Classic Beef Stew

This simple and healthy beef stew recipe can easily be made in an instant pot, slow cooker, in the oven, or on a stovetop. We will be showing you the different ways to cook up this delicious homemade beef stew so you can make it whichever way is more convenient. Enjoy tender, melt in your mouth beef chunks with soft comforting potatoes and carrots. We assure you that this will be the best beef stew recipe you will ever have!


▢ 2 lbs Beef Chuck Roast cut into 2-inch chunks, excess fat removed
▢ 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
▢ ½ Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
▢ 2 Tbsp plain Flour
▢ 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
▢ ½ brown Onion Chopped Large
▢ 4 Garlic Cloves minced
▢ 1 Large Carrot or two small-medium, cut into 2-inch chunks
▢ 2  Potatoes diced into 2-inch pieces
▢ 2 Cups Beef Broth
▢ ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
▢ 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
▢ 1 Bay Leaves
▢ 2 Tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves to garnish

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  • Preheat oven to 200° c.
  • Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through at this stage.
  • Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  • Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, and return the beef to the pot.
  • Cover the Dutch oven, and transfer to the preheated oven
  • Cook the stew for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beef is very tender.
  • Remove the bay leaf. Taste the stew and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Serve warm.

How long to cook beef stew in a crockpot

When using a crockpot, cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours,  and high 6-7 hours.

How long to cook beef stew in an instant pot

Once you’ve sauteed the veggies and browned the beef and you are ready to close the lid of the instant pot, it takes about 30-35 minutes on HIGH for the stew to cook through and become tender.