Classic Beef Stew Recipe: Homemade Comfort Food
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Try this classic Beef Stew recipe that is cold-weather comfort food!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Stew
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Dash ground cloves (or ground allspice)
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and
  2. ground cloves. Cover and simmer 1½ hours.
  3. Remove bay leaves. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 additional minutes.
  4. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup water and cornstarch until
  5. smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
Crockpot Classic Beef Stew Recipe: Note that you can also make this in the crockpot. Add all of the ingredients early in the morning and set it to low for 8 hours (or low for about 4) and come back and enjoy that night! You can remove the bay leaf half way through, but you can also remove it before serving if you are not around. Either way will be fine.
Recipe by The Thrifty Couple at