Old-Time Beef Stew


Long and slow cooking on the stovetop makes this stew rich in color and flavor, and with ultra tender meat.

Old-Time Beef Stew
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 ½ pound boneless beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 4 cup water

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • 6 medium carrots, bias-sliced into 3/4-inch chunks

  • 1 pound small white onions, peeled and halved

  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • ½ cup cold water

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • Snipped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. In a large pot cook all the meat at once in hot oil over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown, stirring occasionally. Drain off excess fat. Add the 4 cups water, sliced onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, bay leaf, and allspice. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in carrots, halved onions, and potatoes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.

  3. In a screw-top jar shake together the 1/2 cup cold water and flour until combined. Stir into stew. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook 1 minute more. Season stew to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with snipped parsley, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
13g Fat
37g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 21.8mg 109%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 5.4mg 30%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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