Nan’s beef stew


November 25, 2017

Nan’s beef stew 5 0 5 22

A hearty, slow cooked beef stew. This meal freezes really well and very handy for meal prepping. Why not give it a go yourself!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • 10 mins

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: With sides makes up to 10 meals


1 onion, diced

2kg of cubed stewing beef

4 to 5 tablespoons of tomato paste

A good slurp of Worcestershire sauce

1 litre of beef stock

1 teaspoon of keen's traditional curry powder

Corn flour to thicken


1Put all the listed ingredients, except cornflour, into the slow cooker and stir well.

2Slow cook on low for at least 8 hours, the idea is to not require teeth.

3Once meat is 'fall apart soft', place some excess liquid into a bowl. Mix in corn flour and create a lump free paste before transferring back into the slow cooker. Stir in and allow to thicken. Repeat until it's gravy consistency.


1Serve with mash and veg.

2This meal freezes really well and very handy for meal prepping.

3Also works well with venison.

Submitted by Heather Wiseman


42 Reviews


April 6, 2022

So easy and tasted so good the toddler came back for more. We added different veggies.

You could definitely halve it for a 2-3meals – I’d still cook that 7-8hrs though so it’s still melt in your mouth

Kathryn round

March 17, 2022

I live by myself how much meat would you use for my tea and a meal for the freezer ingredients how much to please and how long would you cook it please


March 16, 2022

Wow what a dish! Plates licked clean by all and we will be turning the plentiful leftovers into pies for tomorrow nights dinner so win-win! Hearty, tasty and easy. What more could a busy family ask for?!


November 10, 2021

Made this dish a few times for neighbours, friends having babies, camping trips, the list goes on!!! I cook it in the slow cooker and I’ve also cooked it in the oven.
(I just add a bit more liquid & a couple of scoops of Maggi Rich Gravy Mix if I’m putting it in the oven) Makes a great tasty sauce.
Definitely a great recipe.
Nan’s cooking is always the best! Thank you 🙏

This one isn’t my creation but I’m so glad your family loved it! 🙂

Fiona MacKenzie

October 3, 2021

This is so so yum. The entire family simply wolf’s it down every time!
Followed the recipe to the tee.
Try it you definitely won’t be disappointed
Thank you so much Paulene

I would add veg at start personally 🙂


August 7, 2021

I have a question please. I am going to make this for the 1st time would like to add frozen vegetables as Terresa did. My question is when would you put them in.


June 14, 2021

So yummy! Super easy to make, I followed the exact recipe, put it on at 10am and we ate about 6.30pm. There is a lot of liquid and I added 3Tbs of cornflour and it still didn’t thicken to gravy consistency but it didnt stop us eating it 🙂 could easily add veggies if wanted to.


June 5, 2021

Made this last week for the first time. Extended family was unexpectedly over. Everyone loved it.


June 2, 2021

Made this today – wow this is so good!!
I put everything in the slow cooker and set it to low just before 7am. Walked through the door at 5pm to a mouthwatering aroma! I made it exactly as per recipe, beef was so tender!!


March 17, 2021

What an awesome dish! Made exactly as per instructions (might have sprinkled a bit more curry powder in for good measure 😉) plus threw in a bag of frozen veges and it was just amazing! Kids and hubby came on a cold rainy day excited at the beautiful aroma and every single one of them devoured the entire dish! Was enough for 7 of us to have generous servings plus plenty leftover. Saved to be a regular family dish!

Kelvin Dalley

March 6, 2021

very tasty. along with lamb obsession, a regular favourite

Felicity Thambyah

December 13, 2020

Forgot to add star rating!

Felicity Thambyah

December 13, 2020

The gravy is so delicious, I could eat a whole bowl of it.
To thicken, I find it easier to strain the stew and thicken juices on a stove top. Next time I’ll be adding mushrooms toward the end. Mine only took 5hrs on low to cook. I cut the casserole steak into bite size pieces for kids sake. Might be why it cooked quicker.


November 23, 2020

Absolutely delicious I was a little bit unsure adding curry powder if I’m honest! but added it and I’m so glad I did it was amazing ! and it turns out my Great Grandma use to add curry powder to her stew and it took my mum back to eating her food!


September 16, 2020

Absolutely delicious
Takes me back to when I was little and my nan used to make steak and kidney stew (this dish minus the kidney)
The meat just melts in your mouth, it’s so tender and the sauce is divine.

Served with a creamy mash, fresh beans and carrot


August 8, 2020

Absolutely delicious and super fast to prepare – with ingredients that are easy to have on hand! We eat keto so have this with a side of mashed cauliflower.
I work from home but also need to prepare things in the morning and forget about them until it is almost time to eat. I have done this twice and it will become a regular in our home, thank you Heather Wiseman!


May 5, 2020

Absolutely amazing. My 2.5 year old cannot get enough of it and while she is a good eater, there are only certain foods she finishes off completely and then asks for more and this is one. So tasty, I use this recipe at least once a week, the tastiest I have found, just amazing. Adding some fresh herbs just amplifies the amazing tastes. Thank you!

Debra Jessop

November 21, 2019

Yummmmmo!! Used two onions instead of one, 2 kilos of casserole steak. Added some extra ingredients as sauce was tasting a little on the bland side… minced garlic, a splash of red cooking wine, veggie stock and in the last 40mins a 200g punnet of chopped mushrooms, served over creamy mashed potato. Perfecto 👌🏻

Will be making this dish again in the near future 😁 – cooking time for me was 7 hours.

Natalie Crofts

July 4, 2019

Lovely! Didn’t change a thing though I did half the recipe and cooked for 6 hours. Meat was nice and tender and a great flavour! Hubby needed to add a bit of chili sauce but I left mine as it. Thanks!

I see this asked all the time about this recipe on our group and every time members say they freeze it and it’s ok with this 🙂

David Slade

June 6, 2019

Can you freeze with the potato?
I thought that mad it how funny

Lesley Lohrey

May 8, 2019

Made this tonight, will be making it again was so nice, I also added some frozen veggies and half sweet potato.


January 28, 2019

We absolutely loved this, especially as it has very few ingredients and tastes fantastic! I shredded the meat I used and am going to use it heated on fresh crusty rolls in the future (just placed the leftovers in small containers in the freezer, ready for a quick and easy midweek meal). Thanks Heather for a yummy recipe!

You can halve the ingredients but don’t have the time. Maybe 6hrs or so at least to still ensure tender meat and cooked veg


August 3, 2018

Can I just halve everything in the recipe? Would that require 2 hours less cooking time as well?

Sure – I would 🙂

Katrina Allen

July 13, 2018

I only have vegetable stock will that work

Nicole Bierman

June 14, 2018

I tried this yesterday. The smells had my mouth watering, and it tasted great. I served over mash, but will be having it with paninis and cheese tonight. Very easy to make, especially as this was my first time ever using a slow cooker. 10/10 will make this again

Katie Eleftheriou

May 21, 2018

Just tried this, it’s a great one Rockingham pop in containers for the freezer. Thanks!


May 16, 2018

Love this! Made tonight with 1.5kg blade roast diced…came out beautiful! Will make a delicious pie filling too

Sharni Lions

January 22, 2018

A nice recipe. Needs a little extra something in the gravy though. Will need to experiment. Will be making again

Some don’t like it but lot’s love it 🙂
Why not just test a small amount next time you have some cooked mashed potato so you know if you like it

Donna Malone

January 18, 2018

Can you freeze mashed potato? I also thought it went funny when defrosted, I would be happy if you can as I make sons dinners for the week at work and he hasn’t had potatoes in any yet.

I usually use about 1 tblsp at first mixed with about the same cool tap water
Stir it through and allow to thicken maybe 10mins or so before you decide if you neeed to repeat 🙂


January 14, 2018

I’m completely new to this so can someone please tell me how much corn flour is required to thicken??? Thanks

Mary E D Ryan

January 13, 2018

I made this dish and my family loved it. I made it gluten free and paleo by substituting with gluten free flour to thicken the sauce. I combined it with sides of carrots and creamy potatoes. It had a luscious sauce so I included sides of horseradish and rustic bread for dipping. My dog went coo coo for cocoa puffs over the leftover gravy she got on her dinner! I think it would be over the top with mushroom chunks added in the last hour of cooking. If served over rice with just veggies on the side it would be totally gluten free and paleo, and I expect it would still be delicious.

I think you could use any you prefer 🙂

Angela Ward

January 6, 2018

Would any curry powder do ?

Tamara Atkinson

November 25, 2017

Does the potato freeze ok? I thought spuds when defrosted have a different texture?

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