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The Best Beef Stew
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5 from 14 votes

The Best Beef Stew

The Best Beef Stew consists of tender meat chunks, a rich simmering sauce, and melt in your mouth vegetables. That is what this recipe is!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: beef stew, beef stew recipe, hearty beef stew, the best beef stew
Servings: 3 people
Author: Heifa


Beef Prep

  • 1.5 lbs Beef Stew Meat
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp All spice seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Spice Tribe Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Spice Tribe Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Spice Tribe Chili Powder

Vegetable Prep

  • 1 Large Onion chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2-3 Carrots chopped into chunks
  • 2 Potatoes chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp All-Spice seasoning

Other Ingredients for the Stew

  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 1 Bouillon Cube crushed
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1.5 tbsp Corn Starch
  • Vegetable or Beef Broth/stock enough to cover the stew components


  • In a pot, add the olive oil and beef on medium heat. Season with the components under beef prep. You want to achive a nice sear on the meat. Once that is done, after a few minutes then set aside the meat onto a plate.
  • In the same pot, add another spoonful of oil. To that, add the onions and garlic. Season with the spices under vegetable prep. Cook until fragrant and slightly translucent for a few minutes. To this, add the meat once again. Then, add the tomato paste and bouillon cube. Stir everything together.
  • Add the carrots and potatoes to the pot at this point along with the bay leaves and cardamom pods. Season the potatoes and carrots with salt and pepper. Cover all the components of the stew with stock of choice.
  • Bring this to a simmer. Allow to cook together for about 1.5 hours. At that point, in a small bowl add a ladle or two of the stew broth and the corn starch to create a slurry. Mix it well together then add it back into the pot and stir. This will help thicken the stew the last half hour of cooking. If you like it thicker, then repeat this step with a bit more corn starch. It is really up to your preferance.
  • After 2 hours of simmering, all the components should be fork tender. You can taste and season more if necessary.
  • To make the vermicelli rice, in a pot, add 1 tbsp of ghee along with 1/3 cup of vermicelli. Let this toast a bit with the ghee. Then, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of white rice. Season with a bit of salt. Mix together and let this come to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes until cooked through. Fluff every few minutes while cooking. Enjoy this with the beef stew for a hearty meal!