Beef Stew Seasoning Mix Recipe {all-natural}

ALL NATURAL Beef Stew Seasoning Mix. It tastes so much better than the packets and you get to control the flavors and the sodium. I bet you already have all the spices in your pantry! Mix up a jar and it will be ready to go anytime you want to make a big pot of stew!

All Natural Beef Stew Seasoning |

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.

Updated: Check out stew I made with it.

All Natural Beef Stew Seasoning |

What is in Beef Stew Seasoning Mix?

  • Flour – it helps the stew thicken!
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Celery Seed
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

These spices and herbs together make the most flavorful beef stew – you’ll be ditching the packets in no time! It works on the stovetop or in a slow cooker recipe.

As a side note, if you’re not a huge fan of pepper, make sure to read the comments! Some people find this to be too peppery. You’re only using 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture per 1 pound of stew meat and you want it to be well seasoned, so I obviously think it’s great the way it’s written! But you can always add more pepper at the end, so if you’re unsure, start with a smaller amount.

If you’re loving this spice mixture, make sure to check out my Herbes de Provence, pumpkin pie spice mix, homemade ranch seasoning mix, and homemade mild curry seasoning. Or you can find them all in one place in this post about homemade spice blends! Also on my list to try are Everything Bagel Seasoning from Two Peas and Their Pod (minus the sesame because of N’s allergy), and Harissa Dry Spice from The Noshery.

Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

Yield: 20 servings
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 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  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.


  • If you don't like pepper or are sensitive to it, scale back on the amount to 1 tablespoon or less. Remember you can always add more later!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 320mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 1g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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    Rating: 4.5
  2. Made this tonight. Delish! I did reduce the pepper in the recipe and substituted 1/2 the onion powder with garlic powder. The flavor was fantastic. Thanks so much for posting.

    Rating: 5
  3. What do the celery seeds do for the taste? 

  4. Way too much pepper! I wish I would have read the comments before not after I added the spices as you specified.

  5. thanks Rachelwhat an easy quick stew mixture, very simple and easy to follow. I’m doing the slow cook method …waiting is agonizing, but patience will tasty!.thanks again Mike /Fort Worth, Tx.

    Rating: 5
  6. I tried the seasoning…it was pretty much ingredients I already used minus a few things…so I gave it a try but I found myself adding the spices I would normally. I am a garlic fanatic so I added garlic powder…a little bit of cumin….dash of brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and a few drops of vinegar. I realize these last few ingredients may sound odd but it gives the stew a flavor that makes your mouth water.

    Rating: 3
  7. Used this recipe in a pot roast last night, and I found it to be a little bland. I followed the advice of others and cut back on the pepper, and I am glad I did. I am gluten free, so I used brown rice flour as a base and rubbed this into the roast before searing it and placing it in the crock pot.It’s not intolerable, but the next time I use it , I will use seasoned salt, add garlic powder and keep the black pepper to 2 teaspoons. I will probably kick the cayenne pepper up a notch as well for a little more bite.I think the only reason I found it bland was that I used about 4 tablespoons on a 2.5 pound roast. Maybe one or two more tablespoons would have tasted better. No matter what, I’ll keep working with this recipe, as the store bought stuff is full of processed nonsense that can’t be healthy. I can pronounce all the ingredients in this recipe, and it’s a nice compliment to my grass-fed beef. It’s time to get back to eating real food instead of manufactured garbage and calling it food.

    Rating: 4
  8. This recipe is delicious,,  I too don’t understand all the negative comments on the pepper.  Oh well, to each his own.  I however added the spices after and did not toss in meat.  It was still delicious.  My 3year old daughter had two bowls.

    Rating: 5
  9. This beef stew seasoning recipe makes the best tasting beef stew I have ever put in my mouth. I made a quart of it today and I have almost eaten it all already, I am on my third bowl full.

    Rating: 5
  10. I always put horseradish in my beef stew and pot roast it gives it an extra zing and a sweetness especially when added a lot of onions.

    Rating: 5
  11. I made this tonight and liked it, I usually just make a grab it stew, just grab whatever. I really don’t understand all the pepper comments that’s the only thing extra I added at the table.I wrote down a copy for when I need to mix another batch. One thing I think people should do is discard your spices if you can’t remember when you bought them

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Kelvin! Great advice about keeping your pantry stocked with fresh spices. I’m so glad you liked this seasoning mix, thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment, it means a lot to me!

  12. Unfortunately this mix was flavorless in my stew. It made more of a soup rather than a stew. Could’ve been a multitude of factors, however I will not continue using this. Time to go back to packets unless I’m in a pinch. Thanks for sharing it, though!

    Rating: 1
    • Hi Sarah! Sorry to hear you didn’t like this mix, so many people have loved it! You mentioned that it could have been a multitude of factors – did you do other things differently than you usually do? The seasoning shouldn’t make it a soup since it’s just a powdered mix; perhaps you added too much liquid?

  13. Your jar of seasoning looks like powder so should I blend all the ingredients in grinder?

  14. Loved this seasoning recipe! My Aunt, who has always made the best beef stew in the family was balled over by this seasoning and asked immediately for the seasonings I had used. But as said in other reviews — are you sure the 2 tablespoons of pepper isn’t too much? I cut it down to 2 teaspoons as well and was very happy with the results. Probably a matter of taste.

    Rating: 5
  15. This is delicious and has become a staple at our house! It calls for a lot of pepper though.  The first time I made it, everyone was sweating . Instead of 2 tablespoons of pepper we do 2 teaspoons. Is the 2T a typo? 

    Rating: 5
    • It makes so much seasoning and the beef really benefits from the flavor of the spices, including the pepper. With that being said, I’m glad I found a ratio that works best for you!

  16. Saw the post about adding garlic powder and added that. Wonderful recipe. Thanks so much-not too much pepper for us. Made a second batch to figure out how to get it right in the instant pot. My poor husband suffered through sampling a second time.  LOL

    Rating: 5
  17. I am so happy I found this spice mix. Is the celery seed ground or whole?

  18. Thank you MIss Rachel,I’m trying it right now. The house smells like Stew Heaven!Darrell

    Rating: 5
  19. My son is gluten for medical reasons…so absolutely NO gluten. Any suggestions for an alteration to make this gluten free? Has anyone made this as “gluten free”? Thanks, Angela

    • I haven’t tried making it gluten free — I think you could use almond flour or cornstarch (a smaller amount of cornstarch probably). Let us know if you try it and how it turns out!

    • I have made it gluten free. I use a gf flour mix which works well. I am in NZ so you probably can’t get the brand where you are, As its a wee bit of thickening, corn starch, tapioca starch or rice flour would work as well I imagine. It’s worth persevering to find one…. This makes an absolutely beautiful stew or casserole. Best I’ve ever had.

  20. Best beef stew seasoning ever. I mix up large batches of it so I always have it on hand.

  21. I love hot food but 2 tablespoons for this recipe is way too much, i even used 1 tablespoon and it was still too much. I am pretty sure its supposed to be 2 teaspoons i bet.

  22. Im trying this recipe with some venison tonight! I will have to follow up with how it is

  23. Has any one tried this spice on wild meat. Moose or venison.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. OK, just needed salt. Perfect!

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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?

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

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

  42. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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…

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

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

  47. 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!

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

  49. Mmmmmm…. Thanks!

  50. 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)

  51. BRILLIANT! So much better than Knorr… Thank you!

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

  53. 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!

  54. 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!

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