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quick and easy stovetop beef stew recipe

Easy Stovetop Beef Stew

Easy Stove Top Beef Stew is loaded with chunks of tender beef, sweet carrots and juicy peppers. It is a hearty, healthy and delicious meal that makes great leftovers.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef Stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 454kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 pounds stew beef cut into chucks


  • 3 onions thinly sliced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

Cook Stew:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 large carrots cut into rondelle
  • 1-2 red peppers sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 bay leaves

To thicken the gravy:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


  • In a large bowl, mix soy sauce, red wine and mustard. Add the beef and 3 sliced onions, mix with your hands making sure the beef is coated in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to marinate for 2-3 hours. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking, discard the onions and the liquid.
  • In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown meat in hot oil, until golden brown. If needed brown in layers. Once you add the beef to the pot, don't stir for 2 minutes, so it gets a nice sear.
  • Remove browned beef from pot and set aside.
  • Add water to the pot and deglaze, using a wooden spoon to try to remove and bits that stuck to the bottom.
  • Add the remaining diced onion and garlic, stir and cook for about 1 minutes.
  • Add back the beef, followed by tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, paprika and bay leaves.
  • Cover and simmer on low for 1½ hours.
  • Add sliced carrots and bell peppers. Cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes longer on low heat. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. If needed add a little more broth, in case it reduced a lot.
  • If you would like to thicken the gravy, combine 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot gravy and return mixture to pot.
  • Stir and cook until mixture starts to boil (bubbly).
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1604mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5880IU | Vitamin C: 34.1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 5mg