Hearty Beef Stew for Four

Hearty Beef Stew for Four
Makes:
4
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
80
minutes
based on 52 reviews
25

Dietary Considerations:

Low Calorie
Hearty Beef Stew will warm chilled bones on a blustery winter day. Serve up steaming bowls of this simple and satisfying hearty meal. See more beef stew recipes here.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) recipe-ready diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 2 MAGGI Beef Flavor Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions:

COMBINE flour, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Add beef; toss well to coat. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes and juice, water, carrots, bouillon and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover.

COOK, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Add potato; cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until beef is tender.

CROCKERY COOKER METHOD:
COOK
beef, onion, celery and garlic as above. Spoon beef mixture into crockery cooker; cover with potato, tomatoes and juice, water, carrots, bouillon and thyme. Cover; cook on high heat for 5 to 6 hours or on low heat for 10 to 12 hours or until beef is tender.


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Carol Olson from Big Stone City, SD

This was my first time to meals.com. I was looking for a beef stew without wine, unnecessary ingredients, yet taste and without a lot of hassel. I found it here! The stew was exceptional, simple and quick. Thanks meals.com! I'll be back for lots more in the near future.

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  •  Star(s)

    Love this recipe!

    mommyof2 from Virginia Beach

    This is the best beef stew recipe. It is so simple to make and my family loves it.

  •  Star(s)

    Add worcestershire sauce

    Pbrain from taipei

    just a bit....... you can gtrate potatoes and add them early if you prefer not to have any wheat (white flour) in the mix...

  •  Star(s)

    Perfect stew everytime!

    Maureen from Maryland

    I've made this recipe several times and it always comes out great. I add a little more potatoes and thicken it with a little flour at the end. Even my "no tomatoes, no "comfort food" husband loves it!

  •  Star(s)

    Wow!

    Rebecca from DC

    Granted this was my first attempt at stew but it turned out SO GOOD. Not too fancy, just your basic meat and potatoes and veggie stew. Very customizable with more vegetables and spices, but it stands on its own. The two of us ate almost the whole pot. Perfect with fresh-baked rolls or biscuits and a green salad.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent

    Mike Carr from Falls Church, VA

    The recipe was easy to make. I changed it a little bit. I added Italian seasoning and used the water that dried porcini mushrooms were in instead of plain water. I added the porcini mushrooms in the last 15 minutes of cooking. The taste was great.

  •  Star(s)

    A home favorite

    Christina from Beale AFB, CA

    I tried this recipe because I wanted to expand my cooking skills and give my family something new. Well, I must say this was my first stew, and it came out great!!! It was a lot better the next day, just because the meat had time to soak in the juices. And because of that, it tasted better and was more tender. I recommend this to anyone who wants a filling meal, without all the hard work, but with all the taste.

  •  Star(s)

    So Awesome!

    Wendy from Sacramento, CA

    I used less diced tomatoes and added beef broth and more potatoes for a heartier flavor... totally excellent recipe

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious comfort food

    Dana from TX

    I loved this recipe and so did the rest of my family. I will definitely make this again.

  •  Star(s)

    VERY GOOD

    Maxine from WA

    I just made this stew, and I added some things to it. I added more garlic, peas, corn, green pepper, and mushrooms, along with the potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, meat, and I also used beef broth instead. I also added more seasoning, like salt, pepper, parsley, and a mix of italian seasonings, etc... This turned out very flavorful and a big hit with everyone, even the picky eaters. It also filled everyone up, very good recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    ***Amazing***

    Karina from Clifton, NJ

    I'm new to cooking and this recipe is not only simple to make but it tastes GREAT! My boyfriend who thought I could only make pancakes got a nice surprise .. He wouldn't share his leftovers with his room-mates. Only thing I changed was celery for green bell pepers and added peas.

  •  Star(s)

    OK

    ann from

    I made this last week and made two changes: I used italian style diced tomatoes and reduced the cloves of garlic by half to compensate for the seasoned tomatoes. The stew was good but not great. It is a very "red" stew and if your family is not crazy about tomatoes, this is probally not the stew for you.

  •  Star(s)

    Alright!

    Stephanie from Greenville, NC

    I made this yesterday and it was alright. No taste. I've actually made my own beef stew before w/ different ingredients and it was much better. I liked the celery and carrots. Next time I'll use some other seasonings to spice it up more. It filled my husband and kids up so I'm happy about that. Will probably make this again.

  •  Star(s)

    Great and really easy

    Annette from Amarillo,Tx.

    This recipe is excellent and really easy. I added a little flour to the gravy to make it a little thicker and some peas.This made it perfect!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    Crystal from salisbury

    This is something I will make often this winter. My husband loved it and so did I.

  •  Star(s)

    ummm ok i guess

    Candice from New Caney, Texas

    Im only 17 and just learning to cook before I get married next year, so while my mother was out of town I turned to this site for help. After starting this recipe I realized the thyme was a definite mistake. We were afraid to eat the stew cause it smelled so bad. I added a cup of water and green beans and corn to cut the thyme. It came out a hit. I'm giving it a 2 because I added the ingredients that made it better.

  •  Star(s)

    Oh My God Good!!!!

    Laurie from Chesapeake, VA

    This is so good that when you're eating it, you'll have nothing to say except, "Oh My God". I added about 1 tsp cayenne pepper just to spice it up a tad bit. Also, fresh baked biscuits torn into small pieces in the bottom of the bowl added a great texture! Definitely will be making this again and again. My husband told me he'd divorce me if I gave away the leftovers! :-) I guess I'll have to make more!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Easy Meal

    Maureen from Wichita, KS

    Everything came together very easily and the dish looked wonderful on the plate. My husband and three year old daughter both enjoyed it, he told me that I should have added corn (his solution to everything) but overall it went pretty well. Good meal for a cold night.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy!

    Angela from West Jordan, Utah

    Stew is always a big hit with my family, but this recipe was so simple and quick to make! This is going to be our family stew recipe from now on!

  •  Star(s)

    Easy "GUY" cooking!

    David from Dublin, CA

    My Fiancee was working a 12 hour Saturday shift. I wanted to take care of dinner, but not just "out-of-a box", as was my usual way. So, I started surfing this site, and decided to surprise her with this stew receipe. I used the crock pot, and it turned out PERFECT. It was simple enough for an amatuer like me, and she (and the kids) LOVED it. I think it can now be said that the way to a (working) woman's heart can also be through her stomach. :-)

  •  Star(s)

    Great

    nicole teunissen from

    This recipe was easy and it tasted great! I chose to cook it in a crock pot and it was fabulous! my whole family loved it! but next time I'll add some peas.

  •  Star(s)

    Best Stew Ever!!!

    tannice from Va

    I love beef stew and I usually make it one day ahead and cook it for hours. This assures good flavor. But this recipe is quick and easy, and it was the best stew I have made! I will definitely be making this on a regular basis this winter.

  •  Star(s)

    I would make this again.

    CJ from CA

    This turned out pretty good. When I cooked it on the stove top the potatoes were still a little too "crunchy" so I simmered about 30 minutes longer. Also added Italian Seasoning to give it a little pizazz. I would make this again but next time maybe add some peas or greenbeans and trade out the plain old potatos for red ones.

  •  Star(s)

    Stick to your ribs good!!!

    Melissa from Gardner, Kansas

    My whole family came over to my house last year for Halloween. I made this stew & served it in a hollowed out pumpkin. It was dinner & a great centerpiece for my table! My family is coming over again this year & have already requested I make "The Stew". I have made it several times ( I do add extra potatoes) & it is always a hit! A perfect hearty meal for chilly fall & winter nights, Thanks!

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy!

    Gina Flexen from Ontario, CA

    This was a terrific stew. I made a few changes so that I could use what I already had in my kitchen. Added corn and green beans. Didn't use the thyme either, little more potatoes and it was outstanding. Would highly recommend!! Nice to not have to use the crock pot. He was impressed but he's a hearty eater. I made enough for 6 and he ate it all. Have to increase the recipe next time.

  •  Star(s)

    Loved it.

    Cal Coffey from Ohio

    Made this recipe for 12....Fed 7 when they finished. Everybody thought it was "The best". I'm gonna do it again, this time in the slow-cooker.... Oh, I used bottom round steaks instead of the stew beef. I tenderized them mechanicallly, (Beat the heck out of them with a metal tenderizer.) Works real well! Try this one people.

  •  Star(s)

    Loved it.

    Cal Coffey from Ohio

    Made this recipe for 12....Fed 7 when they finished. Everybody thought it was "The best". I'm gonna do it again, this time in the slow-cooker.... Oh, I used bottom round steaks instead of the stew beef. I tenderized them mechanicallly, (Beat the heck out of them with a metal tenderizer.) Works real well! Try this one people.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and delicious

    Dawn B from Canada

    This was a very easy recipie to follow, and made an excellent meal. It's mild without being bland, and I believe it would take to additions of other seasonings well. The gravy is exactly the kind I like in a stew, and is perfect for dipping biscuits.

  •  Star(s)

    Beef Stew Lover!

    GDJ from California

    I made this recipe the other night and LOVED it! I love beef stew and have been looking for and easy recipe and tried this one. Must I say that it was the best beef stew I have made! I couldn't get over how good it was. It was so quick and easy and didn't require alot of ingredients (which I always look for). I also tried it with mushrooms instead of potatoes since I love mushrooms and it tasted delicious. I'm going to keep this recipe and use it each time from now on.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy! GREAT!

    Michele Iturralde from OKC,OK

    I have to say this is the best stew I have ever had. Although in this recipe it does not say to add water? I added a 1 1/2 cups of water and can of corn, green beans,1 teaspoon of red pepper, and tobasco for some spice. IT was so great. Everything came out so great. I will make this for sure again!!

  •  Star(s)

    Stew-pendous

    Aaron McCarthy from

    This was a great, easy little stew recipe. I took the advice of others and made some extra to freeze, and I'm glad that I did.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to make.

    amy from

    I made this recipe at school for cooking and I got an a star from my teacher and my dad ate it all because he loved it so much.I t was easy to make and it had a great taste, thank you for your recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Great for Sunday Meal!

    KF from Concordia, Missouri

    I made this recipe for a group of guys working on a church workday. It was a warm, hearty stew that was so easy to prepare and they all loved it so much that there were no leftovers. I got lots of compliments and people asking for the recipe. Since I didn't get to try it I decided to throw another crockpot on the next morning and a loaf in the bread machine before church. When we got home we had a wonderful meal waiting for us. Thank You.

  •  Star(s)

    Very Hearty

    Misty from huntsville alabama

    This recipe was so good. I am not much for stew, but this one I was able to eat and the broth is thick which is what my husband likes and this was very easy I recommend this to anyone who wants a really good stew. Oh and I used whole canned tomatoes and just chopped them worked well.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    mssmokeyred from North Apollo, PA

    You'll want to make extras...this ones a keeper. In fact, I have numerous requests to make again this week. Everything was simple to prepare and everyone loved the results. Sour cream on top is an added treat with xtra green onions. Make extra and freeze. You'll be gald you did!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Hearty Beef Stew - Easy

    LP from New Jersey

    I found this recipe to be fast, easy and delicious. The best part is that most of the ingredients are things most of us keep on hand. I didn't use the potato, instead I added a 8 oz. package of sliced fresh mushrooms. Served over noodles with a salad and some garlic bread - just perfect.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful!!

    Lauren Shepherd from Ft. Myers Florida

    The stew is not only excellent in taste but quick and easy to make as well. I recomend it to everyone!

  •  Star(s)

    Winter Hearty !

    Anne from Dallas, Txas

    This stew was great in the cold weather. It is a nice starter recipee. I added extra things I had in my fridge. A can of italian crushed tomatoes, a jar of salsa, beef tips and sausage, frozen corn, okra and black eyed peas from a friends garden. I cooked it in the crock pot over night on low and made home made corn bread in my iron skillet before I searved it. I then topped it with crated cheese, sour cream and fresh chopped cilontro. Everyone loved it. Makes great leftovers and lunch for work.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious Meal

    Adrianne from Louisville, KY

    Fantastic recipe. I prepare a meal monthly for a Community Service Project and I made this for 65 people. It was very good. There were no leftovers; luckily I made a separate portion for my family. I added a bay leaf to the original recipe and also a cup of water. I received many compliments!!!

  •  Star(s)

    That's good cookin!

    Brian from Glendale, CA

    First time I did this, it came out awfully thick, but delicious! I used fresh tomatoes (none canned, so I boiled and skinned four romas) and a can of beef broth. It made fabulous leftovers with buttered bread. Thanks!

  •  Star(s)

    Modified as needed.

    R. E. Perrussel from Gibsonia, PA

    Very good stew. I used what I had around kitchen. A can of diced stewed tomatoes instead of the tomatoes alone. Also used 2 sweet potatoes (yams) instead of white. Also added some shredded cabbage instead of celery and my Mother always told me to add a teaspoon of sugar to a stew or soup to bring out the meat flavor.

  •  Star(s)

    very good

    elaine welch from

    This was a very good recipe. I made this for a Sunday family dinner and everyone was very happy with it. I was looking for something different in a stew and I found it. I quadrupled the recipe so I would have enough for everyone that day and I sure did. It was even better the next day.

  •  Star(s)

    Just a crock!

    Julie H. from Houston, TX

    My husband absolutely loved this recipe. I'm not a great cook, but this must have put me in the Guinness Book of Most Improved Cooks! I actually added 1 more potato, a handful of cut green beans and yellow squash. I didn't have any thyme so I used parsley flakes instead. I cooked the concoction in the crock pot for 5 1/2 hours on low and the meat came out VERY tender. My hubby said this recipe was a keeper. Yeah!!

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent!

    Bev Burton from Ontario, Canada

    I made this in the slow cooker and it was a big hit. It was so easy too!

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent!!

    Emily F. from Omaha, NE

    I added one bay leaf to this recipe to make it my ultimate favorite, easy beef stew recipe. I also added more potatos and about one tablespoon cornstarch to thicken. Wonderful to come home to after that long day at work!

  •  Star(s)

    Great!

    Carol Olson from Big Stone City, SD

    This was my first time to meals.com. I was looking for a beef stew without wine, unnecessary ingredients, yet taste and without a lot of hassel. I found it here! The stew was exceptional, simple and quick. Thanks meals.com! I'll be back for lots more in the near future.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    Andrea from Illinois

    I have made this stew several times for my family. I usually increase the serving size to double because I have 2 children. I work a parttime job and pick my kids up on my way home. This recipe is a Godsend for me because it is healthy and easy. I can have everything ready when my husband gets home from work. I usually get all of the ingredients ready in the morning and let it sit in the refridgerator to marinate throughout the day, so all I have to do is cook it when I get home. It only takes about an hour. It is great to have sites like this for working moms such as myself. Thank you.

  •  Star(s)

    hearty beef stew

    lori martinez from nyc

    Its the first time making this from a recipe, I usually make my own way, but I like the added touch of the flour, which made the recipe more thick in sauce. Also I don't usually use the can of tomatoe sauce, but it added flavor to this. The family I cooked this for said this was very delicious, and was put in her favorites folder.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Vicki from Lakewood, WA

    This was my first beef stew, it turned out wonderful! I would definetly recommend this recipe to anyone interested in making great beef stew. I did take the suggestion of adding more potatoes though. I also added more garlic, extra Maggies and lots of pepper. Thanks for the recipe!

  •  Star(s)

    AWESOME!

    Betsy Damschroder from Fort Myers, FL

    It was my first time making a stew and using a crock pot. For a novice, prep time took a little longer but is was well worth the wait. The stew was tender and delicious. My husband even asked if I was making it again this week (that is a miracle).

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Jenna from Vancouver, WA

    This stew turned out wonderful and the whole family loved it (even my 15 mth old). The only change I made was by adding a few more potatoes and green beans.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 400
  • Calories from Fat: 160
  • Total Fat: 18g (27% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 5g (26% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 80mg (27% of DV)
  • Sodium: 930mg (39% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 33g (11% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g (22% of DV)
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Vitamin A: 170% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 35% of DV
  • Calcium: 6% of DV
  • Iron: 30% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Hearty Beef Stew for Four

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) recipe-ready diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 2 MAGGI Beef Flavor Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

 

Directions

COMBINE flour, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Add beef; toss well to coat. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes and juice, water, carrots, bouillon and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover.

COOK, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Add potato; cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until beef is tender.

CROCKERY COOKER METHOD:
COOK
beef, onion, celery and garlic as above. Spoon beef mixture into crockery cooker; cover with potato, tomatoes and juice, water, carrots, bouillon and thyme. Cover; cook on high heat for 5 to 6 hours or on low heat for 10 to 12 hours or until beef is tender.

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