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beef stew in pot with wooden spoon

Easy Stovetop Beef Stew

Sara Garska
Who says beef stew is boring? This stovetop beef stew recipe is rich, flavorful, and easy to make! Simple, real food ingredients shine in this hearty meal that is sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 412 kcal


  • Dutch Oven or Heavy-bottomed pot with lid


  • 1 pound chuck roast
  • 1 pound russet potato
  • 1/2 pound carrots
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic Add more if you want!
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 cups beef broth


  • Place cubed stew meat into a large bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 to 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix until all the beef is covered.
    beef cubes coated in Italian seasoning
  • Allow meat and cornstarch mix to sit on the counter for an hour.
  • Heat your heavy bottomed pot on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of light or extra virgin olive oil to the pot.
  • Once oil is warm, add the beef cubes to the pot. Cook until they start to brown, then flip. Brown on each side.
    browning beef cubes in pan
  • Remove the browned meat from the pot and set aside on a plate until you are ready to add it back to the stew.
  • Add the chopped onions to the beef drippings in the pot. Stir them over medium low heat for about five minutes until they are soft.
    browning onions in pan
  • Add the chopped garlic to the pot and stir for one minute.
  • Add the meat back to the pot. Add about 2 cups of the beef broth to the pot so that the meat is covered.
    beef cooking in broth
  • Bring the meat mixture to a low simmer, cover, and cook for an hour.
  • At the hour point, peel your potato and carrots. Chop them into uniform size pieces.
    chopped carrots and potato
  • Add the potatoes to the meat mixture. Add more broth if necessary, so that the potatoes and meat are covered. Bring back to a simmer.
  • In a small saucepan, add the carrots and about ½ cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for about half an hour or until the carrots are cooked through.
    pot of beef stew and pot of carrots on stove
  • Check to see if potatoes are cooked through. When they are, add the cooked carrots to the beef stew. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
    beef stew in pot with wooden spoon


  • Seasoning the meat before cooking gives it a chance to absorb more flavor.
  • Brown the meat before adding liquids.
  • Cooking carrots separately allows them to retain their shape and color.


Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 26gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 1166mgPotassium: 1131mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 9497IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 4mg
Keyword beef, soup, stew
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