This is my absolute favorite beef stew. I spent the better part of two years changing and altering ingredients until it was perfect. Hope you enjoy; everyone I've fed it to does!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
2 hrs 15 mins
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat; sear beef until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer beef and oil to a large pot.

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  • Mix water, carrots, onion, celery, Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, garlic, bay leaves, and allspice with beef; cover pot and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add potatoes to stew, cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

If you simmer in a pot that has a cover with one of those little steam escape holes, you may need to add a little bit of water when you add the potatoes and may have no use for thickening the gravy.

You may also substitute the water for beef broth, but I never do.

Sirloin can be substituted for the bottom round roast.

Olive oil can be substituted for the vegetable oil.

Ground cloves can be substituted for the allspice.

To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

274 calories; protein 24.3g 49% DV; carbohydrates 19.8g 6% DV; fat 10.7g 16% DV; cholesterol 65.3mg 22% DV; sodium 875mg 35% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2015
Threw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6 hours. It was quite tasty. I used beef broth instead of water and I also left out the allspice. I may reduce the Worcestershire to 1/2 Tbs next time. My family did mention that this was the best stew they'd had. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/03/2018
I made the dish and here are my recommendations/changes: Have your butcher de-fat a chuck roast and use 2lbs of Chuck, never use bottom round or sirloin for beef stew....never. I added the following : one 14.5 oz. can of Hunt's Stewed Tomatoes (large chop) and 1/2 lb. container of fresh sliced mushrooms. Instead of using 2 cups of water, I used one cup of chicken stock and one cup of water. I also added more fresh garlic. Finally, the recipe stated to add the cut potatoes and cook for the last 40 minutes. There is not any cut potatoes on the planet that takes 40 minutes to cook. Cook the stew for 15 minutes more and then add the potatoes for the last 25 mins. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2015
Threw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6 hours. It was quite tasty. I used beef broth instead of water and I also left out the allspice. I may reduce the Worcestershire to 1/2 Tbs next time. My family did mention that this was the best stew they'd had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2017
Well done Big Papa well done! Followed your recipe and loved it! Thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2014
This recipe is Amazing! my only change was to leave out the Allspice! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/03/2018
I made the dish and here are my recommendations/changes: Have your butcher de-fat a chuck roast and use 2lbs of Chuck, never use bottom round or sirloin for beef stew....never. I added the following : one 14.5 oz. can of Hunt's Stewed Tomatoes (large chop) and 1/2 lb. container of fresh sliced mushrooms. Instead of using 2 cups of water, I used one cup of chicken stock and one cup of water. I also added more fresh garlic. Finally, the recipe stated to add the cut potatoes and cook for the last 40 minutes. There is not any cut potatoes on the planet that takes 40 minutes to cook. Cook the stew for 15 minutes more and then add the potatoes for the last 25 mins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2016
I loved this stew! The only complaint I have is that next time I need to double the recipe because it was gone so quickly I had no leftovers for lunch the next day. You also may want to use a little less paprika if you are making it for someone who is sensitive to spice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2018
Absolutely delicious!!! I made not 1 change. Every time I make this for my family we chow down.... Not a drop leftover!! Thank you.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2017
No changes tasty my stew of choice. The best part is the simplicity of the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2018
Excellent! I just found my new beef stew recipe! I made as directed with the exception of the ground clove - didn't have 'em don't like 'em. I questioned the lack of water but this turned out perfect even after adding the potatoes. From a proud little Irishman Thank You!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2017
I used Monk Fruit sweetener rather than sugar. I added fresh green beans and I used both red and yellow onion. I used beef stock and water. I also doubled the amount so that we could have some wonderful leftovers. It was quite the hit with all. Oh so Good. This is very much a keeper. Read More
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