Dutch oven beef stew is a hearty and delicious one-pot meal. Not only is it simple to make, but it is also economical, filling, and versatile. This classic stove top stew is the perfect comfort food for a cozy night at home or on vacation in the campground. Using just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have an incredibly flavorful and hearty meal on the table in less than 3 hours.
Ingredients – 3 pounds boneless beef chuck roast – salt and pepper – 1 large onion, chopped – 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped – 3 tablespoons tomato paste – 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce – 1 cup dry red wine – 3 cups beef broth – 1 teaspoon dried rosemary and thyme – 2 bay leaves – 3 tablespoons tapioca or see options – 4 medium carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces – 1 pound small yellow or red potatoes – 10 oz. fresh small crimini mushrooms
1. Place the beef chunks on a plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add some oil to a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef chunks and sear, flipping to sear on both sides. Repeat with the second half of beef cubes.
1. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onion and the garlic. Cook and stir for 1 minute until the onion has softened. 2. Add the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, wine, beef broth, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, and tapioca, stirring well to combine.
1. Return the seared beef and the accumulated juices to the pot. 2. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let it simmer until the beef is very tender.
Increase the heat to medium-high and stir in the carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, fresh herbs of rosemary, and thyme sprigs. When the liquid begins to bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pot, and continue to cook until the carrots and potatoes are tender.
This hearty Dutch oven beef stew is comfort food at its finest. It is an easy, economical meal, and you can adjust the ingredients to whatever you have on hand. Try root vegetables like rutabaga or celeriac for a unique flavor or canned tomatoes for added depth.