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Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe

I asked myself the following question: What is the best homemade beef stew recipe?  For me, it was the one that was made in my family after Hungarian recipes. Is with pepper and paprika powder and with the tastes and aromas that we were used to.

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In the area of Transylvania and Hungary, the beef stew recipes do not differ much from each other. I will present my own recipe which is particularly tasty.

The oldest recipes included finely chopped onion fried in pork lard, garlic, beef shin and some even red wine. They were cooked outside, in a special pot and on a wood fire.

If you’ve tried my lamb stew, let’s show you my version of beef stew.

What Ingredients Do I Use for the Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe?

Because I will only cook for two people, I will use smaller quantities of ingredients.

We need about 500 g of beef, cut into cubes of 4-5 cm. It is advisable to use a shoulder of beef, it is the most suitable and tastiest for stew.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Beef Meat Cut in to Cubes

As well, I used the following vegetables: onion, garlic, carrot, sweet red pepper and tomatoes.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Carrot, Red Pepper, Onion, Garlic and Tomatoes

We Are Going to Prepare the Ingredients For the Stew.

In the beginning, I boned the beef, dried it on a paper towel and cut it into cubes. Then I rolled them over the wheat flour and shook them to remove the excess flour.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Beef Meat Rolled in Wheat Flour

I cleaned the onion and the garlic and chopped them.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Chopped Onion
Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Chopped Garlic

I cleaned the sweet red pepper and cut it into small cubes.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Red Sweet Pepper Cut in Small Pieces

As well cleaned the carrot and cut it into small pieces.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Cut Carrot in Small Pieces

I did not peel the tomatoes, but only washed them thoroughly and cut them.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Chopped Tomatoes

If you do not have ripe and flavoured tomatoes, you can use canned tomatoes.

Let’s Start Cooking!

In the beginning, we heat the oil in a saucepan. I like to use a cast iron stew pot or slow cooker.

For a better taste, instead of oil, you can put the pork or goose fat.

When the oil has warmed, I put the meat to fry.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Frying Beef Meat in a Pot

Roast the meat for a few minutes until it becomes crusty and brown.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Fried Beef Meat in a Pot

We remove the meat from the pan and set it aside.

In the same pot, then fry the chopped onion, and if necessary add a little more oil.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Frying Onion in a Pot

I fried the onion until it got a little colour, and then I added the garlic, pepper and carrot.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Frying Onion, Garlic, Red Sweet Pepper and Carrot in a Pot

For added flavour As well put a bay leaf.

I left everything to fry over medium heat, stirring occasionally to not burn. After 4-5 minutes, I put the meat back in the pan.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Fried Beef Meat and Vegetables in a Pot

I seasoned it with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. As well added tomato paste, sweet pepper paste, and sweet paprika powder.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Seasoning the Beef Stew With Paprika Powder, Tomatoes Paste and Sweet Pepper Paste

We put the chopped tomatoes on top, mix everything, and let it boil for 5-6 minutes in its own juice.

Fill with water to cover the meat, and let it simmer for 2.5 to 3 hours.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Boiling the Beef Stew in a Pot

If the stew has fallen too much, fill it with water or red wine. I always checked the meat until I saw it became soft and I can be broken it with a spoon.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-The Beef Stew is Ready to Serve

Now the best homemade beef stew recipe is ready and can be served.

Serving the Beef Stew

Beef stew can be served with different side dishes, such as rice, pasta, couscous or polenta.

I served it simply with mashed potatoes and it was especially delicious.

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Served With Mashed Potatoes

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Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe-Served With Mashed Potatoes on the Plate

Best Homemade Beef Stew Recipe

Timea
I asked myself the following question: What is the best homemade beef stew recipe? For me, it was the one that was made in my family after Hungarian recipes, and with the tastes and aromas that we were used to.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 2 persons
Calories 636 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g shin of beef cut in cubes
  • 1 pieces onion medium size
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 piece red sweet pepper
  • 1 piece carrot
  • 2 pieces tomatoes
  • 1 pieces bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp tomatoes paste
  • 1 tbsp sweet pepper paste
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
  • 2 teaspoons seasalt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 50 ml sunflower oil

Instructions
 

  • For the beginning, I boned the beef, dried it on a paper towel and cut it into cubes. Then I rolled them over the wheat flour and shook them to remove the excess flour.
  • I cleaned the onion and the garlic and chopped them. I cleaned the sweet red pepper and cut it into small cubes. As well I cleaning the carrot and cut it into small pieces. I did not peel the tomatoes, but only washed them thoroughly and cut them.
  • In the beginning, we heat the oil in a saucepan. When the oil has warmed, I put the meat to fry. Roast the meat for a few minutes until it becomes crusty and brown. We remove the meat from the pan and set it aside.
  • In the same pot, then fry the chopped onion, and if necessary add a little more oil. I fried the onion until it got a little color, and then I added the garlic, pepper, and carrot. For added flavor As well put a bay leaf.
  • I left everything to fry over medium heat, stirring occasionally to not burn. After 4-5 minutes, I put the meat back in the pan. I seasoned with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. As well I added tomato paste, sweet pepper paste, and sweet paprika powder.
  • We put the chopped tomatoes on top, mix everything, and let it boil for 5-6 minutes in its own juice. Fill with water to cover the meat, and let it simmer for 2.5 to 3 hours. If the stew has fallen too much, fill with water or red wine. I always checked the meat until I saw it became soft and I can be broken with a spoon.

Notes

Beef stew can be served with different side dishes, such as rice, pasta, couscous or polenta.
I served it simple with mashed potatoes and it was especially delicious.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 636kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 58gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 2557mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6g
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Bonnie

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

First of all, I have to say I love the pictures. I could almost smell the stew just be looking at them. I'm really excited to give this a try because my family already loves stew, but this is a different take on it. 

I have never used tomato in my stew, but this looks delicious. My grandmother was from Transylvania, so I bet she would have loved this! I'm curious, does it have an Italian-tomato taste to it? The beef stew I make is pretty basic, just the meat flavors spiced up with some pepper.

Looking forward to trying this recipe and I can't wait for another one from you! Thanks!!

Charles

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

Thank you for this article, your step by step guide on how to prepare a homemade beef stew is spot on. I like the fact that you supported this whole process with pictures for better comprehension. I will follow your guidelines and make an homemade beef stew. I have almost all the needed ingredients already. 

Lee

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

It looks so good. We used to cook our stew in a similar fashion but we use an instant pot. I like my meat to have a rich flavor but tender. I use miniature  onions because the tend to soak in the stew and are delicious. I use the majority of your ingredients. I add celery to mine also. 

Mattias

Sunday 8th of September 2019

And what better way to kick start a new week than to give a trial to the newly learnt homemade beef stew. Thanks for sharing out another great recipes. Everytime I visit your blog, I always find something worthwhile to learn about and that's very great. I have most of the ingredients at home but I will try to get the beef immediately I'm out. It should be worth giving my Sunday evening too.

Timea

Sunday 8th of September 2019

Thanks, Mattias, and the good appetite for beef stew.

Edward

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thank you for another great article. It has been very interesting for me to read your website and learn about Transylvanian cooking. You combine different flavors that I had never thought of combining before. It's amazing that there is always something new to learn.This beef stew sounds delicious. It sounds very savory and like it has a nice texture. I also appreciate your pictures where it looks very appetizing.

Timea

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thanks Edward for your appreciation, I invite you to try this recipe and enjoy its taste.

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