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Basic Beef Stew Using Pantry Staples

Basic Beef Stew Recipe Using Pantry Staples

Rich and hearty with deep flavor, you probably already have everything on hand for this Basic Beef Stew Recipe Using Pantry Staples!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 8 servings
Calories 353kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil or ghee
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch cubes (I like to use beef sirloin)
  • 5 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups beef stock divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound onions chopped (about 3 medium onions)
  • 1 pound carrot sliced into 1/4-inch buttons (about 6 to 8 medium carrots)
  • 4 large stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium potato cubed (I leave the peel on)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour whisked with 1 cup water (optional; to thicken)
  • 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower optional; for serving


  • In a 5-quart pot with a lid, heat the oil on medium-high heat. When the oil starts to ripple, add half the beef and brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the browned beef and cook the remaining meat the same way. Add the browned beef back into the pot along with the garlic and rosemary; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour and cook 2 minutes, continuing to stir constantly.
  • Add 6 cups beef stock, the Worcestershire, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Turn heat up to high and bring the stew up to a boil, then cover the pot, turn heat down to simmer, and let it cook for 60 to 90 minutes (stirring occasionally), or until the meat is tender but not falling apart.
  • Add the onion, carrot, celery, and potato and enough water to just cover everything (about 1 to 2 cups). Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil, then turn heat down to simmer, cover the pot, and cook until the veggies are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you want your stew even thicker, whisk in the flour/water mixture during the last 10 minutes that the veggies are cooking, stirring more frequently after you add this.
  • Add the mushrooms and peas and cook 5 minutes more.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot, on top of mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, if desired.


  • The nutrition information for this recipe was calculated without mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 971mg | Potassium: 1354mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 9708IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg