oval dutch oven filled with a classic beef stew

One Pot Classic Beef Stew Recipe

This dish is made with beef stewing meat, vegetables, red wine and tomato paste and hearty seasoning. The long cooking time turns the meat in this simple homemade stew so tender - and did I mention it's freezer friendly and a great make ahead meal? The perfect fall recipe to make in your Dutch oven!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Traditional
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 354kcal
Author Nora Rusev



For the meat:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 pound beef stewing meat cubed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon flour

For the Vegetables & Gravy:

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 celery sticks sliced
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 potatoes diced
  • 1 bay leaf optional

To Thicken

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water to make a slurry


  • Brown meat: Heat a large durch oven over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the beef, sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour. Cook until browned.
  • Sauté vegetables: Add onion, garlic, celery and carrot and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Deglaze pan: Pour wine into the pot. Bring to a boil while scratching the browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, potatoes and bay leaf, if using.
  • Cook stew: Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 1-2 hours, or place in the oven at 360°F for 1 hour.
  • Thicken: Once stew is ready, open lid and stir well. Add cornstarch slurry to stew and quickly stir until gravy thickens.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Potassium: 1642mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 12711IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 10mg