On top of preferences, this recipe occupies a leading place and that is why I want to share this recipe with you, as simple as it is delicious. If you have guests for dinner, serve them the best Dutch oven beef stew with potato gnocchi and a glass of cold beer, you will see that they will be very excited.

Like most of my recipes, it has Hungarian influences due to the spices I use and I am especially talking about paprika and marjoram this time and which I recommend you try as well. It is a simple recipe in which I will use only a few ingredients with the beef but which will cook for a long time over low heat will result in a tasty beef stew.

Ingredients

This recipe is for two large portions or three ordinary portions, if you have guests you can double or triple the quantities.

I will use 500 g of beef braising steak, which, you will see, is a slice of delicious meat for this type of recipe, one larger white onion, one yellow pepper, one ripe tomato and two cloves of garlic.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Beef, Onion, Yellow Pepper, Tomato and Garlic Cloves

As you can see I will not use other vegetables such as carrots, often found in other recipes, I want to emphasize meat that feels king in the final dish.

Why Use Braising Steak Instead Diced Beaf?

First of all, I recommend that when you buy meat to cook stews, it is even better to buy a lump of meat and cut it at home into cubes as you wish.

I chose this thick slice of braising steak because it is full of thin slices of fat that will melt and give a different taste to the dish, the pieces of meat will cook faster and be softer, they will melt in your mouth.

While if the meat is cut into cubes it is usually devoid of any fat, it is a piece of meat which you do not know from which side of the beef it is cut.

How to Prepare the Ingredients For the Beef Stew?

I start as I usually do, I prepare all the ingredients first and then I start cooking. I take this beauty of beef braising steak which I will cut into cubes, leaving all the amount of fat on the meat because it is a fat that will melt and we will not feel it when we chew the meat.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Beef Braising Steak Cut in Cubes

I peeled the onion and then chopped it finely so that in the end we will only feel its taste in the dish, it disappears completely.

I also chopped the garlic cloves but whoever wants can crush it and I also cut the pepper into small pieces so that it cooks almost at the same time as the onion.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Chopped Yellow Pepper and Chopped Garlic Cloves

As for the tomato, it can be added in several ways, simply cut it into cubes or first peel it, then cut it into small pieces. I chose another easier method, I cut the tomato in half and then I grated it with the cut side until only the peel that I threw remained.

How to Make the Dutch Oven Beef Stew?

In order for the meat to remain juicier, I decided to first fry it a little until it gets a crust on the outside.

Frying the Meat

For this, I heated three tablespoons of oil in a Dutch oven and then I put the pieces of meat to fry.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Frying Beef Cubes in the Dutch Oven

I fried the meat for 2-3 minutes until it got a copper colour, turning them on each side, then I took them out on a plate and set them aside for a while.

Continue With the Vegetables

After removing the meat from the pot, I added another tablespoon of lard to melt. You can use either pork lard or goose fat, but if you don’t have it, add two tablespoons of oil.

Put the onion, garlic and pepper, all finely chopped, to fry over medium heat, better to soften until the onion becomes glassy than crispy.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Frying Chopped Onion, Pepper and Garlic in the Dutch Oven

This means that we sauté it for about two or three minutes on medium heat and then we put the pieces of pre-fried meat back in the pot.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Fried Beef Cubes Over Frying Vegetables in the Dutch Oven

Seasoning the Stew

Now I will season the dish with a teaspoon of sea salt, one teaspoon of freshly ground pepper, one tablespoon of paprika (if possible Hungarian), one bay leaf and one teaspoon of dried marjoram.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Paprika Powder Over the Fried Beef Cubes in the Dutch Oven

Finishing the Dish

Mix with a wooden spoon taking care not to burn the paprika and immediately add the grated tomato after which I poured about half a litre of water.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Simmering Beef Stew

Put the lid on and let it simmer until the meat is cooked and becomes very soft. I cooked over low heat for about an hour and a half, but depending on the type of meat used and the age of the animal it may differ, it is good to test the meat from time to time.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Ready to Serve

And that’s it, this was my easy Dutch oven beef stew version ready to serve, I can’t wait to sit down and eat.

How to Storage

If you keep it in the fridge, it can be consumed three to four days after preparation, but if you want to keep it longer, it is advisable to freeze it in heavy-duty freezer bags.

Serving the Stew

The Dutch oven beef stew can be served in different ways, I chose the delicious potato gnocchi I bought and just boiled them. But it also goes well with mashed potatoes, polenta, French fries or dumplings. And with hot chilly pepper and a glass of cold beer is the ideal dinner for me.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Served on Plate With Gnocchi and Chilli

If you liked my cast iron Dutch oven beef stew recipe, I also recommend other various stew recipes from our blog such as:

Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Served on Plate With Gnocchi and Chilli

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Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Served on Plate With Gnocchi and Chilli
Dutch Oven Beef Stew-Served on Plate With Gnocchi and Chilli

Dutch Oven Beef Stew

Course: Dinner, Stew
Cuisine: Hungarian, International, Transylvanian
Diet: Kosher
Keyword: beef stew, Dutch oven beef stew
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 3 portions
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Timea
If you have guests for dinner, serve them the best Dutch oven beef stew with potato gnocchi and a glass of cold beer, you will see that they will be very excited.
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Equipment

  • Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 500 g beef braising steak
  • 1 piece onion large size
  • 1 piece tomato ripe
  • 1 piece yellow paprika pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp pork lard or goose lard
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder Hungarian
  • 1 tsp sea salt kosher
  • 1 tsp ground pepper freshly ground
  • 1 piece bay leave fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp marjoram dried
  • 500 ml water

Instructions

  • Take this beef braising steak and cut it into cubes, peel the onion and then chop it finely, cut the pepper and the garlic cloves into small pieces.
  • Cut the tomato in half and then grated it with the cut side until only the peel that I threw remained.
  • Heat three tablespoons of oil in a Dutch oven and then I put the pieces of meat to fry. Fry the meat for 2-3 minutes until it got a copper colour, turning them on each side, then take them out on a plate.
  • In the same Dutch oven add one tablespoon of pork lard to melt and put the onion, garlic and pepper to fry over medium heat.
  • Sauté it for about two or three minutes on medium heat and then put the pieces of pre-fried meat back in the pot.
  • Season with sea salt, freshly ground pepper, paprika (if possible Hungarian), bay leaf and dried marjoram, add the grated tomato after which pour about half a litre of water.
  • Put the lid on and let it simmer until the meat is cooked and becomes very soft, around one and half hour.
  • Can be served with gnocchi, mashed potatoes, polenta or dumplings.

Notes

Instead of braising steak, you can use diced beef meat.
You can use either pork lard or goose lard, but if you don’t have it, add two tablespoons of oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1579IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg