Dorothy's Stefado


This is a Greek beef stew made with small onions. This is my mom's recipe, and every Fall without fail you could smell it simmering in the kitchen. Serve it with a large bowl of mashed potatoes. Of course a Greek salad, some feta & olives and crusty bread give this meal the final touches. The onions can be time consuming to clean, but well worth it when your family sits down to eat.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
18 servings


  • 6 pounds chuck roast, cut into large chunks

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 6 pounds small white onions, cleaned and scored

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ½ cup red wine

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 1 teaspoon whole pickling spices

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, cook beef in oil until beef is browned. Remove beef, and set aside. Mix sugar into the drippings, add onions, and cook until golden. Remove onions from pan.

  2. Return beef to the pot, and place onions on top. Mix the tomato paste, wine, and wine vinegar together, and add to saucepan. Place the garlic, pickling spices, bay leaf, cinnamon, and rosemary in a spice bag; add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, adding more liquid if necessary.


The onions let out liquid as they cook, so be careful not to add to much water at the beginning. When stew is done, remember to remove the spice bag.

If you prefer, you can cook this in a roaster in your oven at 275 degrees F(135 degrees C). Watch the time though; it may take longer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
19g Fat
25g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 269mg 6%

* 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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