Easy Homemade Beef Stew (2022)

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This Classic Homemade Beef Stewrecipe is so easy to make and so heavenly. A one-pot meal that’s hearty, flavorful and loaded with tender beef morsels, potatoes, and carrots. Cooked in a rich and savory sauce, this beef stew recipe is comfort food at its best.

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This simple and healthy beef stew recipe can easily be made in an instant pot, slow cooker, in the oven, or on a stovetop. We will be showing you the different ways to cook up this delicious homemade beef stew so you can make it whichever way is more convenient. Enjoy tender, melt in your mouth beef chunks with soft comforting potatoes and carrots. We assure you that this will be the best beef stew recipe you will ever have!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BEEF STEW

Lets first talk about how we made this easy vegetable beef stew recipe.

  • Preheat oven: While prepping everything else preheat the oven to 325° F.
  • Prep Beef: Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides.
  • Heat Skillet: Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. If you don’t have a dutch oven, use an oven-safe skillet/pot that has a cover.
  • Partially cook beef: Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through at this stage. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.Easy Homemade Beef Stew (2)
  • Add other ingredients: Then add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Mix and simmer: Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, and return the beef to the pot.
  • Cook in Oven: Cover the Dutch oven (pot), and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook the stew for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Serve: Taste the stew and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve warm.

Note: To finish cooking this beef stew on the stovetop, cover the pot and let it simmer for 60-90 using medium to low heat. Check it occasionally to see if the beef is tender using a fork and add some broth or water if the sauce starts to dry out.

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How to make beef stew in a crockpot or slow cooker

So many of you out there love the convenience of using a crockpot or slow cooker. Who wouldn’t? Set everything up, go to work, go run some errands, take your kids to their activities and come back to dinner ready to serve!

There is a quick method to using a crockpot to make this hearty beef stew and another more flavorful method.

THE QUICK METHOD:

  • Turn on the crockpot or slow cooker
  • Add the beef, veggies, broth, spices, and all the ingredients in together at once.
  • Give it a nice mix
  • Cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours, and high 6-7 hours.
  • To thicken the stew, 30 minutes before serving, remove about 1/2 cup of the liquid/sauce, mix it with about 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Pour it back in and allow to cook and thicken up. Remove bay leaf, serve and enjoy.

MORE FLAVORFUL METHOD

  • Set up the crockpot
  • Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. The beef does not need to be cooked through. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.
  • Deglaze – Add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add the broth and let it cook for another minute to deglaze the bottom of the skillet and collect all the flavors.
  • In the crockpot or slow cooker, add the potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • ADD in the beef. Give it a good mix to combine everything.
  • Cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours, and high 6-7 hours.
  • To thicken the stew, 30 minutes before serving, remove about 1/2 cup of the liquid/sauce, mix it with about 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Pour it back in and allow to cook and thicken up. Remove bay leaf, serve and enjoy.

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How to make beef stew in an instant pot

  • Prep: cut up beef into small chunk sizes along with the potatoes and carrots
  • Prep Beef: Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides.
  • Brown the beef: Turn on the instant pot, and put it on the saute mode. Add the oil and then add the beef. Brown the beef for 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Cook onion: After you remove the beef, add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes and stir until brown and soft.
  • Deglaze: Pour the broth over the onions. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir for a minute.
  • Season: Next, add the tomato paste, seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Add beef and veggies: Then, add the beef in, top with the potatoes and carrots. Finally, add the bay leaf.
  • Close IP and cook: Close the lid of the instant pot, turn the steam release valve to seal. Press manual, and cook at high for 35 minutes, then allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes before opening the lid. Remove the bay leaf.

Notes: If the stew is not thick enough to your liking, you may thicken it with some corn starch. We mentioned above to use the sauce of the stew to mix in with some cornstarch but another way to thicken the sauce would be to mix about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with a tad bit of water and pour into the instant pot. Mix and turn it to sautee mode again for another 5-10 minutes until the stew thickens up. Serve and Enjoy.

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Some frequently asked questions about beef stew

How to thicken beef stew

The easiest way to thicken beef stew would be to mix about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with some water, add it to the stew, stir and cook for a few more minutes until it thickens up. Not too keen on using corn starch? You may use some whole wheat flour instead.

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You could always remove some of the carrots and potatoes and blend them with a bit of water before returning it back to the stew to thicken it up.

What to serve with beef stew

Here are some great side options to try with beef stew:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Quinoa
  • Brown or basmati rice
  • Corn Bread
  • Mashed potatoes – Try THIS low carb cauliflower mash potato
  • Salads and steamed veggies

How long to cook beef stew in a crockpot

When using a crockpot, cook on low for 9-10 hours, medium 7-8 hours, and high 6-7 hours.

How long to cook beef stew in an instant pot

Once you’ve sauteed the veggies and browned the beef and you are ready to close the lid of the instant pot, it takes about 30-35 minutes on HIGH for the stew to cook through and become tender.

How to cook beef stew

There are a few ways to cook beef stew. It will depend on your preferred method. You can cook on your stovetop, in the oven, in your crockpot or slow cooker, or in an instant pot. We have discussed all the methods above to show you how to cook your beef stew.

what cut of beef is a stew meat

The most popular cut of meat used for stew is Chuck. You may also use a variety of roasts like bottom round, round tip, top round, and pot roast. Some others to consider would be oxtail, bohemian, and cross-cut shank.

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Easy Homemade Beef Stew

Made with tender meat chunks, carrots, and potatoes in a deliciously seasoned sauce on a stove-top.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 383kcal

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Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Beef Chuck Roast cut into 2-inch chunks, excess fat removed
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat for non-gluten
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Yellow Onion Chopped Large
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Large Carrot or two small-medium, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 Yukon Gold Potatoes diced into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325° F.

  • Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides

  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through at this stage. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.

  • Add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned.

  • Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, and return the beef to the pot. Cover the Dutch oven, and transfer to the preheated oven

  • Cook the stew for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaf. Taste the stew and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve warm.

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Notes

Notes:

  • You may add an additional 1-2 cups of water or more broth if you like to have more broth on your stew
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Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2223IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 6mg

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FAQs

What is the secret to good stew? ›

Give stew plenty of time

For most types of stew, it takes time to develop great flavor. Stew uses collagen-rich, tough cuts of meat, which need at least two hours to break down. If you try to rush it and boil the stew, the muscle fibers will shrink and become tough. So give yourself a few hours to let it do its thing.

How do you make beef stew meat tender? ›

Chuck meat is your best bet for beef stew, but it's also a pretty tough cut so it needs time to break down and become tender. Rush the cooking process and the beef will be tough and chewy. Follow this tip: For really tender meat, cook the stew low and slow, for approximately two hours.

What ingredients are often used in stew? ›

Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables and may include meat, especially tougher meats suitable for slow-cooking, such as beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausages, and seafood. While water can be used as the stew-cooking liquid, stock is also common.

What are the steps for stewing beef? ›

Stewing Basics
  1. CUT & DREDGE. Whether you're using pre-packaged cubes or cutting your own, aim for cubes about 1-inch square. ...
  2. BROWN THE BEEF. Heat a drizzle of oil in the pan over medium heat and brown the meat on all sides, and drain (unless your recipe says to leave the drippings). ...
  3. ALL TOGETHER NOW. ...
  4. SIMMER & STEW.

How do you add richness to beef stew? ›

Here are 10 ways to really boost the flavor of chili and stew.
  1. Season as you go. ...
  2. Include dried mushrooms. ...
  3. Stir in caramelized onions. ...
  4. Swap in roasted garlic. ...
  5. Simmer with whole spices. ...
  6. Up the umami with miso paste. ...
  7. Spice it up. ...
  8. Stir in a spoonful of fish sauce.
1 May 2019

What gives beef stew a rich flavor? ›

It's the hard herbs that are best suited to a long slow cook. These are also the herbs that suit the flavour of a beef stew best: a couple of fresh or dried bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage. You could use parsley stalks if you happened to have any. Herbs increase the fragrance and flavour of the stew.

How long should I boil beef stew meat? ›

Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the beef, beef broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. Cover and cook, skimming broth from time to time, until the beef is tender, about 1½ hours.

Does stew meat get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

Per The Kitchn, meats that require longer cooking times, including sirloin, can end up tough and chewy. Meanwhile, tougher cuts, such as chuck, get really tender during the cooking of a stew.

How do you tenderize stew meat quickly? ›

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What is the liquid in stew called? ›

Soup is a form of presentation - the liquid is called broth as ingredients or additives flavor it. Stew is a process of cooking - the liquid becomes a gravy as the ingredients cook in it.

What cut makes the best stew meat? ›

Go for the chuck

The most common beef used for stew is chuck steak, also known as gravy beef or braising steak. Beef chuck comes from the forequarter of the animal consisting of parts of the neck, shoulder blade and upper arm. It is easy to find and it's affordable, making it a great choice for your stew.

What are the best vegetables to put in beef stew? ›

Here are seven vegetables you should be adding to stews and braises right now.
  • Hearty Greens. Give your stew the gift of greens. ...
  • Mushrooms. A medley of mixed mushrooms (like cremini, shiitake, and oyster) add meatiness, both in flavor and texture. ...
  • Root Vegetables. ...
  • Winter Squash. ...
  • Fennel. ...
  • Cauliflower. ...
  • Eggplant.
12 Jan 2017

How can I thicken up my stew? ›

A slurry is a mixture of some type of starch, usually cornstarch, and water—use cold water, hot water, or the hot liquid from the stew. Mix the starch and liquid together, add it to the stew, and bring everything to a boil. The stew will start to thicken almost immediately without much impact to the total cooking time.

How Long To boil beef to make it tender? ›

Check on the meat, add 1 cup of water, stir to combine then continue to cook on medium heat until the meat is tender to your liking. Depending on the quantity, size and the cut of meat you use, the beef should be fully cooked at about 30 minutes in total.

What does vinegar do in stew? ›

The addition of the vinegar adds subtle acidity that balances well with the soy sauce and the honey giving this otherwise super hearty beef stew a nice lightness to it. Feel free to add sweet potato noodles(glass noodles) or egg noodles to this dish, serve it alongside rice, or as-is.

What herb goes with beef? ›

Using herbs on beef is a great way to enjoy a scrumptious beef dish. You can opt for dried herbs like rosemary, oregano, tarragon, and thyme or fresh herbs like chives, basil, coriander, and parsley. Remember that fresh herbs taste best when sprinkled over meat just before serving.

What gives meat its flavor? ›

Flavor Library

What is it that flavors meat and leaves us craving more? Umami, together with fat, gives meat its irresistible flavor.

How can I make my beef taste better? ›

Tips for Improving the Flavor of Your Meat
  1. Seasoning. You can use seasonings to improve the flavors of many of your favorite meat dishes in many different ways. ...
  2. Marinate. Marinating your meat is when you soak the meat in seasoned liquid before cooking. ...
  3. Brining. ...
  4. Rubs. ...
  5. Grilling. ...
  6. Stir-Frying. ...
  7. Pan-Frying. ...
  8. Pan-Broiling.
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How do you add flavor to beef? ›

HOW TO BOOST FLAVOR IN MEAT
  1. Add salt and pepper (1/2 tsp at a time).
  2. Mix it with sauteed or roasted vegetables. ...
  3. Cook with taco seasoning or other/additional spices of your choice, such as paprika, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon or oregano (1/2 tsp at a time).
19 Mar 2020

Do you cook stew covered or uncovered? ›

Always cover your pot if you're trying to keep the heat in. That means that if you're trying to bring something to a simmer or a boil—a pot of water for cooking pasta or blanching vegetables, a batch of soup, or a sauce—put that lid on to save time and energy.

How long does beef take to cook on stove? ›

Stove Top Skillet Beef
Stove Top Skillet Cooking Beef Guidelines
Beef CutThickness/WeightApprox. Total Cooking Time Over Medium Heat
Shoulder Tender Petite Roast Medallions½ to ¾ inch5 to 6 minutes
Shoulder Top Blade (Flat Iron Steak)13 to 15 minutes
Top Loin Steak boneless¾ inch 1 inch10 to 12 minutes 12 to 15 minutes
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How do you make beef cubes tender? ›

You can pound the beef chunks with a meat mallet to tenderize them. Making beef chunks tender requires using low heat in a slow cooker or searing the meat in a heavy skillet in liquid. You can also use a meat tenderizer to create a less chewy meat.

How long boil beef cubes? ›

The rule of thumb is to allow 12 to 15 minutes of gentle boil time per pound of beef. But the time also depends on the amount and kind of meat you're boiling. A thicker cut of meat will take a long period of time compared to small beef cubes. More surface area on small batches means less time boiling.

Do you cook beef before putting in stew? ›

If you are making a slow-cooked recipe that calls for ground beef, like chili, beef stew, or meat sauce, browning the meat beforehand makes a huge difference. Ground meat should always be browned in a skillet and drained before adding it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients.

Why does my stew meat get tough? ›

The second way to overcook your meat is to cook it at too high of a temperature. If you don't leave the beef simmering at a low and slow temperature, the proteins in the meat will seize up and become tough, and the collagen and fat won't have time to break down, leaving you with a rubbery, inedible product.

How do you tenderize meat naturally? ›

Simply soak your beef cuts in these natural tenderisers before cooking, and we guarantee the beef will be fall-apart tender!
  1. 1) Tea. Tea contains tannins, which are a natural tenderiser. ...
  2. 2) Coffee. ...
  3. 3) Cola. ...
  4. 4) Pineapple, pawpaw, figs, kiwis. ...
  5. 5) Ginger. ...
  6. 6) Baking Soda. ...
  7. 7) Vinegar. ...
  8. 8) Beer or wine.
9 Nov 2016

Does vinegar tenderize meat? ›

Just add 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to your cooking liquids and your roasts, stew meats, and steaks will come out tender and juicy every time. Another option is to pierce your meat all over with a fork and then soak it in vinegar for 1 to 2 hours before you cook it.

What are 3 ways for tenderizing meats? ›

According to our trusty "Food Lover's Companion," there are three ways you can tenderize meat chemically: long, slow cooking; use of a commercial meat tenderizer (Ac'cent is perhaps the best-known brand); or marinating in an acid-based marinade that contains enzymes, which break down connective tissue.

Do you boil potatoes before putting them in stew? ›

Simmering the potatoes will contribute all the starch the stew needs, and it'll be plenty thick.

What is a good dessert to serve with beef stew? ›

Consider pudding--Yorkshire, rice, vanilla, chocolate or tapioca--to provide a different texture and flavor. Pudding is another traditional dessert and can be garnished with whipped topping, fruit or mini chocolate chips.

What's the difference between casserole and stew? ›

There is little difference between a casserole and a stew. A purist would say that a casserole goes in the oven, heating the dish from all directions, while a stew goes on the stovetop and is heated from the bottom. Another point of difference is a casserole is the name of the pot used for cooking.

What's the difference between beef soup and beef stew? ›

Another way to look at it: Soup is any combination of ingredients cooked in liquid. Stew is any dish that's prepared by stewing—that is, submerging the ingredients with just enough liquid to cook them through at a simmer in a covered pot for a long time.

How do you make broth into stew? ›

One tablespoon cornstarch per cup of liquid will give you a medium-thick stew that's not overly viscous. Make a slurry by combining equal parts cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl, and whisking thoroughly to combine.

Is a broth and a stew the same? ›

Stew uses larger and chunkier ingredients and less tender cuts. Stocks and broths share many similarities. Both can be used as flavoured liquids at the base of cooking a range of delicacies. Cooking broths would involve scraps of meats, veggies or seafood, and may even include legumes.

What potatoes are best for stew? ›

Best Potato for Soups and Stews
  • Russet potatoes (also called Idaho potatoes or Burbank potatoes) are large, have a rough brown skin, and fall apart easily when cooked or boiled (but are great once you whip them). ...
  • Yukon Gold potatoes, white potatoes, and yellow potatoes are also great multi-purpose options.
27 Nov 2021

What is the most tender meat for beef stew? ›

For beef stew, there is no better cut of meat than chuck! Buy a thick chuck pot roast and cut it into chunks for the best tender flavor. Chuck roast is a tougher cut of meat than sirloin or rib roast which really benefits from pressure cooking or slow cooking making the best beef stew!

What is the most tender beef? ›

Considered the most tender cut of all, a filet mignon is taken from the center of the beef tenderloin. It is lean yet delivers a melt-in-your mouth, buttery succulence. Perfect for grilling, pan-searing and broiling in the oven. Available in several weights, a filet is perfect for 1 person.

Can you give me a list of vegetables? ›

Check before buying!
  • Artichoke. Asparagus. Aubergene (eggplant) Avocado. Beet. Bok Choy. ...
  • Cauliflower. Celeriac. Celery. Chard (Red and Swiss) Chicory. Corn. ...
  • Jicama. Kale. Kohlrabi. Leeks. Arugula Lettuce. ...
  • Peas. Snap Sugar Peas. Snow Peas. Anaheim Peppers. Sweet peppers. ...
  • Acorn Squash. Butternut Squash. Patti Pan Squash. Spaghetti Squash. Swede.

How do you reheat stew in the oven? ›

How to reheat stew in the oven:
  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Bring your leftover stew to room temperature (if you have time).
  3. Place it in a casserole dish, stirring in water/stock if it's gone a bit dry.
  4. Cover with a lid or foil.
  5. Warm in the oven for 30 minutes (longer for bigger portions).
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What type of food is goulash? ›

Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás) is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating in Hungary, goulash is a common meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe. It is one of the national dishes of Hungary and a symbol of the country.

How can I thicken my stew without flour or cornstarch? ›

A handful of uncooked rice. That's all folks, just a handful of white rice. Any kind will do: jasmine, basmati, short grain, long grain. When added to a brothy (or watery, even) soup, and left to simmer for 20-30 minutes, the rice breaks down, releasing its starch and thickening the liquid that it's cooking in.

Is it better to thicken stew with flour or cornstarch? ›

Conclusion. Both cornstarch and flour are effective at thickening soup when you take the proper steps. Remember, cornstarch absorbs more water and is better at thickening in general. However, flour is better when needed in large quantities to avoid upsetting the flavor of the dish.

Do potatoes thicken stew? ›

You'll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew. It's not a gravy—you shouldn't be adding a roux or flour or cornstarch.

How do you make beef stew tender? ›

Not cooking the stew long enough.

Chuck meat is your best bet for beef stew, but it's also a pretty tough cut so it needs time to break down and become tender. Rush the cooking process and the beef will be tough and chewy. Follow this tip: For really tender meat, cook the stew low and slow, for approximately two hours.

How do you make beef soft when boiling? ›

After browning the meat and adding liquids, bring to a light simmer then reduce the heat so that it is just bubbling every now and then. This will give you the most tender meat; true, hard boiling will make meat stringy and tough.

Can you over boil beef? ›

The reason overcooked meat is so much worse than, say, a batch of cooked to death vegetables, all comes down to the proteins. Raw meat is essentially a bundle of protein, fat, and liquid. When you overcook meat, you're rendering out the fat and liquid, so all you're really left with are the toughened muscle fibers.

What does vinegar do in stew? ›

The addition of the vinegar adds subtle acidity that balances well with the soy sauce and the honey giving this otherwise super hearty beef stew a nice lightness to it. Feel free to add sweet potato noodles(glass noodles) or egg noodles to this dish, serve it alongside rice, or as-is.

What causes tough stew meat? ›

The second way to overcook your meat is to cook it at too high of a temperature. If you don't leave the beef simmering at a low and slow temperature, the proteins in the meat will seize up and become tough, and the collagen and fat won't have time to break down, leaving you with a rubbery, inedible product.

How can I thicken up my stew? ›

Whisk a teaspoon of flour in a little cold water to make a slurry, then stir into the stew as it's cooking. Don't add dry flour directly to the stew as it may clump. After adding the slurry, bring the stew to boil. This will cook out the flour taste and allow the starch to swell.

What is the best stew beef? ›

Go for the chuck

The most common beef used for stew is chuck steak, also known as gravy beef or braising steak. Beef chuck comes from the forequarter of the animal consisting of parts of the neck, shoulder blade and upper arm. It is easy to find and it's affordable, making it a great choice for your stew.

Can you put apple cider vinegar on beef? ›

Marinating your meats in apple cider vinegar can work to tenderize them, as long as you don't add too much vinegar and don't marinate them too long (it's very acidic, so prolonged exposure can break down the fibers in the meat and turn it to mush).

Why do you add vinegar to beef stew? ›

This stew is my standby for the cold winter months. Chunks of beef chuck are dusted with flour, browned and slowly cooked in wine and stock to bring out the rich beef flavor. Red wine vinegar adds a zing to the sauce, and the tomato paste and herbs brighten the stew.

Can you put baking soda in stew? ›

If a sauce or thicker stew is too acidic — but not too salty — Sharma says you can add baking soda, which is alkaline. “A teaspoon or less of baking soda will immediately react with the acid and turn it into a salt,” Sharma says. After adding the baking soda, taste the dish again to make sure it's not too salty.

Can you stew beef too long? ›

Yes, it is possible to overcook a beef stew. As much as we like the idea of a stew that sits on the stove all day long, too much time will result in dry beef and mushy veggies. It depends on how much stew you're actually making, but the sweet spot is about 2–3 hours.

Does stew meat get softer the longer you cook it? ›

They will therefore not soften the longer you cook it. The heat will cause the meat to lose moisture, and so it's best to cook these cuts on high heat quickly. Fat also plays a part as this melts into the meat and keeps it moist.

Does beef get more tender the longer you simmer? ›

There is no point where meat gets tougher when being slow cooked, what happens first is that the collagen breaks down, then the proteins start to denature. Generally once the collagen is all broken down is the ideal time to take it out, any longer and the meat itself starts to break down.

How can I thicken my stew without flour or cornstarch? ›

A handful of uncooked rice. That's all folks, just a handful of white rice. Any kind will do: jasmine, basmati, short grain, long grain. When added to a brothy (or watery, even) soup, and left to simmer for 20-30 minutes, the rice breaks down, releasing its starch and thickening the liquid that it's cooking in.

Do you cover stew while cooking? ›

Always cover your pot if you're trying to keep the heat in. That means that if you're trying to bring something to a simmer or a boil—a pot of water for cooking pasta or blanching vegetables, a batch of soup, or a sauce—put that lid on to save time and energy.

Is it better to thicken stew with flour or cornstarch? ›

Conclusion. Both cornstarch and flour are effective at thickening soup when you take the proper steps. Remember, cornstarch absorbs more water and is better at thickening in general. However, flour is better when needed in large quantities to avoid upsetting the flavor of the dish.

Should you brown beef before stew? ›

If you are making a slow-cooked recipe that calls for ground beef, like chili, beef stew, or meat sauce, browning the meat beforehand makes a huge difference. Ground meat should always be browned in a skillet and drained before adding it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients.

What potatoes are best for stew? ›

Best Potato for Soups and Stews
  • Russet potatoes (also called Idaho potatoes or Burbank potatoes) are large, have a rough brown skin, and fall apart easily when cooked or boiled (but are great once you whip them). ...
  • Yukon Gold potatoes, white potatoes, and yellow potatoes are also great multi-purpose options.
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