Greek Style Beef Stew


Excellent in a pressure cooker! I tried it once in a slow cooker: not as flavorful. I adapted a recipe that came with my pressure cooker. It is also known as Stifado if you use pearl onions, but I didn't have any and had to use yellow onion. I have to add potatoes and carrots! Be very careful with the amounts of salt, cinnamon and ground cloves. Works very well with moose or venison. I serve it with J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits (try making those with buttermilk). Yum!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
2 quarts


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup red wine

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • ½ cup fat-free reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 6 whole black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes, undrained and quartered

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a 5-quart pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add half the beef; cook and stir until well browned on all sides. Remove beef with a slotted spoon and set aside. Brown the remaining meat and set aside.

  2. Place chopped onion in the pressure cooker; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the garlic and stir for an additional minute. Pour in the red wine, red wine vinegar, and beef broth; stir in the tomato paste and mix well.

  3. Grind or crush rosemary, oregano, and peppercorns in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Add crushed spices to the cooker with bay leaves, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and brown sugar.

  4. Pour in tomatoes and their juice; rinse the can with 1/2 cup water and add the water to the cooker. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Return the browned meat to the pressure cooker. A 5-quart pot should be about half full and a little soupy; the potato will dissolve a bit and thicken it after cooking. Cover the pot and seal the lid.

  5. Bring the pot up to high pressure over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let the pressure reduce naturally. Taste the stew and add salt, if desired.

Cook's Notes:

We have this every other week during the winter months. Also the cassia cinnamon popular here in the U.S. is way too strong, so be careful. If you use Ceylon cinnamon, use 1/4 teaspoon.

You can use low-sodium chicken broth instead of the beef broth. If you used canned broth or stock with salt, don't add any more salt. It's very good with homemade veggie stock. This is not as good without tomato paste or bay leaves. I'm sure you could sub tofu for the beef and make it completely vegan, but I will leave that to my vegetarian friends. Great the next day. Enjoy!

This can also be made in a slow cooker. Omit the 1/2 cup water. Use a skillet and follow steps 1 and 2. Transfer contents of the skillet to a slow cooker; add the potatoes and carrots. Place the browned meat on top of the vegetables and add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 367mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 902mg 19%

* 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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