This is the best beef stew I've ever tasted. My husband ate 4 bowls the first time I made it and my 9-month-old ate two bowls mashed up! I like to brown my beef for stew, and I hate to dirty both a pot and the slow cooker, so I prefer to cook the stew exclusively on the stove.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Combine beef stew meat and flour in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag and shake to coat beef.

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  • Melt butter with olive oil in a large pot over high heat; add beef and season with seasoned salt. Cook and stir beef until seared on all sides 5 to 7 minutes. Stir onion into the beef; cook and stir until the onion is browned, about 5 minutes more.

  • Pour enough of the beef broth into the pot to cover the bottom; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add remainder of the beef broth; bring to a simmer before adding carrots, potatoes, celery, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, basil, paprika, and garlic powder.

  • Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook stew at a simmer until the meat and vegetables are very tender, 3 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

455 calories; 20.1 g total fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 1120 mg sodium. 40.6 g carbohydrates; 28.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
I have to say I enjoyed this recipe I made it for one of my clients she's elderly and lives alone. So I cut back on the ingrediants. I think it made her day having something hot cooking on the oven and it smelled well like "home!" She enjoyed telling me stories while I chopped and cooked. I did it on the stove also I prefer to do all my cooking on the stove. My only change was I chopped everything very very small. It was great I will definetly make this again! I loved the difference the searing the meat did!! Thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2015
Good recipe with good flavor. ONE HUGE PROBLEM THOUGH! If you double or triple the recipe DO NOT double or triple the butter and olive oil used to brown the beef! It does not mention this in the recipe but it makes the stew taste greasy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
I have to say I enjoyed this recipe I made it for one of my clients she's elderly and lives alone. So I cut back on the ingrediants. I think it made her day having something hot cooking on the oven and it smelled well like "home!" She enjoyed telling me stories while I chopped and cooked. I did it on the stove also I prefer to do all my cooking on the stove. My only change was I chopped everything very very small. It was great I will definetly make this again! I loved the difference the searing the meat did!! Thanks!! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
I have to say I enjoyed this recipe I made it for one of my clients she's elderly and lives alone. So I cut back on the ingrediants. I think it made her day having something hot cooking on the oven and it smelled well like "home!" She enjoyed telling me stories while I chopped and cooked. I did it on the stove also I prefer to do all my cooking on the stove. My only change was I chopped everything very very small. It was great I will definetly make this again! I loved the difference the searing the meat did!! Thanks!! Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2017
Nice basic stew recipe. Try adding a can of cream of mushroom soup to the pot as an added pleasure! I like to add a green veggie to this green beans or peas work well for me (last 30 minutes). BTW use ONLY a high quality balsamic when cooking! A nice variation would be to add a pint of red sauce or a small can of tomato paste. Love and good luck to all! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2013
This will stick to your ribs! I omitted the potatoes since I was serving it over noodles but otherwise would include them. I did toss in some Baby Bellas which I halved. My biggest change was to eliminate the butter and cut the olive oil back to 2 tbs and browning my meat in 2 batches. I used G'ma's old cast iron Dutch oven so after assembling all and bringing to temperature I put it in a 275F oven for most of the afternoon. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2014
Followed the recipe to the T except added a handful of chopped mushrooms! I did put in the crockpot after deglazing the pan & let cook on low for about 5 hours. Even my finicky 16 year old devoured it without picking all the veggies out. Definitely one to stay in my recipe box! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2014
This is a different recipe for beef stew than I have ever made. Really good flavors. I took advantage of a little red wine to deglaze the pan then added the beef broth. Don't skip the paprika nice layers of flavor. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2014
Best beef stew I've ever made! I added a bay leaf and some thyme otherwise stuck to the recipe exactly. Will definitely be making again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2014
This is an amazing beef stew. I seasoned the flour with Montreal steak seasoning which I think helped the flavor of the beef and added some peas in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Good stuff! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2015
Good recipe with good flavor. ONE HUGE PROBLEM THOUGH! If you double or triple the recipe DO NOT double or triple the butter and olive oil used to brown the beef! It does not mention this in the recipe but it makes the stew taste greasy! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Just made the slow simmer beef stew and it is amazing!! I added cut up potatoes to the recipe instead of using noodles. So glad I tried this recipe. It will become a winter staple in our home! Read More
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