in Richmond for the past few weeks.  I really enjoy the cooler weather as it allows for me to crank up the stove and oven and get to cooking.  The summertime here is extremely hot and the last thing you ever want to do is add a little extra heat to the house by using the oven.  I have been dreaming about beef stew since last spring and finally it was just the right temperature outside to make it.   This stew is pretty simple to make.  It can be done in a crock pot or simmered on the stove.  After the meat is browned, add the remaining ingredients to the pot and cook.  It is that simple.

Awesome Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, peel and diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 medium/large onion, sliced
  • 4 large potatoes, sliced into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp allspice

Add the cubed beef into a zip top bag and add the flour.  Shake the beef around until all of the edges are coated.

Toss the beef in flour

Preheat a large pan or dutch oven over medium/high heat.  Add the vegetable oil and then brown the beef.

Add the floured beef to the pot

Make sure to split the beef up into two or three batches so that it doesn’t overcrowd the pan.  You want the meet to brown nicely.

Split up and brown

Remove the meat from the pan.  Add the red wine to de-glaze the pan.  Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Those little bits add amazing flavor to your dish.

Add all of the ingredients to the pan, including the beef, and bring to a boil.  If you wished to make this in a crock-pot, add the ingredients to a crock-pot and set on low for 6 hours.  Otherwise reduce the heat to your pot and simmer the stew for 2 1/2 hours.

Add the remaining ingredients

The little amount of flour that we used on the beef will help thicken the stew.  However, if you wish your stew to be thicker you can add 2 tbs of cornstarch to 1/4 cup of water and add it to the pot.  Let it simmer for another 20 minutes and you will have a nice thick stew.

Totally Stewy

This stew was delicious.

Amazing Beef Stew

I poured it over a couple of buttermilk biscuits and went to town.  I actually had two bowls.

Awesome Beef Stew

It was awesome!

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


    • I like cut up chuck roast, but my favorite is whatever is onsale. I find that stew is one of those meals where you can shop around and get the best price. Unlike steaks when you need a nice tender cut, stew is the perfect time to go cheap and get the toughest cuts around. After a few hours everything is tender.

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