Basic Beef Stew

Chunks of Certified Angus Beef® brand, stew meat simmered in a beefy gravy and surrounded by your basic stew ingredients: carrots, potatoes, peas, and onions. Beef stew is a filling and comforting meal to serve during the crisp fall days!

Basic Beef Stew

 It’s been awhile since I’ve made a beef stew. Grumpy will mention it every once and awhile but because I’m not a too much of a beef stew person, its easy to not think about making it.  I was in the grocery store recently and was looking in the meat section, I saw that stew beef was on sale so I grabbed a package, thinking of Grumpy.

When I told Grumpy I was going to “wing it” and make a basic stew and just throw it together the way I thought a beet stew should be, he became concerned.  Grumpy was always a “stew starter” kind of guy before me.  I grew up in a home where packaged products like that were not found in our pantry and Mom would make everything from scratch!  That’s right, this girl was not brought up on processed mixes so it’s not in my nature to think of using it.

Basic Beef StewThe beef stew turned out quite flavorful and when Grumpy was done eating he even said “that was really good.”  He finished the leftovers the next night and proclaimed that it was the best homemade one I’ve made.  Well, well.  Guess he shouldn’t be so concerned about my cooking should he?  You know what they say about the hand that feeds you!

Serve this stew up with some homemade dinner rolls or a slice or two of homemade soft white bread to sop up all that flavorful gravy. Finish it all off with by making this easy Magic Pudding Dessert!

Basic Beef Stew

Basic Beef Stew

A beefy stew made with all the basics that is ready to serve in just an hour.
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basic Beef Stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 217kcal


  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 large carrots chunked
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon gravy master
  • 10 baby potatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  • Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Add stew beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add onion and garlic to the same pan you cooked the beef in and cook 3-4 minutes, or until onion becomes soft.
  • Add stew beef, beef broth, gravy master, potatoes, carrots, thyme, and oregano to the pan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and gently boil the veggies until they are just tender.
  • Add frozen peas and simmer just a couple minutes more. Mix the flour and water together until smooth, then stir into gently boiling stew. It should thicken fairly quickly.


I served this with some Naan bread that I bought and then heated on the griddle just before serving. You will definitely want to serve this with some bread to sop up all the delicious gravy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 519mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Pegasuslegend February 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    love how the light hits that stew looks salivating great! yummo!

  2. Peggy Clyde February 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I'm not a very good stew or soup maker, but I think I can make this stew. Thanks.

  3. Michele O'Donnell February 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    This looks delish! We have beef stew 2 or 3 times a month. We never use a recipe and it always turns out great.

  4. bellini February 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    It has been a while since I made stew as well Shelby. The winter and comfort food is not over yet, even if I was wishing otherwise.

  5. RebekahRose February 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I love beef stew with a good hearty homemade bread! Yumm! Great for those cool evenings. 🙂

  6. teresa February 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    love your new blog header, how cute! this beef stew looks wonderful! just the thing for a cold day.

  7. Kathleen February 23, 2012 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Hey Shelby! Love your new look! This beef stew looks delish and your photos are beautiful!!!

  8. Pam February 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    The stew looks hearty, healthy, and delicious.

  9. Grandma Kat @ Easy Recipes Land February 24, 2012 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I'm soo excited to try out this new recipe! I have my great grand children coming over this weekend and I think I'm going to run to the grocery store and get the ingredients to this recipe right now.

    Who doesn't love beef stew? Thanks so much for this recipe.

    Grandma Kat

  10. From Valeries Kitchen February 24, 2012 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I always crave beef stew at this time of year. We are having unusually warm weather here in Northern CA but I believe it's supposed to get very chilly this weekend. This is looking really good for the cold weather coming!

  11. Anonymous August 4, 2013 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Man that looks tasty!

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