Beef Stew {with beer and homemade seasoning}

by Rachel Gurk on April 29, 2013 · 20 comments

in Soups and Stews

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Like I mentioned in my recipe for Beef Stew Seasoning, I realize I’m pushing the boundaries of winter a little with these recipes.

However, I live in Michigan, and here, winter knows no boundaries.

We got two days of sunshine and I rushed outside with both kids to take walks. This was an urgent matter! Two days.

Now it is cold and rainy again. A little sleet. Thanks, Michigan.

Don’t mind me while I curl up with this hot and cozy beef stew. If it happens to be warm where you are, well I hate you.

Just kidding, I don’t hate you.

But you can tuck this recipe away for next winter or crank up the AC (AC? What’s that?) and make this anyways.

Beef Stew made with homemade seasoning mix | RachelCooks.com

 

This beef stew is heavy on the beef–just the way my husband likes it. Okay, me too. Rich and flavorful thanks to the homemade seasoning mix, beer, and tomato paste. Sprinkle some fresh herbs on top, serve with buttermilk biscuits and comfort is on its way — served up in a bowl.

Beef Stew {with beer and homemade seasoning}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pounds of beef chuck roast, fat trimmed, cut into large bite-sized chunks
  • 8-10 tablespoons of beef stew seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 carrots, cut into equal bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut into equal bite-sized pieces--if possible use inner stalks and leaves (about 2 cups)
  • 1-2 large onions, chopped (1 and a 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 2 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes with their juice, broken into pieces
  • 32 ounces of beef broth
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. On your cutting board or in a large bowl, toss meat with seasoning mixture (about 2 tablespoons of seasoning per one pound of meat).
  2. In large heavy bottomed pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Working in batches, brown meat on all sides and remove to a plate or bowl. Repeat until all meat is browned. Add carrots, celery and onion to hot pan and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to break up the paste and coat the vegetables.
  3. Pour beer into hot pan and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add in meat, tomatoes and beef broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook on low for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in peas about 5-10 minutes before serving. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2013/04/29/beef-stew-with-beer-and-homemade-seasoning/

Verdict: Loved this stew! Definitely the best I’ve ever made.
Husband’s take: He’s not a huge beef stew fan, but he loved this. My in-laws also really liked it, and my mother-in-law commented on the seasoning before I even told her it was a recipe for the blog.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin | The Law Student's Wife April 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

You better believe this WI girl ALWAYS appreciates a hearty bowl of stew. Looks chunky, flavorful, and filling. Everything I love!

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2 Bev @ Bev Cooks April 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

Ohhhhhhhh my my my my my. YES.

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3 sarah k @ the pajama chef April 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

that last picture is precious!! :)

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4 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen April 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

Pass a spoon, I’m ready to dig in!

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5 Gerry @ foodness gracious April 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Beef stew anytime of the year is fine by me ;)

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6 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

My mom always made beef stew in the crock pot. I like the idea of doing it all on the stove, though. I still have yet to make beef stew from scratch!

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7 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama April 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

This is probably my favorite meal of all time. I could LIVE off beef stew… this looks perfect and hearty!

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8 claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

awww that photo of your daughter is TOO cute.

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9 ashley - baker by nature April 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I don’t think I’d mind Winter as much if I had this stew on constant rotation! It looks so friggin’ good, rachel! ;)

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10 Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I wouldn’t care how hot it gets, I’d still want to eat your stew.

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11 steph@stephsbitebybite April 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

It’s been forever since I’ve made stew, what am I waiting for?!

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12 Carla @ Carlas Confections April 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I love that your daughter loves “taking photos” too! So fun! This looks amazing! My hubs favorite meal is beef stew. Pinning :D

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13 Kathryn May 1, 2013 at 7:11 am

That last picture is ridiculously cute! And this stew looks really tasty.

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14 Nutmeg Nanny May 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Yum! I’m the type of person who could happily eat beef stew in the middle of July…as long as I have AC! I like mine heavy on the beef too. With a lot of beef it’s just sad beef stock with floating vegetables :)

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15 Cathie July 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

this looks yummy – wondering what kind of beer you used though? You don’t have to give a brand, but a dark, light, lager, ale, stout?

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16 Rachel Gurk July 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Hmm — I don’t remember exactly and truthfully it doesn’t really matter. Go with whatever you like the taste of! I often have IPAs and stouts in the house but have also been known to drink a Coors Light. They would all be good. Whatever you enjoy the taste of.

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17 Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes September 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Mmm. Looks like this stew is back in season again. Love the pic of your little one acting like Mommy. My daughters do that all the time!! So cute!

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