how long does beef stew take

Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the beef, beef broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. Cover and cook, skimming broth from time to time, until the beef is tender, about 1½ hours.

I have something slightly controversial to say but I’m just going to say it: I dislike — nay, loathe — chunky beef stew.

The aversion is a result of being served a few too many pot roasts with dry meat and soggy vegetables as a kid (sorry Mom!) Unfortunately beef stew became guilty by association and was lumped into the “hard pass” recipe category for many years.

Thrilled to say we’ve got a work around and that the ingredients in my Stove Top Beef Stew are not only easily scooped up with a spoon (keep your knives, pot roast!) but melt in your mouth tender. This version of beef stew is really a beef and vegetable-studded gravy that’s perfect for draping over a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes.

Get ready to replace your old beef stew recipe with this new go-to that’s cooked on top of the stove instead of in the oven!

Choosing Meat for Beef Stew

Pick up the beef chuck packaged as “beef for stew” to save yourself the time and effort of trimming and cutting up a whole roast. I still find I need to cut some of the larger pieces down to be bite-sized, but let the butchers do the hard part.

Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

how long does beef stew take

The seasonings include rosemary, thyme, marjoram, paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. This mixture of dried spices adds a flavor component to the stew that takes me home! In addition to adding flavor, the paprika does a nice job of adding rich color to the stew.

The rest of the prep is minimal and once you get it going, the process is mostly hands-free.

How to Make Classic Stovetop Beef Stew

This is a quick overview of how to make this recipe. You’ll find detailed instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.

The first step is what makes this recipe unique and ensures a fabulous result. The seasoning mix is added in layers to the stew. First to the chunks of beef as they are browned and later to the sauce before it all simmers together.

The sauce starts with a little tomato paste, low-sodium beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and a bay leaf. It’s thickened at the end of the cooking process with a simple cornstarch/water slurry into a luscious gravy-like sauce for the beef and veggies.

The beef stew requires about two hours of simmer time which is the reason why recipes like this are a Sunday supper tradition.

how long does beef stew take

You’ll want to serve the stew with French bread for dipping.

I can’t think of a more perfect choice for a comforting meal on a lazy Sunday.

Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the beef, beef broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. Cover and cook, skimming broth from time to time, until the beef is tender, about 1½ hours.

FAQ

How long do stews take?

There isn’t a specific limit to how long a stew can cook, but generally speaking, most stews are cooked for 1-3 hours. Cooking a stew for an extended period of time can help to develop flavors and tenderize tougher cuts of meat. However, overcooking can lead to mushy vegetables and meat that falls apart.

How do you know when stewing beef is done?

You’ll know it’s done when the beef is fork-tender.

Can you slow cook beef stew too long?

Yes, it is possible to overcook beef stew in a slow cooker. If the stew is cooked for too long, the meat can become dry and tough, and the vegetables can turn mushy.

Can you slow cook stew for 20 hours?

Most stew recipes are designed to cook for 6 to 8 hours on low heat or 3 to 4 hours on high heat. Cooking a stew for 15 hours could result in overcooked and mushy vegetables and meat. It’s important to follow the recommended cooking times for stew recipes to achieve the best results.

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