Beef stew step by step

Beef stew is a classic comfort food, perfect for colder weather or any time you’re in the mood for a hearty, warming meal. The key to a good beef stew is allowing it to simmer slowly, which tenderizes the beef and melds the flavors beautifully. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a traditional beef stew.


  • 2 lbs (about 900g) beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


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