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Old Fashioned Beef Stew Easy Recipe

old fashioned beef stew

This is a basic Old Fashioned Beef Stew, hearty and comforting. It shouldn’t hurt your budget but will for sure make you want to make it again. Tender and juicy beef in a creamy thick gravy, what more can one ask for? This stew will taste even better the next day.

old fashioned beef stew served on a plate

Any Beef Cut Can do!

I have used chuck steak but it is not a must, the cooking time is long enough to make any cut fork tender. You can also add more vegetables like mushrooms and potatoes. I have served this stew over mashed potatoes, therefore, I didn’t add any in the stew.

old fashioned beef stew on mashed potato

Making Old Fashioned Beef Stew.

The thick yet creamy stew is best served with bread or mashed potatoes. Although the cooking time is long you don’t have to be in the kitchen all that time. What you should do is to check on the stew every few minutes in case more water need to be added.

old fashioned beef stew close up image

It is Summer but this stew can be served and enjoyed in any season. If you ever make this recipe, do let me know how you liked it in the comment box below.

Let’s make some beef stew together!

Old Fashioned Beef Stew Easy Recipe

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Author: Muna Kenny


  • 1 ½ cup chuck cut in cubes
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 leveled teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ + ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups water


  • Dredge beef cubes in flour and keep aside.
  • In a pan, add oil and brown the beef on both sides. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the previous pan and using the remaining oil, add the onion and carrot cook until onion is translucent.
  • Add the beef, garlic, all the spices, and stir for two minutes. Add the water and cook until the beef is tender and the stew is thick. If the stew looks dry add more hot water.
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  1. Looks so good over the mashed potato!

  2. This looks divine! I love juicy beef stew with a slightly thicker sauce. It’s a cold and rainy day today in New England, this would be perfect for dinner!

    • munatycooking

      It’s cloudy and will rain here in New York too, I think of making some for myself too 🙂

  3. This looks delicious! My husband loves comfort food and I think this would be a winner in our home. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Alexandra

    Never thought to put beef stew over mashed potatoes since my stew has potatoes in it. But this would be something different. (BTW, I had those same dishes back in the day! My son has them now.)

    • munatycooking

      I mostly have stews with bread but tasted great on mashed potatoes.
      I love these dishes, they look elegant don’t they, I have brown and blue 🙂

  5. Omg, I love beef stew. My mom used to make big crock pots of it when she was alive. I loved those nights! This looks amazing. I’m going to have to save this recipe.

    xo, Kimberly

    • munatycooking

      I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, this recipe is although simple but full of flavor!

  6. Beef Stew is one of my favorites! This recipe looks easy and delicious. Definitely going to be giving this one a try.

  7. This looks delicious! What an amazing, hearty and delicious dinner idea!

  8. 5 stars
    glad you shared the recipe with us it sounds so delicious and tasty one..great work though..gonna surely give a try to this..

  9. I’m vegetarian but this looks incredibly delicious! Also, I have to say that I love your photos 💜

  10. blair villanueva

    5 stars
    All I could think now after reading this recipe is that I want this for dinner. Yum! Now I am hungry 🙂
    5-stars for this recipe.

  11. Looks delicious! I’d love to try this! ❤️

  12. I don’t eat meat, so I’ll try this with portobello mushrooms instead of beef. I bet it will be delish.

  13. I’m craving. I love beef stew absolutely. We will try this, old fashion beef stew. Thanks for the wonderful recipe you made.

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