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Beef Stew Seasoning Mix {all-natural}

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I know I’m sooooooorta pushing the limits of winter here with beef stew seasoning mix. I have a beef stew recipe coming too–oh well, I’ve never claimed to be a perfect blogger.  I make what sounds good! Plus, one of my readers sent me an email requesting this recipe. My taco seasoning recipe has been so popular and I don’t blame people for wanting to eat real food instead of some chemical mixture packed with sodium to make it taste semi-decent. I gladly accepted the challenge of making an all-natural beef stew seasoning that would add great flavor to stew but still allow you to control the amount of sodium and spices. I absolutely love the way this turned out. I’ll share the stew I made with it early next week.

All Natural Beef Stew Seasoning | RachelCooks.com

Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

ALL NATURAL Beef Stew Seasoning Mix. Tastes better than the packets and you get to control the flavors and the sodium.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder


  1. Mix all ingredients together. When making stew, use 2 to 3 tablespoons of this mixture per pound of stew meat. Toss meat in the mixture before browning the meat.

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54 Responses to “Beef Stew Seasoning Mix {all-natural}”

  1. katie — April 26, 2013 at 7:06 am

    What great timing… I just made beef stew in the slow cooker the other day and resorted to a packet mix… I can’t wait to try your all-natural mix!

  2. Audra | The Baker Chick — April 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I am so making a huge jar of this! My husband loved beef stew and I’m pretty sick of those boulloin cubes. Great recipe Rachel!

  3. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    beef stew is great! don’t have it nearly often enough though. 🙂 love this seasoning mix.

  4. Tiffany — April 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    BRILLIANT! So much better than Knorr… Thank you!

  5. Susan — April 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Our family’s one and only standard stew recipe has been missing for years. I’m always seeking one that calls for celery salt, and no tomatoes. I don’t have the patience any longer to just jump in with my own rendition, so this looks like it could get me going. I’m so excited to see this today and I’m waiting now on the recipe. Even if it does have tomatoes, I’ll bet I’ll have a starting place.YEA! (Or I guess I could get up the nerve to contact the friend who shared it, but after so very many years, I’d be very embarrassed….how are you? I need your recipe. nope)

  6. Linda — April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Mmmmmm…. Thanks!

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Such an awesome recipe! Besides, who has time to wait any longer than necessary to get beef stew into their belly? Not this girl!

  8. Lisa — April 29, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Love this! I have been using homemade seasoning packets for awhile now and needed a beef stew one badly. I’ve got all the ingredients except the celery seed. Can’t wait to try this and I don’t care that it’s going to be in the 80’s here this week…I’m making this!

  9. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Great idea! I love controlling the spices! Actually I love controlling everything.

  10. Nutmeg Nanny — May 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Yum! I love the idea of making your own spices. I do not trust the stuff I buy in the store. You can’t even read half of the ingredients!

  11. nkele — August 25, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Thank you for the information on healthy cooking for my family , I have always wanted to know the natural spices and how to use them from today this is my home.

  12. Terah — December 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I am so excited to try this however I have a question. I usually use the packet and water toss the meat in and leave it in my crock pot. So if I toss the meat in this and then brown it… do I add water to my crock pot when I transfer the browned stew meat? If so how much I am only cooking for 4.

  13. Janet Byrnes — January 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Tried this recipe for beef stew seasoning today and found it to have way too much pepper. I double checked the recipe after making it , so it was not a mistake in the amount of pepper. I had to add salt for the final seasoning adjustments. Next time I will use only one tablespoon of black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne, and two tablespoons of salt. Very disappointing.

    • Rachel Gurk — January 8th, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

      Sorry you didn’t like it! We love this recipe. We eat a low-sodium diet for health reasons so 2T salt would be far too much for us. The great thing about making homemade seasoning rather than buying pre-made packets is that you can adjust for your personal taste! Make a note of those changes and you’ll be all set for next time.

      • Rene — April 11th, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

        AMEN about too much salt. It’s in so much of the food that we as Americans eat on a daily basis. People wonder why they have high blood pressure, just look at your diet. I watch salt all the time and I don’t have HBP and I don’t want it! Kudos for making it a priority…

  14. Elaine Wolfe — January 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I will be cooking for a gluten free supper. Can I substitute the flour for corn or potato starch?

    • Rachel Gurk — January 18th, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

      Corn starch would probably work! I haven’t tried it so I can’t promise, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how it turns out!

  15. Sue — February 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Me either, pertaining to the reply above. I made crawfish ettoufee last night and would have made more but I ran out of beef stew seasoning mix (which that is what it calls for)…so anyway, I have crawfish left over and so now I won’t waste it. Besides, this is a recipe tradition that I like to make during Mardi Gras season, so hey, I would love to try this instead for next year’s party (instead of package) because they loved it today…and if I modify it next year using this recipe…it will be FABULOUS!

  16. Kashia — August 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    When I learned about all of the excess junk in packaged taco seasoning, I found a recipe for homemade and I absolutely loved it. Tonight we were having stew and I decided to find a recipe for seasoning instead of using the packaged mix that I was raised on.

    I used half the pepper and added less than a teaspoon extra salt during cooking and I left out the cayenne pepper (I was going to use half the amount but the lid had been left open and it was all gross so I threw it out). I love it! I’m not sure about my parents yet. After using the same brand’s mix almost my entire life, trying homemade mixes can be tough for them. I think it’s got a great flavor and love that we can customize it for our family with more or less of anything! Thanks!

    • Rachel Gurk — August 12th, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment!

  17. Jennifer Aragon — September 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Just put everything together tonight for dinner tomororw I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!! Smells soooo good!!! Family of 7 🙂 kids are excited!! Thank you for this recipe

  18. Jennifer — October 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I just found this recipe today. We didn’t have cayenne pepper in the house so we left that out. We added 2 tablespoons of granulated garlic too. It smells amazing. I can’t wait until dinner time. We needed it to be gluten free so we used 1/2 cup of corn starch instead of the flour.

    • Rachel Gurk — October 9th, 2014 @ 10:30 am

      Great adaptations! Hope you loved the stew!

  19. Keara — October 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This was so peppery we couldn’t eat the stew. I am currently preparing a second batch with no pepper and hoping that I can combine the two so I can save the first batch. Otherwise I’m going to have to throw it out. I really wondered if maybe it should be two teaspoons rather than tablespoons. The black pepper was the only thing I could taste, so it isn’t just a matter of preference. I’m just glad I didn’t take the time to grind the pepper myself or it might have eaten through the pan. The rest of the ingredients sound like they’d be quite tasty, but I have no idea because my palate was destroyed by all of the pepper.

    • Rachel Gurk — October 27th, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

      Sorry to hear it was too peppery for your taste!

  20. Travis — November 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Just found this recipe, but have already added browned beef, onions, potatoes and carrots to the slow cooker. Can this be added to the slow cooker too, or will it now season the mix properly if not added directing to the browning beef?

    • Rachel Gurk — November 4th, 2014 @ 7:10 am

      It’s probably too late anyways? But it’s really better if you use it to brown the meat. Hope it worked out for you though!

  21. Jod — November 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Ok so I blew it and put ALL the mix into the crock pot! 2-3 pd. roast had already been browned and veggies were already in with a low sodium beef broth which I had watered down. Can this dish be saved?

    • Rachel Gurk — November 25th, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

      oh no! That is a lot of seasoning. Unfortunately a) I’m too late and b) I don’t think it can be saved without A LOT more ingredients. How did it turn out?

  22. Gina — February 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    How can you start a gluten free recipe with 1 cup of flour.

    • Rachel Gurk — February 21st, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

      I never claimed that this recipe was gluten free! 🙂

  23. Lynette Vinson — March 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I’m making it now will post results in 3 hours! Found this on Pinterest

  24. HelenMary — March 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Nice seasoning. I always add a little cornstarch to my flour mixture. Coat the meat and then stir some of the flour mix in while adding the extra water during cooking. It helps it start thickening.

    • Rachel Gurk — March 18th, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

  25. Lynette Vinson — March 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    OK, just needed salt. Perfect!

    • Rachel Gurk — March 18th, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m always tend to be shy on salt because my husband is really sensitive to it.

  26. MsJoanne — December 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I am trying this today. I tasted the mix and found, for our liking, it needed more salt and more pepper (yes, we like pepper a lot). I also am adding some garlic powder. Additionally, I (heresy, I know) took one cube of Knorr beef seasoning and mashed it into powder in the mix (rubbing it between my fingers until it dissolved into the mix). When I tasted the final mix, I find it quite nice. I will likely add some Worcestershire sauce into the stew while it’s cooking, as well.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Rachel Gurk — December 22nd, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

      Those sound like great adaptations! Hope you love it in the stew! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  27. MsJoanne — December 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Ok, I had to come back. I used this seasoning and it was fabulous. I loved it! Likely one of the best beef stew dishes I have ever made.

    Thank you for a great recipe!

    • Rachel Gurk — December 22nd, 2015 @ 7:12 pm

      Oooh just saw this! I’m so happy you liked it!

  28. Ang — January 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I thought this had WAY too much black pepper as some others did, and I used only 1 T. Not sure what I’m going to do with the rest of the mix I have…..luckily they ate it anyway, but everyone had at least 2 glasses of water with dinner!

  29. jennifer — February 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    this was great, thank you so much. i had a recipe from my local supermarket tthat called for a packet of beef stew seasoning, and i never buy that pre-packaged stuff. your recipe came up first on a yahoo-search and i am convinced made this stew a winner.

    • Rachel Gurk — February 26th, 2016 @ 11:02 am

      I’m SO glad you liked it! Thank you for your feedback!

  30. Pam — March 2, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Mixed this up last weekend and can’t wait to try it tomorrow night on my son’s first night home on Spring (but still cool) break!. My husband has high blood pressure so I value recipes I can control the sodium also!

    • Rachel Gurk — March 3rd, 2016 @ 6:59 am

      I hope you all love it!

  31. Starla — April 11, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Been awhile since i made beef stew and decided to take a look on computer for recipe. I followed this spice recipe and i hate to say but we couldn’t eat the stew. The flavor and smell were awful. I checked to make sure i had followed exactly and i had. Don’t understand when everyone else is putting how good it was…:( very dissapointing.

    • Rachel Gurk — April 11th, 2016 @ 2:11 pm

      Sorry you didn’t have success – we love this seasoning and it’s gotten a lot of positive reviews!


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