Beef Stew Recipe

Old-Time Beef Stew

This very simple and delicious beef stew recipe is a great base stew recipe. It is easy with ingredients that you can generally have on hand.

Prepare time: 5 mins
Cook time: 2 hrs. 15 mins
Servings: 6
Ingredients: 15

  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Steps: 8

  1. Brown meat in hot oil. Then add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice.
  2. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Then add carrots and celery.
  4. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer.
  5. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid.
  6. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth.
  7. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot.
  8. Stir and cook until bubbly.

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