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If you’re wondering what to make with stew meat besides stew, you’re in the right place! As delicious as beef stew is, sometimes you just need to switch things up.

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About once a month I stock my freezer with a variety of meats. Chicken thighs, chicken breasts, whole chicken, ground beef, chuck roast, and beef stew meat, to name a few staples. I find that if I already have a fridge and pantry full of foods, I am much more likely to want to cook dinner!

So, let’s talk stew meat! Or beef stew cubes, stew beef, beef cubes, or whatever you want to call it…

As much as I love a good rich and hearty beef stew, I like to keep things interesting. I’m always looking for ideas on what to make with stew meat besides stew.

Additionally, it’s hard to want to eat a piping hot stew during the summer months, especially here in Florida. If you have other recipe ideas up your sleeve, you can enjoy this cut of meat year-round.

I put together a list of the best beef stew meat recipes that are not stew. Here you’ll find everything from fragrant beef curries, to braised beef meals, beef rice dishes, savory meat pies with beef, and a variety of beef goulash recipes.

Beef cubes turn out great with low and slow cooking, as well as with high pressure cooking. Here you’ll find a few slow cooker and Crockpot recipes, in addition to several Instant Pot stew meat recipes.

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What to Make with Stew Meat Besides Stew

Start going through the meat stash in your freezer! Bookmark these delicious meals when you’re planning your weekly dinner menu. And many of these dishes are perfect for meal prep because they freeze well and leftovers are even better!

Rogan Josh Recipe (Kashmiri Red Curry with Meat)
This Rogan Josh recipe is a beautiful red-colored, complex-flavored curry dish with Persian origins that's a staple in Kashmiri cuisine.
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Lubia Polo (Persian Green Bean Rice)
Lubia polo is a delicious Persian green bean rice dish made with tomatoes, green beans, and chunks of beef stew meat. It can easily be prepared vegetarian style.
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Lubia Polo (Persian Green Bean Rice)
Boeuf Bourguignon
If you're looking for a comforting and delicious meal that's perfect for any occasion, you won't want to miss this Boeuf Bourguignon recipe! This classic French dish features tender beef stew meat cooked to perfection with savory mushrooms, red wine, and crispy bacon. The result is a rich and flavorful meal that's sure to impress your friends and family.
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Boeuf Bourguignon
Persian Okra Stew (Khoresh Bamieh)
Persian Okra Stew (Khoresh Bamieh) is a classic Iranian dish of meat stewed with tomatoes, okra, and spices. It’s delicious enough to convert even the most adamant okra haters!
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Beef and Dumplings
Beef with Dumplings is the ultimate comfort food. The beef is fork-tender and melts in your mouth, and the dumplings are as light as clouds!
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Beef and Dumplings
Carne Guisada (Smoky Chili Braised Beef)
Bite-sized chunks of beef are rendered fork-tender after cooking low and slow in a richly seasoned sauce. This Smoky Chili Braised Beef, also known as Carne Guisada, is a flavorful, satisfying meal that will have everyone going back for seconds!
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Carne Guisada (Smoky Chili Braised Beef)

Instant Pot Stew Meat Recipes That Aren’t Stew

If you’re looking for quick and easy weeknight recipes using beef stew meat, the Instant Pot is the way to go! The Instant Pot lets you cook things quickly that normally need to be cooked low and slow, including tougher cuts of meat. I use the Instant Pot for several of my favorite beef cubes recipes.

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe
This Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe has tender pieces of beef and egg noodles in a savory creamy sauce. It's a quick and hearty one-pot meal in the electric pressure cooker that is sure to become a favorite family dinner!
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Beef Masala Curry
This Beef Masala Curry is so hearty, cozy, and flavorful! It has bold flavors and it’s great for dinner or meal prep – and leftovers are even better!
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Instant Pot Stew Meat Beef and Broccoli
Instant Pot Stew Meat Beef and Broccoli is an easy and quick dinner that won’t heat up your kitchen. It has amazing flavor and your whole family will love it.
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Beef Rendang
Indulge in this rich and flavorful beef rendang, a traditional Indonesian dish made with beef stew meat cooked in the Instant Pot with a fragrant blend of spices and coconut milk. You'll want savor every bite of this mouthwatering recipe!
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Beef Tagine with Potatoes
Do dinner right with this tasty beef tagine with potatoes made in the Instant Pot. This Moroccan-inspired dish is full of flavor, made with simple ingredients, and loaded with heart-healthy potatoes.
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Beef Tagine with Potatoes
Instant Pot Beef Paprikash
This Instant Pot Beef Paprikash is a quick and easy recipe that's packed with flavor, is oh-so-filling, and is certain to be a hit with your entire family! Few things simplify recipes as much as the Instant Pot, and this tasty dish is no exception.
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Slow Cooker Stew Meat Recipes Other Than Stew

When you’re looking for ideas for what to make with stew meat besides stew, the slow cooker is an excellent place to turn! Come home to a house that smells amazing, and a delicious hot meal waiting for you when you put your Crockpot to good use.

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles with Mushrooms
If you're looking for a hearty and delicious meal that practically cooks itself, you found it! Check out this amazing Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles with Mushrooms recipe! Tender beef, savory mushrooms, and flavorful sauce pair with noodles in one mouth-watering dish that's sure to become a family favorite.
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Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles with Mushrooms
Chile Colorado
Chile Colorado features chunks of tender beef cooked in a mildly spicy flavorful chile sauce. This recipe has step-by-step instructions for the stovetop, slow cooker, and Instant Pot!
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Crock Pot Pepper Steak
Crock Pot Pepper Steak is a family friendly, easy recipe with tender stew beef, peppers, onions, and seasonings cooked in a slow cooker.
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Crock Pot Pepper Steak

Savory Meat Pies

There’s just something about a savory pie with a flaky butter crust and a rich hearty filling that says comfort food to me. Stew meat makes these satisfying, and is the perfect choice if you want to try something new.

Beef Pasty Recipe
Inspired by Cornish Pasties, this savory herbed beef pasty recipe features meat and vegetables in a flaky, buttery crust. It's the perfect hand-held portable meal, and is surprisingly easy to make!
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Scottish Steak Pie
Scottish steak pie is a classic all year long, but is the traditional dish for New Year's Day. It's super easy to make, especially when you use store-bought puff pastry!
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Scottish Steak Pie
Individual Steak and Ale Pie Recipe
British steak and ale pie is pure comfort food with a flaky butter crust and a rich, savory vegetable beef stew inside. Soul-warming dishes like this are classic English pub fare, and for good reason. Hearty meals help take the chill off winter!
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Goulash Recipes

There are so many different beef goulash recipes out there! Many European countries have their own version of this classic beef dish, and of course it’s not to be confused with American Goulash. Try a new type of goulash today!

Gulaschsuppe Recipe (German Goulash Soup) 
Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup) is a rich beef soup that’s spiced with paprika and seasoned with thyme, caraway, marjoram, onion, and garlic.
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Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash
Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash is an easy dish that's made entirely in the Instant Pot! This easy dinner has pieces of tender stew beef in a rich paprika tomato sauce.
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Instant Pot Czech Goulash
This Instant Pot Czech Goulash is also known as Cesky Gulas or Hovězí Guláš (Beef Goulash). It’s often found in the pubs in Prague. This recipe is passed down from my mother in law and converted to the Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Czech Goulash

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Stew Meat?

A lot of people ask if this is just cut up steak! And I guess that really depends on what you consider “steak”, lol.

Stew meat is chunks of meat that typically come from tougher cuts of meat with lots of connective tissue. When you cook this meat low and slow with liquid (aka, the cooking method known as braising), the connective tissue breaks down into melt-in-your-mouth-tender meat.

People commonly ask if they can just use chuck roast instead, and the answer is yes! If you prefer, get a chuck roast, trim off the visible fat, and cut the roast into chunks to use it as stew meat.

What Cut of Meat is Used for Stew Meat?

This is frequently “chuck” (which comes from the shoulder of a cow), and/or “round” (including both top and bottom round, which comes from the back leg of the cow).

How Long Does it Take for Stew Meat to Get Tender?

Because stew meat comes from a tougher cut, it’s usually best cook it low and slow with liquid until tender. However, the exact amount of time this will take depends on the specific cut of meat and the size of the meat chunks. If you’re braising on the stovetop, usually around 2 hours will result in tender meat.

Of course, this takes longer in the slower cooker and is faster in the Instant Pot!

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