This easy beef stew recipe features stew meat tossed in our chili seasoning to create a flavorful experience. Add in a mix of vegetables and you have an easy stew for your family. Quick and easy, this beef stew is packed with nutrition to create a healthy meal in less than 30 minutes.
Beef stew is a wonderful treat to serve your family. It is packed with nutrition and can be easily customized for your taste preferences. Stew is great for when the weather turns cold in the fall and winter. It is a great way to warm up and keep full. This hearty treat is also very easy to make and can be done in less than an hour. Many stews host a variety of vegetables including but not limited to corn, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, carrots, and much more.
Our beef stew recipe requires only a handful of vegetables, but you could add more vegetables if you choose.
How to Cook Stew Meat
Stew meat is easy to cook. It is also easy to find precut in most grocery stores. If you do not have access to cut stew meat you can create your own by finding a tender steak and cutting it into bite sized pieces.
Toss 1 ½ to 2 lbs of beef stew meat with 2 tablespoons of Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend. Make sure that the meat gets evenly coated in the chili seasoning. This recipe is great because if you prefer venison stew meat you can easily add that into the recipe in stead of beef stew meat.
Now heat 1 Tbs of vegetable oil in a 5-6-quart heavy pot. Cook half of the stew meat for 2-3 minutes. Not overcrowding the pan helps each piece of meat develop a tasty, crispy crust. However, you can add all of the meat in at once, but you want to make sure the pieces get evenly cooked.
If you choose to cook the stew meat in two batches you will want to use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any bits of meat and seasoning so you don’t end up with burnt pieces and have a burnt taste to your stew.
How to Assemble a Stew
Now that you have your stew meat cooked you will want to add in the ingredients. If you want a thick broth in your stew you can add flour to the meat to before adding the other ingredients. This helps thicken the stew. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn, a can of black beans, and remaining 1 tablespoon Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend. Add up to one can of water if you want a thinner stew. It is also the time to add in any other vegetables that you might want.This recipe is easy because you just have to dump some cans of vegetables into the pot and you have a stew.
Bring the beef stew to a boil and let simmer 20 minutes. If you are going to be busy, need to take a stew to a party, or want to keep it warm you can add it to a slow cooker and keep it on warm or low until you are ready to eat it.
How to Serve Beef Stew
Serve this stew recipe with chopped green onions, Chugwater Chili Dip, and shredded cheddar on top. Side you can serve are corn bread, homemade rolls, Chugwater Chili Crackers, or saltine crackers. Play around with your favorite toppings and side dish recipes.
If you enjoyed this warming soup/stew recipe, here are a few others that will help keep you warm anytime of the year.