Slow Simmer Beef Stew


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.

close up view of Beef Stew over noodles on a red plate
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into cubes

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 8 cups beef broth, divided

  • 6 cups sliced carrots

  • 6 cups diced potatoes

  • 3 cups chopped celery

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

455 Calories
20g Fat
41g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1120mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 33mg 163%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1365mg 29%

* 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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