Beef Stew

Hearty beef stew!

Submitted by Ange Marie

Beef Stew

Hearty beef stew!
5 from 1 vote
Serving: 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs 5 mins
Total Time 7 hrs 15 mins


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1kg cubed chuck steak (3cm cubes)
  • 1 med onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 3 cups real beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 8 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 small carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 celery stalk sliced, leaves as well
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup diced red capsicum
  • 2 Tbsp cornflour (To thicken at the end)
  • FRESH HERBS (If using dry herbs 1/2 the amounts or use 1 1/2 tbsp mixed herbs)
  • 1 tbsp sage,
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp each of oregano leaves, garlic chives, chives roughly chopped.
  • 3 bay leaves
  • About 12cm stalk of rosemary or 1 tsp dried.
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley (Add at the end of cooking time)
  • Crusty bread (optional)


  • Heat oil in large pan or in slow cooker bowl ( If it has a sear mode) on medium-high heat. Season beef. Working in 2 batches, brown meat on all sides, 6 minutes. Remove to plate.
  • Add onion to pan/bowl and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. (If using a pan after the 1 minute mark pour in some of the beef stock to deglaze the pan & pour in to slow cooker bowl. (The rest of the directions are for the slow cooker only)
  • Pour in wine. Add stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire, sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Return beef to slow cooker bowl add vegetables & herbs (except parsley). Stir well. Cook on low 7 hrs
  • Remove rosemary stalk & bay leaves, if needed thicken with cornflour mixed in 1/4 cup water and let cook for another 5 minutes..Add parsley & season to taste if needed.
  • Serve with some crusty bread.
  • You could cut the meat smaller if you like and add what ever vegetables you have on hand. You can also skip the browning sections and just put everything in the slow cooker to save some time.
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29 thoughts on “Beef Stew”

  1. This smelt so good as it was cooking and was yummy to eat too. I used the mixed herbs option instead of all the fresh herbs. I would say this recipe makes 4 generous servings. I will make it again.

  2. This will be my only stew recipe from now on. I used mixed herbs instead of fresh. This fed a family of 5 including two teenage boys, with enough for a generous lunch for one the following day . I also chose to brown the beef beforehand as I had the time to spare, but will try just throwing everything in the slow cooker next time to see how that goes.

  3. Yum 😋
    I’ve made this a few times now and it doesn’t disappoint!! The left overs ( if any) freeze well too.

  4. Easy to make tasty to eat and warm ip the tum on these cool miserable nights.
    Seved woth thw xrusty bread and a glass of red
    Issd mixed not drsh herbs and omitted the salt and sugar. Taste was still amazing
    Only problem i had was it didn’t thick up well

  5. I am trying this for the first time today. I omitted the capsicum as my family aren’t big fans of it and also used dried mixed herbs. I am hoping to get to the shops to get some crusty bread rolls before its ready. It already smells divine.

  6. Made this last night for the first time, it was delicious! It didn’t thicken up but everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for a delicious recipe 😍

  7. Followed this recipe to a tee minus the chives. It was delicious! However, like other comments, it wouldnt thicken up. I added 3 TBSP cornsflour and let it cook for half an hour but it only thickened very slightly. Still yummy despite this.

  8. Cooked this last nice, very tasty! Left out sugar, capsicum and zucchini, added sweet potato and swede.

  9. I have been looking for a real beefy meat stew.. im not a fan of tomatoes and all that sort like they kind of stew my mum use to make when i was little I wonder if this could be like it … looks good

  10. I just had this tonight and it was so delicious. I added home made bone broth instead of traditional stock😃

  11. Made this for my husband and father in law who both don’t like ‘wet food’. They absolutely loved it! And by far my favourite stew! I left out the capsicum and zucchini as my husband hates them but it was still amazing! Frozen the leftovers and it will be making my regular rotation!

  12. Used this receipe to make the beef stew for my hubby and son. Its a meal that never fails to fill them up and appreciate the cook. LOL It smells delish cooking and tastes even better.

  13. 5 stars
    This is a firm favourite in my house. Tow of us here and we get 2 days worth of dinners. I use 2 beef stock cubes and 2 & 1/2 cups of water, if any more is needed you can add it at the end. I just bung everything in the cooker and stick it on high for 4 hours. Lip smacking on a cold day!!

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