Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

Made with beef stew meat, vegetables, beef broth, and bay leaves, this stew makes a rich and savory sauce, perfect for dipping homemade bread into.

Winter 2019

Total Hands-On Time: 2 hr 10 min

Cook Time: 2 hr 10 min

Yield: Yields 4 servings


Add a slice of your favorite home-baked bread to make this recipe complete.


  • 3 to 5 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4-1/2 cups beef broth, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into chunks


  1. Heat 3 teaspoons oil in a large stockpot. Add beef, and brown on all sides, adding more oil as needed. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add vinegar and 1 cup broth to the pot, and cook, scraping up any browned bits. Add beef, remaining broth, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until beef is tender, about 1-1/2hours.
  3. Add onion and carrots, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in potatoes, and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. If stew is dry, add some additional broth or water.

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