Old Fashioned Dutch Oven Beef Stew Recipe

How to make the best old fashioned dutch oven beef stew recipe in cast iron. Learn how to cook beef stew on the stove top with this easy, hearty, melt in your mouth recipe. Simple to make, this will become your families favorite.

Ask just about any country man and you may find that the world’s best eating comes with the duo of meat, and potatoes. In our home, when I think about a meal, I often think about the meat first.

After the meat, I start building the menu around my selection. Catering to my husbands likes, it is most generally a potato dish. Put the duo together and you have found the way to a mans heart through his stomach.

Country wives know that the best kept secret in making the best tender, juicy, stew is to not hurry the process. Cooking the meat at a slow temperature for a longer period of time results in the best stew meat you will ever put in your mouth.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew

Old Fashioned Dutch Oven Beef Stew

One of my favorite things about preparing soups and stews is the simplicity of the meal. Generally, it’s a process of preparing the meal early in the day, and then, simmering on the stove top or wood stove all day.

My dutch oven sees a lot of use in the kitchen. From recipes likes Classic Sunday Dinner Oven Pot Roast to this delicious stew, it is a must have essential item in the kitchen.

When I think of old fashioned meals, I think of meals that are rich in wholesome good for your ingredients. I also think of simple ingredients, foods that I more than likely already have in my pantry. This stew recipe has simple ingredients that are full of nutrients.

For beef stew, I begin by taking the time to brown the meat slowly for this is what gives the stew extra-fine flavor. You will note that there are not many seasonings in this recipe, and many aren’t needed. The flavor from the long simmering meat with bay leaves is just the perfect combination.

Kitchen Essentials You May Need

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Fat – lard or bacon grease are my top two preferences
  • garlic
  • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 4 cup beef broth
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut

How to Make Old Fashioned Beef Stew

  1. Heat fat in a dutch oven, or large cast iron skillet. I use a large cast iron since I double or triple this recipe. It is best that the meat be browned in a single layer. Add garlic and meat. Brown on all sides in hot fat.
  2. Add salt, pepper, bay leaf and 2 cups of beef broth. Cover. Simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove bay leaf. Add 2 cups of beef broth, potatoes and carrots. Continue cooking 30 minutes to an hour, until vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve hot.
How to Make Beef Stew

How to Thicken Old Fashioned Beef Stew

If you find that the beef stew is a little to thin for what you desire, you can thicken it. To do this, blend together 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup beef broth until smooth. Stir into liquid to thicken.

Old Fashioned Dutch Oven Beef Stew Recipe

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Cast Iron Beef Stew

Old Fashioned Dutch Oven Beef Stew Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

How to make the best old fashioned dutch oven beef stew recipe. This easy, hearty, melt in your mouth stew is the best comfort food. Simple to make on the stove, this will become your families favorite.

Ingredients

  • Fat – lard or bacon grease are my top two preferences
  • garlic
  • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into 11/2″ cubes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 4 cup beef broth
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut

Instructions

  1. Heat fat in a dutch oven, or large cast iron skillet. I use a large cast iron skillet since I double or triple this recipe. It is best that the meat be browned in a single layer. Add garlic and meat. Brown meat on all sides in hot fat.
  2. Add salt, pepper, bay leaf and 2 cups of beef broth. Cover. Simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove bay leaf. Add 2 cups of beef broth, potatoes and carrots. Continue cooking 30 minutes to an hour, until vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve hot.

Notes

HOW TO THICKEN OLD FASHIONED BEEF STEW

If you find that the beef stew is a little to thin for what you desire, you can thicken it. To do this, blend together 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup beef broth until smooth. Stir into liquid to thicken.

How to Store Beef Stew

I love making a triple batch of stew since it is so easy to refrigerate. And, somehow, it tastes even better the next day. To store, put the leftovers in a glass refrigerator storage container. Another option is to store the stew in a quart size glass jar. Both of these make reheating the stew an easy process.

How to Re-Heat Beef Stew

To re-heat beef stew, empty the contents of the glass refrigerator container into a small sauce pan. Re-heat until the soup is warm and then enjoy!

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