Mom's Hearty Beef Stew with Dumplings


My mom's beef stew with dumplings recipe that she's perfected over 25 years. Tender chunks of beef coupled with hearty vegetables in a rich gravy for a soul-warming treat. And Oh! The dumplings!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins



  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons steak seasoning (such as Montreal Steak Seasoning®), divided

  • 2 stalks celery, each cut into 4 pieces

  • 6 cups water, divided, or as needed

  • 4 (.85 ounce) packages dry brown gravy mix

  • 4 carrots, peeled and quartered

  • 1 small turnip, peeled and quartered

  • 7 potatoes, peeled and quartered


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons shortening

  • ¾ cup milk


  1. Prepare the stew: Heat oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering. Add in beef and onion. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon steak seasoning. Stir meat and onions well and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon steak seasoning. Add celery; cook and stir until meat is browned, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour in 2 cups water, or as needed to just cover meat, onion, and celery. Bring to a boil and stir and scrape browned bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the beef is very tender, about 2 hours.

  3. Remove meat and celery pieces from the pan. Set meat aside and discard celery.

  4. Whisk together gravy mix with 4 cups water in a bowl. Add gravy mixture to the juices in the pot, bring to a boil, and stir meat back into the gravy mixture.

  5. Stir in carrots and turnip, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in potatoes, cover, and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

  6. Make the dumplings: Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture looks crumbly. Pour in milk and lightly stir the mixture just until it combines to form a dough.

  7. Remove 2 cups of gravy from the pot and reserve. Drop dumplings by heaping tablespoon onto the meat and vegetables in the pot, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes (do not peek until the time is up).

  8. Pour reserved gravy back over the dumplings, stir lightly, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

515 Calories
15g Fat
65g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 515
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 1261mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 42mg 210%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 1306mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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