Home Made Beef Stew Recipe

| March 12, 2012 | 193 Comments

A bowl of delicious southern homemade beef stew.
This thick and hearty Beef Stew is a one-pot meal that is much more quick and easy than you might at first think.  It only requires a few simple ingredients to prepare and although it has a lengthy cooking time, it’s a great way to cook up supper without a lot of fuss.  Slowly simmered to bring out all the flavors, you can sit back and relax while this one cooks.  Your family is gonna love it.

Originally published: March 12, 2012


We’re about to wrap up winter here in the south so I wanted to get this recipe online during these last days of cool weather.  OK, 80 degrees for the past several days…isn’t cool weather, but I think we’re still going to see a few more cooler days ahead before Spring actually arrives.  The trees around where I live have already burst forth in full bloom and look like they are covered with snow.  Just yesterday, I started seeing some green leaves appear as well.

I love spring, but over the past few years, I’ve been really hit hard with allergy problems.  I never had it until about 2009 when I took up fishing and started spending lots of time outdoors.  Problem is, it just seems to be getting worse each year since.  Still, I love this time of year….don’t you?

Beef stew is not just a winter meal, don’t get that idea OK?  It’s great any time of the year.  Its just that this recipe is kind of thick and it makes a great meal all by itself on a cold winter day.  The heartiness of the meat and potatoes alone, slow simmered in broth, will both fill you up and warm you up.

You would have normally found Beef Stew served up for Sunday dinner at my house.  Mama would cook up a great big old pot full, about 3 times as much as this recipe will make.  She would then let it slow simmer for hours on the stove until it was all just right.  It was only later in life that she acquired a slow cooker – or – crockpot, so my memories are of that big old aluminum pot she liked to use.  As I’ve mentioned in some of my other stories, we always had about 10-15 people at our house for Sunday dinners.  It was a time when all the family got together and usually included our pastor and his family as well.  My brother and sister were both married with new families of their own, and if they didn’t show up for Sunday dinner, Mama would call them to see if they were on the way….or why they weren’t….on the way.  Gotta love it.

Being a widower now for going on 14 years, sitting at home with a table of one….just isn’t the same.  I guess that’s why we look and refer to them as the “good old days” now.  But, for me, cooking up these old favorites can bring back a full rush of happy days from years gone by.  Days when I had my eye set on that one pastors daughter, just wanting to be around her and realizing that my whole reason for going to church was just for the chance to sit with her while her father preached down fire and brimstone.  Days when I hoped mama was going to invite them home for Sunday dinner and maybe….just maybe…she and her brother would stay the afternoon while her mom and dad visited with some other members of our church.  Of course, there are lots of other Sunday dinner memories in my head, but I’ll have to save those for later.  For now, let’s get this pot on the stove and cook up some good old southern comfort food.  If you’re ready…Let’s Get Cooking!


Home made Beef Stew ingredients you will need.
Beef Stew Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients.


Melt some butter in a large pot.
We’ll start out by melting about two Tablespoons of Butter in a large pot set on medium heat.


Slice up some onions.
While the butter is melting, slice up your onions.


Add the beef cuts to the pot.
Toss the beef cubes into the pot with the melted butter.  The beef used here is boneless, pre-cut cubes that are easily found in your local grocery store.  It’s usually chuck or round that has been cut into 3/4 to 1-1/2 inch cubes.  If you can’t find them already cut, you can do it yourself very easily.   Just select any chuck or round cut…except for top round…and just trim off the fat and cut it into bite sized pieces.


Brown the beef in the butter.
Brown the beef in the butter.  Some recipes call for tossing the beef cubes in flour before you add them to the pot.  I don’t think it matters all that much and just toss them into the butter.  I’m going to let them cook a bit until they start to brown but not get a brown crust on them.  Just stir them around every few minutes and let them cook.  This will take about 6-10 minutes depending on how hot the pan is.



Add the water.
When the meat has browned, pour in 4 cups of warm water from the kitchen tap.


Add the worcestershire sauce.
Add the teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce.


Add the onions.
Toss in the sliced onions.


Add the salt.
Add one teaspoon of salt.


Add the sugar.
Add one teaspoon of sugar.  Mama used sugar in just about everything.  I come by it naturally I guess.


Add the black pepper.
Add one half teaspoon of Black Pepper.


Add the paprika.
Add one half teaspoon of Paprika and stir all the ingredients together.


Cover the pot, let it simmer.
Place a lid on the pot and let it simmer.  I open the vent on the lid of the pot to let out steam as it cooks.  You’ll want to lower the heat down to about half way between your low setting and your medium setting on your stove.  You don’t want it to cook at a rolling boil, just a low and light simmer.  It will cook this way for about an hour.  Just check it about every 20 minutes or so and give it a stir at the same time.


Prepare the carrots.
While the meat is simmering, go ahead and wash up a couple of carrots for slicing.


Slice the carrots.
Slice up the carrots in about 1/2 inch rounds.  You want good bite sized pieces here.  Baby carrots would also work, but I even slice those up smaller whenever I use them in this type of recipe.


Wash the potatoes.
Scrub down the potatoes and prepare them for cutting.


Dice up the potatoes.
Quarter and dice the potatoes.  Try to cut them into uniform sized pieces so they will all cook up about the same.


When the meat has simmered down, it’s time to start adding the other ingredients.


Add the carrots.
Add in the sliced carrots.


Add the potatoes.
Toss in the diced potatoes.


Add the tomato paste.
Add in the Tomato Paste….then stir it all up real good.


Add the beef bouillion.
Add in the Beef Bouillion Granules.  I like using the granules because they are much easier to work with as opposed to those cube things.  The cubes take a long time to dissolve in my opinion.  Seems like no matter how much I stir, sooner or later, I’ll see a piece of one of the cubes floating around in the pot.  Of course, beef broth would also work very nicely, especially if you have home made.  We added 4 cups of water in the beginning so according to my jar, I need 4 teaspoons of Granules to make 4 cups of broth.


Give it all a good stir.


Cover the pot once again.
Cover the pot once again and let it all continue to simmer over that medium-low heat.


Simmer until done.
Check on your stew about every 20 minutes or so.  It will take about 30-45 minutes for the potatoes and carrots to cook until tender.  I like mine with just a little bit of a “bite’ left in them.  The longer it cooks, the more mushy the potatoes will become.  You’ll just want to keep a close check on it after you add the carrots and potatoes and cook it to your personal liking.

This is a great meal to prepare ahead of time, warm up and serve later.  If you’re doing that, don’t overcook the vegetables because they will cook even more once you warm the stew back up before serving.


Serve and Enjoy!
Serve and Enjoy!


Serve it with rice and cornbread.
Serving Suggestion:  Beef Stew is certainly a meal you can serve all by itself, but I really like it along side some cooked white rice and a piece or two of homemade corn bread.  It just doesn’t stay beside the rice for long.  I stir it all up together and eat it that way.  If you wanted to stretch the meal, either stir in some cooked rice or just let the rice cook during the last 15-20 minutes or so while you’re simmering the stew.

You’ll find lots of variations of Beef Stew here on the internet.  Some add green peas, celery, string beans, tomatoes, or even mushrooms.  I’ll just save all that stuff for the homemade vegetable soup.  Give me this basic meat and potatoes version any old time.  I do hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!


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Beef Stew

Home Made Beef Stew Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Beef
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This thick and hearty Beef Stew is a one-pot meal that is much more quick and easy than you might at first think. It only requires a few simple ingredients to prepare and although it has a lengthy cooking time, it’s a great way to cook up supper without a lot of fuss. Slowly simmered to bring out all the flavors, you can sit back and relax while this one cooks.



  • 2 – lbs of Stew Beef
  • 4 – Cups of warm water
  • 4 – teaspoons of Beef Bouillon Granules
  • 1 – medium Onion, sliced
  • 3 – medium Carrots, sliced
  • 6 – Red Potatoes, quartered and diced
  • 2 – Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1/3 – cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 – teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 – teaspoon Salt
  • 1 – teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 – teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 – teaspoon Paprika


  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pot over medium heat.
  2. Add in the stew beef cubes, brown for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add 4 cups of warm tap water.
  4. Add sliced onions.
  5. Add Worcestershire Sauce
  6. Add Salt
  7. Add Sugar
  8. Add Black Pepper
  9. Add Paprika
  10. Cover, let simmer on medium-low heat for 1 hour.
  11. Add carrots
  12. Add Potatoes
  13. Add Tomato Paste
  14. Add Beef Granules, stir all ingredients well.
  15. Cover again, simmer for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  16. Serve warm and Enjoy!


Serve this Beef Stew in a bowl by itself for a hearty and delicious meal..or…serve it alongside some rice and cornbread to stretch it out even further.

Keywords: Home Made Beef Stew Recipe, made from scratch, vegetable beef stew, homemade, old fashioned, southern recipes


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  1. Ryann says:

    This is my go to beef stew recipe! I absolutely love it and have been making it for years!

  2. This is so delicious. I love recipe it is simple and easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing.

  3. There is way more than 2 reviews with 5 stars, I know I’ve read them and rated 5***** my self so they need to fix the web when your recipe is searched it says 2 reviews with 5***** should be over 100

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kathleen, Thank you for your comments. It’s hard to understand what happens sometimes when you do a search for our recipes. I’m glad you found us though and thank you for sharing your comments. Thank you for giving us 5 stars on the Beef Stew. I appreciate that. I do appreciate your visits and hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Blake says:

        Been using this recipe for the last four years now. It’s one of our favorites for cold winter days in Texas. We will be cooking this tonight, as we have a cold spell before it climbs back into the 70s!

  4. Greg says:

    I grew up in Gaston County NC in the 60s/70s and my Mama, of course, made the best beef stew. I’ve never been able to duplicate it, but let me tell you, I followed your recipe to the letter (except I did flour the beef chunks), and it is delicious! Second only to Mama’s. I live alone, and it’s all I can do to keep from eating the whole pot tonight. I live in Seoul and will freeze up single serving portions (large ones) to enjoy on the freezing nights to come. I may even indulge for breakfast. Thanks for the great recipes. A great surprise was your pizza dough (pizzas my favorite too!) which I’ll summon up the courage to try soon.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Greg, Greetings all the way to South Korea from North Carolina. What’s a Carolina fellow doing in Seoul? Smile. I’m very happy to hear that you tried the Beef Stew and that it turned out well for you. It is good stuff isn’t it? And, I’ll gladly accept the “Second only to Mama’s” accolade. That’s the highest honor I could expect. Nobody ever cooks better than what our Mom’s did. Smile. Thank you for sharing your results with us. Maybe it will encourage someone else to try the recipe. I appreciate you taking the time to write and do hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

    • Priscilla says:

      I added flour as well. It gives a thicker flavor!

  5. Pamela says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe AND your memories. This is my go to beef stew recipe. It’s just delicious. I wouid love to sit at your table, sharing a bowl of this stew and hearing some more of your memories.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Pamela, Thank you so much, that’s very kind of you. I’m glad you enjoy the Beef Stew. It’s my pleasure to share the recipes. I do appreciate your visit and I hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Pamela Byrnes says:

        Hi Steve!
        I’m making the beef stew again today. Michigan has had a rough January and February so far and this will definitely help cope. I hope you are well.

  6. Kim says:

    Great recipe!! Family loved it! Made 2 little changes, used beef broth instead of water and was out of tomato paste so I omitted the sugar and added a bit of ketchup. Still turned out well! I’m excited to have a new addition to our dinner rotation!

  7. Sarah says:

    Amazing recipe! Everyone loved it!! Thank you!

  8. Thomas J says:

    I don’t cook, other than grille. Thought I’d like to try a beef stew like my mother made and came across this recipe. Sounds doable for someone like me…already printed out the recipe and the ingredients I need. After reading the comments I’m now really excited to see how this turns out. Thanks!

  9. Linda says:

    You make your beef stew just like I make mine. only I like adding a package of onion soup mix instead of the onions. and I usually use the beef broth depending on what I have on hand.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Linda, The onion soup mix sounds good. I’ll have to remember to try that next time. I appreciate your comments and your visits. Do visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  10. Farhana says:

    Had to adjust the portions of this recipe to feed 10 people but turned out amazing and everyone loved it! Thanks:)

  11. This is my go-to recipe when I make beef stew; I’ve made it a bunch of times and it’s always a favorite, thank you!

  12. david says:

    I’m making my second pot of this great stew!

  13. Linda Hicks says:

    Wanted to thank you so much for a wonderful stew recipe, the meat was so tender and moist. We enjoyed it and will be our recipe from now on. We also tried your pork chops and they also were great. Thanks for taking the time to post your recipes.

    Have a Merry Christmas,

  14. Louise says:

    I never cook, but today since its cold and icy outside i decided to have a look for a nice stew and found this website got it simmering away and omg it smells delicious! Im sure we will all love it. I am looking for low calorie low carb recipes as im getting bored eating the same things. If you could recommend some recipes id appreciate it.

  15. Faith says:

    Hey Steve, I love this recipe! I just have a quick question; the recipe says that there are 6 servings in this dish, and I was just wondering, about how many cups is one serving? Thanks!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Faith, I’d say somewhere around 1-1/2 to 2 cups would be about right for a serving. Hope this helps. Thank you for the question and please let me know if you try the recipe. I hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  16. Tiffany says:

    Made this tonight with great expectations… I really thought I did it step by step but mine came out tough :'(

    • Terri says:

      Next time add some dumplings on top about 15 to 20 minutes before the stew is ready.

    • Faith says:

      Last time I made this recipe, I let it simmer longer than the 45 minutes suggested. Let yours cook for about two hours, and the beef and vegetables will be nice and tender. 🙂

      • Freda says:

        My TIP:
        I always Cook the Meat Longer to make sure My meat is TENDER before I add the Vegies. or use a Pressure Cooker. . Only because Not all the Meat is a tender Choice. Then I add my Vegies & cook til tender. perfect every time. . . .


  17. Jane Montford says:

    This is my go-to beef stew recipe with its simple, basic ingredients. I add 2 tablespoons of instant tapioca to thicken it. My whole family loves this!

  18. Wanda Hardy says:

    I have tried this beef stew and it is delicious. It is easy and turns out every time. I have a pot of this stew on now. This is a winner!!

  19. Andrea says:

    I absolutely love your stew recipe. I was raised by my grandparents and this stew is exactly like the stew my Grandma made ! Thank you so much for sharing !! Now in my late 20’s, I cook this for my husband and he LOVES IT! I add some peas and a little Tony’s Chachere’s to give it some spice and boy does it turn out extra tasty !

  20. Sean says:

    After much searching, I found this to be the best recipe for a classic beef stew, especially since no oven is required. I decided to also add a clove of garlic in with the onions and it certainly added a bit of extra natural flavor. The finished result was adored by everyone in the family. However, I did find that it had a bit too much of a tomato flavor. Perhaps it was because I marinated the steak in a dry red wine first. When I reheat the leftovers I think I will add a bit more beef broth which will return it to a more beefy flavor. Otherwise a fantastic and simple recipe. I look forward to making it again. Thanks!

  21. Judy says:

    This Beef Stew recipe was easy to follow and easy to make – and i do not like to cook! It tastes great and I will be making it again. Thanks for sharing!

  22. oldnuke says:

    And celery. I always put celery in my beef stew. And maybe a chopped tomato or two if they are in season.

    Eat your vegetables! 🙂

    (Actually, my Mom never had to tell me that. If I didn’t clean my plate, I was probably sick. 🙂

  23. Jackie Johnson says:

    You look almost identical to a friend of ours here in Coshocton, Ohio! He has to be your long lost twin. This recipe sounds delicious also. I am making up a grocery list and I am going to add ingredients to make this recipe.

  24. Jeff says:

    I made this today for dinner tonight. The recipe was quick and simple and easy to understand. My wife really enjoyed the way it turned out! I’ll be making this again but will double the recipe to have more leftovers.

  25. Yvonne says:

    Hi, Steve!

    I was in the mood for beef stew since the weather feels more February-like rather than temps in the 70’s that we had over the weekend. Gotta love Indiana. I have a package of frozen deer meat already chunked that needs to be used up, so I think I’ll substitute it. Maybe brown it in some bacon grease to kill that gamey flavor. It might not be gamey, since the deer around here eat well on the soybeans and corn grown close by. If I used the canned deer meat from last year, one would never be able to tell the difference between it and beef. Only problem with that is my hubby can’t get passed the look of meat in a jar to eat it. I’ll do it the long way. Keep the recipes coming, friend!

    • Linda says:

      My mother and grandmother always soaked venison in salt & vinegar water. About heaping T of salt & 2-3 T of vinegar. Dissolve. Add venison and fill with cold water to cover meat. I let mi e soak overnight or 3-4 hours. Takes that gamey taste out.

  26. BF says:

    With your help I realize what my stew has been missing looking forward to making the next one.

  27. Mary Singer says:

    Hello there! Happy day to you.

  28. Shirley Nemeth says:

    I made Beef Stew recently, but I want to try your recipe before it gets too hot here in Florida to eat it. (Just seems to me it’s a cold weather dish). Regarding the question and answer you gave for the cornstarch – I always use it because I like to make lots of gravy (sauce, whatever you call it) so I use it to thicken it at the end of cooking time. Just be sure to mix it with a little cold water before stirring it into the stew or you’ll have lumps in your stew. Cook a few minutes longer after adding the cornstarch/water mixture.

  29. Colm says:

    Steve, your recipes are simple and popular. Gonna make the stew this weekend. It is much colder here near Toronto; last week was around zero degrees F. Brrrrr, need some stew! Thanks.

  30. Shana says:

    My father-in-law had foot surgery yesterday. He LOVES homemade beef stew, a true southern cowboy (boots, horses, and all). So, (being the good daughtet-in-law that I am, lol!!) I decided to make him a pot. A southern gal myself, I have made many a pot of stew, but I enjoy trying new recipes. Always on the hunt for a good ole’ southern recipe, like momma and grandma used to make. While searching for another awesome southern beef stew recipe, I came across your website. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your memories of your momma’s Sunday dinners (your Southern Collard Greens recipe, can’t believe you don’t like them!?!?) To make a short story long, I have your stew on the stove now simmering. From all of the reviews, I am sure he will LOVE it. It smells so good, I may have to sneak a little bowl for myself, shhhh. Now, to search for a good ole’ southern biscuit recipe to go with the stew. I’m sure you have one posted on here somewhere. And I will definitely be making those collard greens because we Alabamians love our greens! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes and the memories you have of a good ole’ southern upbrining!

  31. Khadijah says:

    Hi Steve,

    I followed your directions and the soup looked exactly like the photo! The pictures made it much easier as I learn best visually. The soup was really good. I added more salt, pepper, garlic salt (by accident) and garlic powder to it. I also added some frozen peas which I cooked on the side, drained and then put in with the rest of the stew. The beef, potatoes and carrots were perfect!

    I’m confident I can make anything now! This should be on the menu at a restaurant!

    Thanks for sharing, it’s much appreciated! 🙂

  32. Veronica says:

    I tried this recipe today and my usually picky eater boyfriend loved it! I added some celery and substituted chile powder because I didn’t have paprika. It was a hit! Glad I tried this recipe. I’m adding it to my weekly menu.

  33. A. Walker says:

    I’m in the process of cooking this for my daughters and my husband right now and they say it smells so good. I’ve cooked it before but I wanted to try new ways of doing it. I didn’t use Worcestershire sauce or granules because i didn’t have any but hopefully it still comes out great. I’m from MS and I love southern recipes.

  34. Brad says:

    Hiya all! If you are an outdoors person, venison works great in this recipe, it was Yummy!

  35. Sabrina says:

    I’m going to make this sometime this week and was wondering if I can use a can of diced tomatoes?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sabrina, I’m a little late in answering your question. Did you try the diced tomatoes? I’m sure it will turn out well if you use them. That’s the beauty of making a stew, you can add what you like or remove what you don’t like. I hope you’ll let me know how it turns out for you. Thank you for your visit, it’s greatly appreciated. Do stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • alicia says:

        Hi steve can I substitute the paste for catsup? Out of tomato paste.

        • Steve Gordon says:

          Hi Alicia, You could use catsup, but might need to add a bit more to taste. It’s not as concentrated as tomato paste. Let me know if you try the recipe, and if you like it. Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you’ll visit again real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  36. Tonia says:

    Hi Steve,

    I have been wanting a good beef stew recipe for quit a while. Well I don’t really like beef, but I can remember my moms beef stew. I am getting older and now want more of that home cooking to start sharing with my children, now that they are older. I want them to have something to share with their families.
    I looked and searched many websites before I went with your recipe. I am preparing this meal for my family tonight, and I hope they love it. It smells delicious and I have only started the meat and onions. I can’t wait to try this meal. I am going to make cornbread with it also to make it last.
    Thank you for having this website and giving great instructions on how to prepare the meals. I love it so far.


  37. Travis Herring says:

    Love the sound of this recipe, and plan on making this tonight! One question though, would it be acceptable to use beef broth instead of the water and granules? I’ve never attempted a stew before and would love any advice. Thanks!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Travis, Mixing the granules and water just makes a beef broth, so using a prepared liquid broth will be just as good, if not better. Granules are just easy to store and that’s why most folks use them instead. The results will be about the same. I hope you’ll enjoy the recipe. Thank you for trying it. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  38. Glinda Lathan says:

    Steve, I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I’ve made your Beef Stew recipe a couple of times and it always turns out great! For years I used a certain brand name packaged seasoning but in search of a more healthy recipe, I found your recipe. It certainly fits the bill perfectly! Thank you for sharing.

  39. Don P. says:

    I am a single dad raising two girls on my own for the most part. I work 12-14 hours a day. It is very refreshing to find such a great recipe, easy to follow and best of all that TASTE WONDERFUL.

    Thank You

  40. barb says:

    Hi there! I came home sick from work today and all i could think about on the way home was how good a nice stew would be. So I googled stew and this came up. All the wonderful comments inspired me to give it a try. Can i just say YUM!! So good. And perfect for a sicky like me. The best part? I have enough left overs that i won’t have to cook tomorrow either…Which means i can be sick in peace lol. Thanks for sharing!!!

  41. Laurie Serak says:

    Ok, I live in Indiana where stew is a winter staple. I have always made beef stew, but could never really get the texture or consistency I wanted – thick and robust. I used Better Than Bouillon instead of the granules. If you haven’t tried it you must. It makes SUCH a flavorful difference is soups, stews, etc.
    I used the slow cooker and steamed the carrots and boiled the potatoes after the meat rue was finished. I am letting it all steep now! I have never put tomato paste in my stew. I am excited to taste it. I will definitely serve it with rice. Thank you!!! 🙂

  42. Chelsey says:

    So tasty! Really enjoyed making it. Made the whole house smell great! Made some homemade cornbread to go along with it! Food for days!!! Thank you!

  43. Lisa K says:

    I made the stew last week it is so good . It is so easy to make . Thank you .

  44. Samantha walker says:

    I made this today. The only thing I did different was I seasoned the meat before cooking. I also lightly cooked my meat in olive oil. It came out great!

  45. Renee H. says:

    I am a VERY finicky eater! I am trying to try new things AND cook healthy meals for my family. My husband and all three boys (ages 3-10) LOVED IT! They ALL BEG for this! It’s fantastic! Thank you so much for such a great recipe AND taking the time to show it step-by-step! 😀

  46. Lisa says:

    Going to try this recipe tonight for my husband . With the cornbread and rice. He is from the south so I’m hoping he likes it. I will let you know.

  47. Angela from Hawai'i.... ALOHA! says:

    Aloha Steve!

    Tried your recipe and it was FANTASTIC! My husband and I LOVED it. Here in Hawai’i, we have our own way of making beef stew, but one night, I decided to Google different recipes. I came across yours and tried it out. I did add some Italian seasoning for a little more flavor, though. Served it alongside white rice and macaroni salad (the staple here in the islands). All in all, it was FANTASTIC!!! Going to make it again tonight.
    MAHALO for sharing!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Angela, Greetings from North Carolina. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the Beef Stew recipe. Thank you for trying it.

      I’d love to see YOUR recipe for making beef stew, and for the macaroni salad. If you’d like to share, just email them to me via the Contact Page on the website. Thank you in advance. I’d love to learn more.

      Thank you for your visit, and for your comments. I trust you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  48. marianne says:

    I’m going to try this recipe tonight I am a big fan of beef stew. I will let you know what me and my family think. Thanks

  49. Bernie O'Mahony says:

    Dear Steve

    I just came across your recipe for beef stew and my mouth is watering just looking at ingredients and simple instructions.
    I intend to make it later in the day.
    Regards from Waterford Ireland.


    • Colm says:

      Conas ata tu? Nice to someone from the ould sod here, making stew. Irish stew was mostly lamb based, if i recall from my Wicklow days long ago. Colm

  50. Yvette franks says:

    This recipe is lovely. My family loves it. I now live in the UK where it is more often cold than not. My husband s African and even the Africans love. A smile for home, thanks

  51. Jeana says:

    I just made this and it is a hit!! I poured it over white rice and I do believe there will be no leftovers. Great for those cold nights and a great meal to make without having to stand there and watching it cook worrying if you are going to mess it up. When I made this I did not have Worcestershire Sauce, instead I used A1 steak marinade sauce instead. Turned out great! This one is getting put into my recipe box and passed around! Thank you!!

  52. william forni says:

    I just love this recipe. I make it all the time now. Thank you.

  53. Linda eppinger says:

    Hi I found your recipe when looking for a home made Brown gravy for my beef stew my boyfriend of four years love’s my home made beef stew but I use Brown gravy mix so this is interesting to me I am gonna try it next time ………. southern love from Georgia

  54. Norah says:

    Cooking it right now, and my 4 year old says it smells soooo good. It is just starting to snow, looking forward to enjoying this comfort food during this cold weather. Thanks!

  55. Michael says:

    I tried this a couple of days ago, and it was delicious! The beef was cut a bit too large, and I went a bit heavy on the tomato paste, but those are little teething problems that I can adjust for next time.

    Thanks very much for a simple, clearly explained and lovely dish.

  56. TennHawg1 says:

    2nd Time Ive made it in 3 weeks. Awesome both times! Thanks Steve! AND I had to add some of my grandmas’ secret cornbread. What a great recipe for a cold night in Tennessee.

  57. Laura says:

    I am going to cook it now!!

    Thank you so much;)

    May God scatter blessings upon you like rays of sunshine…

  58. Joyce says:

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! When I asked my husband what he wanted for his Valentine meal, he said, “That Awesome Beef Stew” you make.Thanks Steve for your recipes and the stories. And this stew is sooo goood!
    Anyone can make this perfect stew. Steve is a seriously fantastic southern cook. And the directions are perfect, the preparation is easy. Go ahead and get a big bowl. ‘Cause otherwise you’ll be going back for seconds.

  59. Narceli Reali says:

    i will definitely try your recipe, im sure my hubby and kids will love it!

  60. Marlynda says:

    This recipe looks great! I’m melting the butter as we speak. Can’t wait to taste it.

  61. Michelle says:

    Found the recipe on google, can’t wait to make it today..all the reviews sealed it for me. Thanks

  62. Tanita says:

    Decided to make a Beef Stew to go with the cold weather. I must say that this recipe is by far the BEST Beef Stew that my FAMILY has ever HAD!!!! Me and my Husband were really surprised as to how simple the recipe was to follow and how tasty it was.. All 3 of the our kids ate there whole meal and wanted 2nds.. I will definitely be cooking this again..

  63. Pam says:

    My kids all agree…BEST BEEF STEW EVER! And they are hard to please! This is a must try recipe and you will never cook another again. Thanks Steve!

  64. Cynthia P says:

    I came across this site looking for a stew recipe. I love this site and this recipe is the very best hands down. My husband has been out of the country and he requested this stew for his welcome home. I am also making it for my family gathering on Christmas Eve.Thank you Steve for the great recipes. Your Great Northern Bean and Ham is equally tasty. Thanks

  65. Dale says:

    I never made beef stew before. I am a single father and I stumbled across your recipie on Google. It was amazing!! My 6 year old is lucky and she loved it!!!! Thanks a lot for sharing with us and happy holidays!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Dale, I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern, and that you were willing to try our Homemade Beef Stew Recipe. I’m very happy that you and your daughter enjoyed it. Keep up the good work and be sure to get your daughter involved with your cooking adventures. I appreciate your visits, and trust you will stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  66. Karen says:

    WOW. I made this stew today after a quick Google search for “quick beef stew.” It is the best beef stew I’ve had. My husband said the next time we have guests, this is what he wants me to make. Thank you for sharing. The recipe is already printed and in my recipe box.

  67. Brandon Perkins says:

    Hi Steve,
    I still want to try all of your recipes, but the beef stew was so good that we are making it again tonight. I have told a lot of people about and I hope they are as happy as we are with the amazing recipes that you provide. Everyone owes it to themselves to try this beef stew. Thanks again.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Brandon, Thank you for your kind comments and compliments regarding Taste of Southern. I’m happy to hear that you tried our Home Made Beef Stew Recipe, and that it turned out well for you. Thank You also for sharing information about our site with your family and friends, it’s greatly appreciated. Hopefully, your comments will encourage someone else to try the recipe. I do appreciate your visits, and trust you’ll stop by to visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Brandon Perkins says:

        Making the beef stew again tonight, it has become one of our regular go to favorites. But finally tried another recipe a couple nights ago. The Salisbury was so delicious. We are going to start trying a new recipe from this site each week and leave a review on it. It’s amazing how the ingredients are so simple, yet the most flavorful food we’ve ever had. Merry CHRISTmas and GOD Bless.

  68. Mary says:

    Made it again! So delicious! Love your recipes and how you take a picture and detail every step. Thank you. You make me feel like I can cook like my mom.


  69. Brandon Perkins says:

    Hi Steve,
    My wife and I made two pots of this tonight, and it was absolutely amazing. This is by far the best beef stew I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to try other recipes from your website.

  70. Amanda says:

    I made this stew with all the ingredients listed except worsterschire sauce because I had run out…The smell that filled the house when the stew was cooking was absolutely heavenly…Dinner came and went and ALL 5 of my kids loved it, even my 1 year old. My husband states, ” This is the best thing you have EVER made.” Thanks to you Steve, I can cook homemade meals step by step with pictures to assist me so I do not do any more kitchen blunders. I will keep coming back to your site. I am blown away! I have more confidence in the kitchen now, so thanks so so much!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Amanda, Thank You for making my day. I really appreciate your comments, and I’m happy to hear the Home Made Beef Stew turned out well for you. It’s among my favorites as well. Of course, with 5 kids, I suspect you’ve been cooking some good meals a long time, but I do appreciate your compliments.

      I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern, and I do hope you’ll stop by and visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Levi Shishler says:

        I’m busy making it now and it looks/smells amazing 🙂 will let you know the outcome and my wife’s comments (shes a critic hehe) thank you Steve.
        From South Africa

        • Steve Gordon says:

          Hi Levi, Greetings to South Africa from North Carolina. I do hope the Home Made Beef Stew turns out great for you. I’ll be waiting for the comments from you and the wife. I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern, and that you’re willing to try one of our recipes. I appreciate your visit and trust you’ll stop by to visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  71. tracyc273 says:

    I don’t like beef stew, but made this for kids and the taste was great. Its deff a keeper

  72. Joanne says:

    I found your website when I was searching for a new beef stew recipe. Tried this last night and we loved it. It was easy to make and so good. Finished it when we got home from church today! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  73. Gayla says:

    Thanks for a simple, straight forward recipe! I made this beef stew tonight for the first time and can assure you it won’t be the last! My husband and I both love it…
    Thanks again!

  74. Jesse Eason says:

    Trying this recipe out now, I will be cooking cabbage and rice with it and of course my home made red velvet cake. I hope it is great

  75. Debbie says:

    I picked up a couple of chuck roasts on sale yesterday. Today I cubed up one of the roasts and made this beef stew recipe. I have never really cared for beef stew myself. I usually find something else for me to eat. Hubby is the one who likes beef stew. Well, things have sure turned around as of this recipe! I sneaked a taste as the luscious aroma while it was cooking was tempting me. I found this to be yummy scrumptious and hubby loved it as well! This beef stew recipe will be a permanent keeper at my house for sure! Thank-You!

  76. Loved this recipe and shared it on my blog! (And, of course, gave you the credit.) 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Courtney, I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern, and that you enjoyed our Beef Stew recipe enough to share it with your readers. Thank You.

      I appreciate your visit and hope you’ll try some of our other recipes. I have a pretty good recipe for Cole Slaw, and one for ham that I think you’ll enjoy. (Smile) What’s up with not liking those? But, you’ve got pretty good taste with your Southern Gospel Music choice. I’ve seen Brian Free in concert numerous times.

      Best wishes with your blog and your writing adventures. We certainly need a lot more young ladies willing to stand up for their faith, and I trust you’ll do well with your writings. It’s all in HIS time… right?

      Thank you again for your visit, and I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  77. Dawn Shaffer says:

    Dear Steve,

    I found this recipe a few months ago and I have been making it regularly ever since. We absolutely love it, even my most picky eater can’t get enough of this! I was wondering if there is a way to adapt it for a slow cooker? Would it work the same to throw everything together all at once and cook it all day long in the crockpot? Thanks for the yummy recipes!


    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Dawn, I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern, and that you tried our Beef Stew recipe. I’m not a fan of the crock pot method of cooking. I know that will stir up some comments against me, but I’ll have to take the heat from it I guess. I’ve got a crock pot, and I’ve cooked in it. I’m sure the recipe would probably come out fine should you use the crock pot method, and hopefully you’ll come back and let me know how it did should you try it. Thank you for your visits, and be sure to stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • ms. giles says:

        Hey Mr. Gordon,

        My mom is not a fan of the crock pot either, me however is a different story, (l.o.l) your recipe was very tasty in the crock pot, I am an on the go mom with 4 teenagers, I slowly cooked all ingredients except the vegetables while i was at work, came home added the veggies helped with homework, put babies in the tub, feed them and had ME time after that nice meal

  78. Loved this recipe. Made it last night, and we ate every last bit. I used beef broth instead of water. It was awesome!

  79. Shelby says:

    I made this along with your recipe for buttermilk biscuits and banana pudding, and all of it was gone! Needless to say, it was a hit. I will certainly be making all three of those recipes again! This beef stew recipe was very easy to follow and didn’t require a lot of preparation. Thanks for the recipe!

  80. Susan Bryant says:

    Making now with cornbread. The tasting along the way is luscious! Added english peas per request from the family. Will make rice also 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Susan, I do hope the Beef Stew turns out well. It will go great with that cornbread and rice. Let me know how it turns out for you. I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern, and I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Susan Bryant says:

        It was A GIGANTIC HIT! I think the tomato paste makes the difference! So yummy! Thanks very much!

  81. Gerhard says:

    Dear Steve, thank you for this awesome recipe. I am from Cape Town and the weather just turned cold today so I was feeling like making the family a hearty stew to at least brighten up the inside of our home. Being a 45 year old male who never made a stew before, I rushed to Google and after spending almost an hour here, I found what I was looking for. An easy to prepare, well instructed manual. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and know that in doing so, you warmed at least one South African family on a cold an wet day. I just wish you could see the surprise on my wife’s face as she walked in and found me making this! That was a priceless moment.
    Warmest Regards,

    Here is the best part,it looked exactly like yours and it tasted great. The family loved it. Thank you once again Steve!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Gerhard, Greetings to Cape Town all the way from North Carolina. I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern and our Home Made Beef Stew Recipe. I’m delighted to hear that you tried it, and that it turned out well for you. I’m just sorry to hear you’re having some cold weather.

      Keep up the good work with the cooking. It’s my pleasure to share the recipes, and comments like yours make the effort worthwhile. Maybe it will encourage someone else to try our recipe as well. I appreciate your visit and do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  82. Meredith says:

    Just bought some nice looking stew meat from a local butcher that I just won a gift card to, and I think I’m gonna use your recipe to make it tonight! It looks just like the stew my dad used to make, and I’m sure it’ll be just as good. I’ve never seen tomato paste used in stew before, but I feel like it’s going to make it even more delicious. I’m itchin’ to get started! Thanks!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Meredith, Congratulations on winning the gift card. I’m happy you purchased the stew beef and that you’re going to use it to try our Home Made Beef Stew Recipe. I do hope it turns out really well for you. Let me know, OK? I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern and hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  83. Laura says:

    Stumbled upon a gold mine when I found your site! This recipe is EXACTLY what I was looking for. So pleased to make your acquaintance and I’m sure I’ll be back often.
    Blessings! lg

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Laura, It’s a pleasure to meet you as well. I’m thankful that you found Taste of Southern and our Beef Stew Recipe. I think you’ll enjoy it once you try it. Please let me know how it turns out for you. I appreciate your comments and hope that you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  84. Dee says:

    Hi Steve. This beef stew recipe looks so easy and yummy! Can you please tell me when the corn starch in your picture of ingredients is added to the recipe?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Dee, I think I’ve just been BUSTED. I had to go back and take a look at the recipe again to see what I left out. Best I can figure, I never actually used the cornstarch. It would go in at the last to thicken up the broth a bit, but I honestly don’t think I used any. I even looked through the photo files and don’t see where I took a photo of adding any.

      I do appreciate your question, hopefully it will help someone else that tries the recipe as well. You have a good eye for certain. Thank you for your visit today, and I hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

    • Shana says:

      Thanks for asking this question! I was wondering the same thing since it was in the pic of ingredients. So I did a “find on this page” search for “cornstarch” and your question with Steve’s answer (cornstarch) came up. I like my stew broth to be thick so I was wondering if he used the cornstarch to get the thick consistency. Apparently, he didn’t need it, lol! Can’t wait to try this recipe, Steve!!

  85. Ana Lopez says:

    Im so glad I found this recipe which has all the ingredients that I already had, the pictures with each direction was great and made it easier for me to follow. My cousins in-laws loved it! Thank you! 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Ana, I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern and that you tried our Home Made Beef Stew Recipe. I appreciate your compliments on our site and I’m very happy to know that you and the in-laws enjoyed the stew. Perhaps you will try some of our other recipes as well. I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  86. Pam says:

    I’ve just recently left my grandma’s house to start living on my own within the past two weeks and have been missing her cooking quite a bit. I’m also fairly new to the game myself (23) and so have been a bit hesitant to jump into the meatier dishes. I generally have trouble balancing when to throw in onions versus the potatoes but the way the recipes are laid out on this site is very helpful! I look forward to trying this recipe either this week or next, I’ve got my heart set on the beef, gravy, and rice recipe first.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Pam, Welcome to Taste of Southern. I’m thankful you found our site and I wish you all the best as you head out on your own. I congratulate you also for being willing to try some of our recipes. I’m sure it’s not going to be as good as Grandma’s, but hopefully, you’ll enjoy our recipes.

      Just like heading out on your own, cooking can be a true adventure. Don’t give up if you don’t get it right the first time. Just keep trying, finding your mistakes, and overcome them. You can do it! I know you can.

      I do hope you’ll enjoy both the Beef Tips with Rice and Gravy, and our Beef Stew Recipe. The whole point of all the pictures is so you can see how the recipe should look each step of the way. I’m glad to be of help.

      I just trust that things are where you can still call on Grandma for some of her advice and her tips in cooking. Hopefully you can sit down with her and get some of her own recipes on paper, so you can treasure them and cook them always. Sounds like she’s a great cook and could be a great source of information. Then, maybe one day you can cook for her and show her how much you’ve learned. What do you think?

      Keep up the good work. I’ll be waiting to hear how you like the recipes when you get a chance to try them and how they turned out for you. Be sure to stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  87. Candace Boyce says:

    I tried the recipe Mr.Gordon and my family and I loved it thanks so much haven’t tasted beef stew this good in awhile neva knew their was someone out there that makes beef stew better than my mom…. Thanks Loved it…

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Candace, You do know that you’re going to get both of us in trouble don’t you? Saying this is better than your mom’s could be BIG trouble. But, having said that, I do Thank You for the compliment and I’m glad that you tried the recipe. In reality, it was YOU that made it, so I guess it’s OK if it turns out better than your moms. (Whew… did I get out of that one?)

      I’m thankful you found our Beef Stew Recipe and tried it. I do hope you’ll try some of our other recipes and that you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  88. Melissa Sutton says:

    Sooo good! I made this today, was very easy to follow, and everyone ate every bite! We’ve got a family of eight and it can be very tricky to please everyone!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Melissa, I’m thankful you found our site and that you tried the Beef Stew recipe. I’m happy to hear that you and the family enjoyed it. I can only imagine what it must be like to cook for a group like that everyday. Happy to know they all liked it.

      I appreciate your visit and hope you’ll continue to visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  89. Texas Gal says:

    Just awesome loved the taste best beef stew I’ve ever tasted. I added a whole can of tomato paste was too late by the tim e I read the amount to actually add. I added a extra cup of water and extra workershire sauce.. still good !

  90. GiGi says:

    Thank you so much Steve for this absolutely DELICIOUS recipe! It is now a weekly favorite, especially now that it’s the winter time! GOD Bless!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi GiGi, I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern and happy to hear you’ve been making our Beef Stew Recipe. I’m really glad you like it. Just wish I could help you out more with this winter weather. Snuggle up… OK?

      Thank you for sharing your comments and I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  91. Barbara says:

    Hello there, Steve! I have to tell you, I am 49 years old and I am just learning to use the computer. I was delighted to find your beef stew recipe! If I may say so, I’m impressed that I actually found what I was looking for!

    I am in the frozen North – BURRRR! I lived in the sunny South for twenty years and I loved every moment of it. Unfortunately, I have been in Hospitals and Nursing Homes the past 19 months. I have been on my deathbed 3 times. My family brought me home.

    But, God is good all the time! I have finally recovered and am looking for a place to live. Won’t be returning to the South though. I have a wonderful man in my life and guess what? He likes BEEF STEW! Thus, my search! Seek and ye shall find!

    I can’t wait to try your recipe. Looks heartwarming, healthy and wholesome. Just what the doctor ordered! Thank you! Keep up the great work!

    By the way, my Grandmother used to take me catfishing. She has passed now, but i have to tell you – she went out and pre-purchased her tombstone and it has a catfish on it! How ’bout that?! Sure enough, she had a catfish engraved on her tombstone! She picked it out herself! And if my memory serves me well, I do believe it was the picture of the catfish on the container of the Old Whiskers Catfish Bait she used to buy. It was cheese stink bait and she used to mix cattail fuzz into it to give it a more doughy texture because otherwise it would just melt off of our hooks. Oh, that used to make us so mad. What a riot!

    That catfish was her epitaph. No words were necessary. My goodness, if my Granmother had a dollar for every catfish she ever caught, cleaned and fried she would have been the wealthiest woman in the history of the universe! Bless her heart!

    Anyway, when I looked up that beef stew recipe, I saw “Taste of Southern” and went right to it. So glad I did! Thank you!

    God bless, and keep on cookin’!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Barbara, Can you see my great big smile right now? You made my day with your stories. YES, God IS good… all the time, and all the time, God is good. We are so blessed.

      First, keep up the work on that computer. Everything I know I’ve learned through trial and error. You can do it, and it can be a lot of company for you. You have an amazing story and I’m really glad that the family took care of you and you’re getting better all the time. Maybe some more of our warmer weather from here in the South would help. (I wont mention its 28 degrees today. Ha)

      You must have had a very interesting and amazing Grandmother. I’ve done some Catfishing, but have yet to skin and clean one. They put up a great fight when you hook them, but I have to bring out the gloves to take it off the hook. Where I do most of my fishing, if someone else around me wants my Catfish, I tell them they have to take it off the hook. I hear they can “sting” you pretty bad, and I don’t need any part of that.

      Thank you so much for your comments and for sharing your memories. I’m truly thankful you found Taste of Southern and hope you’ll enjoy the Beef Stew. Let me know if that man of yours likes it… OK?

      I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  92. Casey says:

    We Floridians are typically too far south to be considered part of the South- but we still have a lot of Southern traditions down here. My favorites are sweet tea and hearty beef stew! Although beef stew is often a cold-weather (and we don’t get that very much) meal, it is VERY much a comfort food. The temperature is cooling off here a little bit (and by cooling off, I mean that it’s around 68 degrees), and I had a hankering for the beef stew my grandmother used to make. She passed away long before I could learn the recipe from her, so I took to the internet to search for something that seemed similar. I found your site, liked the look of the recipe and the simplicity of the cooking process, added a wee bit of minced garlic (Garlic Fanatic #1, here), and BAM! I could be 4 years old and sitting at my grandmother’s table again.

    Thank you very much for posting this! The stew turned out beautifully, my Northern husband is now raving about Southern food, and I got a great deal of enjoyment from reading the back story that came before the instructions. I’ll be browsing through your other recipes as soon as I finish posting this comment. 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Casey, I loved your story and truly appreciate you taking the time to post your comments. I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern and very happy to know that you tried the Beef Stew Recipe and enjoyed it. That always makes my day. I’m just sorry you can’t be enjoying some of our cold 28 degree weather we just got here in North Carolina. Wish I could send you some.

      I do hope you’ll try some of the other recipes and I’ll be looking for you to stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  93. Kevin says:


    This stew has to be the tastiest, heartiest stew I’ve ever eaten.

    All ingredients easily found in my parlour, and your easy to follow instructions makes it so easy to prepare and follow.

    Much tastier than what we’d normally make in Ireland, fed me and my two girls for a few days (wife a vegetarian)

    Thanks for sharing. I too have passed on this recipe via a few friends and family .

    Seasons greetings from County Kildare.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kevin, Greetings to County Kildare from North Carolina. I’m very thankful you found Taste of Southern and delighted to hear that you tried the Beef Stew recipe, and that you and the girls enjoyed it. I appreciate your comments and that you took the time to share them with us. Hopefully, you can try some of our other recipes as well. I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  94. Deb says:

    Ice storm here! Roads are closed! Been outside three hours trying to take care of split branches and recover our driveway from the broken trees and limbs. While many around us have no power, we still do. Asked hubby what he wanted to eat, he said, “hot homemade beef stew”. Happy I had a chuckeye roast in the fridge and that I found your recipe on the net! It’s cooking now and smells delicious! Thanks!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Deb, I do hope you kept power long enough to finish the Beef Stew. Sounds like you’re coping with the ice storm. Around here, a quarter inch of ice on the roads shuts everything down. It’s Christmas Day and 40 degrees with bright sunshine, so we’ll try to send a little of that your way. OK? I just want mention that about 2 days ago, we broke the all time high with 78 degrees.

      Thank you for trying the recipe. I hope you and the family enjoyed it and I’ll be looking forward to a full report when you get the chance. Keep warm and do stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  95. Catherine/ Single mom says:

    I was looking for a good, simple and easy home made Beef Stew…. I Found It!!! Heading into the kitchen now…. Thanks and Stay Blessed Steve!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Catherine, I do hope the Beef Stew recipe turned out well for you. I appreciate you giving it a try and hope you’ll try some of our other recipes. I am Blessed, just by your comments. Thank You.

      Do visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  96. Hazel says:

    Made this ,this morning and it is awesome ,the meat melts in your mouth and there was just enough spices to give it a wonderful taste .Next time I will double the recipe .Thank You

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Hazel, You’re very welcome! Thank You for trying our Beef Stew recipe, I’m glad you liked it.

      I do hope you’ll visit with us often. I appreciate your comments and compliments. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  97. drew g says:

    I made it with beef heart instead and it turned out great……. my wife says its the most tender beef she’s ever had (she didn’t know it was heart) and it was gone in no time. Next time I’ll have to double the recipe so I can enjoy leftovers.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Drew, You served your wife “heart” and didn’t tell her? You’re a brave fellow there Mr. Drew. (Smile) Happy though to hear that the recipe turned out well, and that you both enjoyed it. I promise not to tell either… OK?

      Thank you for taking the time to share your comments, keep up the good work. Do visit with us often and be sure to try out some of our other recipes. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  98. Larry Akers says:


    Nice recipe. Cooked it tonight with some rice and made a displaced southerner feel right at home. Thanks for sharing.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Larry, Beef Stew over rice is one of my favorites, especially during cold weather. Guess I need to make another batch for myself before too long. I’m happy you tried the recipe and hopefully it brought back some good southern memories for you. I do hope you’ll consider trying some of our other recipes and we’ll be looking for you to stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  99. Kathleen Barrett says:

    This is the best best beef stew recipe ever..I’ve read a lot of different ones and by far this recipe is easy to understand,simple ingredients and absolutely soothes the soul. Now everyone asks me to make this when I visit. Thank-you so much for sharing!! <3

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kathleen, WOW, thank you so much for your compliments on our Beef Stew recipe. I’m so glad that you tried it and liked it. I liked the “soothes the soul” reference. Thank YOU for sharing your comments and do stop by for another visit… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Kathleen says:

        Hi Steve! Your So Welcome, I’ve made this recipe several times since I wrote this. I was checking in bc I’m making it tonight…it’s hot out but I have ac and it’s a one pot recipe worth it!!! Thankyou again!!

  100. Jenzyjordan says:

    This is a great recipe! I have been hungry for some beef stew all week and decided to make this today. I have it on the stove now and it is almost ready… wish you could smell how good it is…. thanks for the recipe!

    I did make some “adjustments” because I can almost never follow a recipe without changing it a little 🙂 It tastes good!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Jenzyjordan, I’m thankful you were willing to try the Beef Stew Recipe and glad you liked it. We always enjoy someone willing to make changes and make a recipe their own. Keep up the great work. Now you’ve got ME wanting some. Thank you for sharing your comments and be sure to visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  101. Lee Ann says:

    This is the first really cold day this fall, and beef stew just seemed imperative. So I am waiting now for the veggies to cook–a hard task because the broth tastes so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Steve !

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Lee Ann, I hope you were ready for the colder weather. We got our first taste of it this past Friday night and I’m not looking forward to Winter. I wasn’t finished enjoying Fall yet.

      I hope the Beef Stew turned out well for you. I’ll be waiting to hear how it goes. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and for trying the recipe. I hope you’ll try some of the others as well. Don’t be a stranger, visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  102. Rhonda says:

    My daughter will soon be off to college and I have tried to find a thick stew she loves. I will be trying this today but am a bit concerned with the paprika as she is very sensitive to spice. Does this taste spicy? Can I add canned green beans when I add the carrots? She loves rice, much more than the rest of the family, so hopefully this will be the receipe she loves! The step by step directions are perfect. Thanks

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Rhonda, Congratulations to your daughter for making it into college, I know you must be proud of her. I don’t personally think the Beef Stew is spicy. You can certainly omit any spices that you don’t like or can’t tolerate. As for the green beans, canned one’s will work and you can add them at the same time as the carrots.

      I do hope it turns out well for you and that your daughter likes it. I’ll be waiting to hear a good report. Thanks again and do visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  103. Marla says:

    I love this stew. It is the best stew I have made. So on this rainy cold day I plan to start cooking this stew. Thanks again for this recipe. Marla

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marla, I’m sorry to hear it’s cold and raining, but glad to know you’re turning it into something positive with a big bowl of Beef Stew. That should warm things up for the whole family. I’m glad you found the recipe and thank you for sharing your comments and results. I do hope you’ll try some of our other recipes and that you’ll continue to visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  104. Lette says:

    Ok, hands down this is my favorite recipe of yours I have tried so far!! I am actually eating some as I type this. My dad who is Alabama raised loved it. The flavors are perfect and I thank God he has laid it on your heart to share in such detail with strangers how to cook such great food. The only change I made to the recipe was the type of beef. My husband thinks stew beef is stringy so I bit the bullet and bought 2 pounds of top sirloin. A pricey meat for a stew- but oh your recipe was definitely worth the price of the meat. It is now going to be one of my staple recipes. (Btw I had the exact same plates and bowls you served your meal on in these pictures so I knew this recipe was for me :-).

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Lette, I like the way you think. See a plate and bowl like you have yourself and it’s the right recipe. How cool is that?

      I’m glad you tried the Beef Stew Recipe, and the top sirloin sounds like a good change. Very glad to hear that your dad loved it, and I hope your comments of approval will encourage someone else to give it a try as well. Cornbread goes really well with this by the way.

      I do appreciate you trying the recipes and taking the time to share your results with us. I hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  105. Love cooking says:

    Followed the recipe. And my family loved it!!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Love’s Cooking, I’m thankful that you found the recipe and tried it. Very happy to know that the family enjoyed it and hope you might be willing to try some of our other recipes. Thanks for sharing your results with us. It might just help encourage someone else to give the recipe a try. Do visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  106. Linda says:

    Dear Steve,
    I grew up spending summers fishing in Lake Erie (mostly perch, white bass, yummy catfish, crappie, sunfish, occasional large mouth bass and once in a great while a pike or walleye) in the late 50s/60s so I’m curious as to what kind of fish you catch and maybe some recipes for your fish fries! Meanwhile, its 97 degrees here in Texas at 11PM and I still am craving your beef stew! Tomorrow I’m gathering the ingredients and making a big pot of it and my three grown sons, who have come home, and I will probably fight over it like a pack of ravenous wolves! It looks amazing! Thanks for posting it with the pictures! God bless you! Linda

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Linda, Thank you for sharing your comments and I do hope you will enjoy the Beef Stew Recipe. I’m afraid 97 degrees around midnight is a bit too warm for me, maybe things will cool down soon for you.

      We have two large lakes near where I live. I pretty much only fish just one of them and haven’t been able to do as much of it as I’d like to have done this summer. I’m a big fan of Crappie. I love to fish for them, love to catch them and really enjoy eating them. We also have catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill and some perch along with a few others.

      I have been wanting to do a post about the fish fry’s we have and maybe I can do that before too long. I have several fishing friends that I fish with at The Pier of one of the lakes. We give all of the Crappie we catch to one friend in particular and he takes them home and cleans them. Then, about every two months or so, he and his wife will invite us all over to their house for a fish fry. It’s a great day for sure when that happens. We’re long past due on having one but we have to get out and catch some more fish first. So, stay tuned. Thank you again for stopping by and do visit with us again. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  107. gabriel says:

    Im not a cook at all, never have been but I followed this recipe to the tee and it came out delicious. I ended up making a big ole pot of it for my uncles birthday and there was nothing left of it when it was time to go home…lol! Im actually making a pot of it right now for me and my father. Thanks for putting this recipe online for everyone to enjoy….take care.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Gabriel, Already cooking a second batch… impressive. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about our Beef Stew Recipe. I’m so glad that you liked it and that it turned out well for you. Sounds like a pretty nice birthday present for your uncle if you ask me. Thanks again for stopping by and I do hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  108. rishma says:

    Hi ,
    Due to my background , I was raised not to eat beef , but having tasted it at 25 , I’m now realizing what i’v been missing out on ! Needless to say , I had no idea how to cook beef BUT i tried this recipe and it was wonderful ! I love that you keep everything step by step with pictures ! keep up the good work and I cant wait to try more of your recipes 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Rishma, Thank you for your kind comments about our step-by-step recipes here on Taste of Southern. I’m glad you found the Beef Stew Recipe and tried it out. I guess thats a pretty big step for someone that didn’t eat beef until 25. I do hope you’ll give some of our other recipes a try and I’ll look forward to more good reports from you in the future. Please stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  109. Karina says:

    Hello Steve. I found your website last week and decided to try out this recipe. I just had to come back and leave a comment. I made this tonight, and it came out absolutely delicious. I made no substitutions and followed your recipe exactly, and it came out amazing. Everyone in my house came back for seconds, and thirds of your beef stew. Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Karina, I’m delighted that you found us and Thank You for giving the Beef Stew Recipe a try. I’m happy to know that it turned out well for you and, to hear that everyone liked it. Thank you for your kind comments. I do hope you’ll give some of our other recipes a try and that you’ll stop by for a visit with us again real soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  110. jessica says:

    Very delicious… boyfriend even went for thirds and polished off the leftovers… says a lot since he hates leftovers and only goes for seconds if he likes it…. I’d say we both loved it and he keeps asking for more… another pots on now 🙂

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Jessica, Careful now… you know what they say about the way to a mans heart, right? I’m glad you tried the recipe and liked it, especially enough to be cooking another batch up already. I truly appreciate your comments and look forward to you stopping by for another visit real soon. Keep up the good work. My best to you both. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  111. David says:

    How tender is the meat for this stew? Seems it may be tough being that it is cooked for 2 hrs only.
    I have a person Im cooking it for, an older man and, is very specific that the meat be tender.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi David, Thank you for your question. Stew meat is not the most tender of meat choices but, it does cook down to be pretty easy to chew. And, you may find that you need to cook the stew longer than suggested. You could always go for a bit higher quality of beef cut, like a steak to get something more to what you would prefer. I hope this helps. Thank you for stopping by and we hope you’ll visit with us again real soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  112. Cheryl B says:

    I am making this tonight…can’t wait. It is freezing here in Indiana today and this reminds me of being a kid and coming in after playing outside to a piping hot bowl of stew and cornbread. Thanks! Have a blessed day.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Cheryl, Thank you for your comments and for your visit. I’m glad you’re giving the recipe a try and I’d like to know how it turns out for you. Hot soup or hot stew is always good on a really cold day. We’ve been below freezing here for the past 5 or 6 nights with some freezing rain and ice this past Friday and Saturday. However, we’re headed for highs around 70 during the day coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday. How crazy is that? Please drop by to visit with us again soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  113. joe (mister mom ) says:

    Howdy Steve, I just made a big ole pot of this stew ….I loved it, my kids loved and, most important…its a great left over for the next day … I’ll be making this often sir…as well as trying other recipes from you!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Joe, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you gave our Beef Stew a try and that it turned out well for you and the family. You’re right…it’s great as a leftover and…it just seems to get better the next time you heat it up. I’ll look forward to your comments about some of our other recipes should you give them a try. Thank you again and I do hope that you’ll stop by again reall soon. Say hey to the kids for us. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  114. Tammy says:

    Hi Steve! I was looking for a simple but good beef stew recipe. I gave yours a try and it was very good! My family loved it! I will be trying more of your recipes.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Tammy, I’m glad you tried the Beef Stew recipe and happy to know that it turned out good for you and your family. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments, that’s greatly appreciated. I hope you’ll visit with us again real soon and be sure to let me know if you try some of the other recipes. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  115. Wendy Allen says:

    Steve, I came across your website late last night while looking for an easy quick recipe my family would love! Well Steve you did it. I have two young children an I was able to make this during nap time an its so delicious my husband went back for thirds LOL, so I just wanted to say Thank you an God bless I made enough to have some after church Sunday also. I will be coming back to try more recipes.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m so glad you found us and that you were able to try out the recipe. I’m really glad that you and your family enjoyed it and I do hope you will be able to try some of our other recipes soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments. It’s notes like yours that make posting our recipes all worth it. I look forward to you stopping by again soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

  116. Sharina says:

    WoooHoo…. I am making this tonight! I just happened across the site… I love it! Seems like a wonderful “real” stew, thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for the little back story too… Makes the food sound all that much better! Have a great day!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sharina, Thank you for your comments. I’m really glad you found our home on the Internet and I’ll be waiting to hear how the Beef Stew turned out for you. It’s always nice to read a comment from our visitors and it makes my day to know someone has decided to give one of our recipes a try. I hope you’ll tell your family and friends about us and that you’ll stop by again soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

    • Tony McNair says:

      This turned out delicious. My wife was sick and I fixed this for her. She and I agree this is the best we ever had!! Thanks for sharing it with us

  117. mongoose says:

    Makes me want to go and try it right now.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      So what are you waiting for Mongoose? Give it a try and let me know how yours turns out. Thank you for your comments and for visiting Taste of Southern. I appreciate your visits. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

    • Qiyoshi says:

      Im actually cooking it right now and can’t wait to try it!

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