Classic Stovetop Beef Stew


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A warm bowl of hearty beef stew in your hands is hard to beat on a cold day! Natalie from TheModernProper loves to make this for her and her family. They use Simply Organic Whole Spices, like cinammon and clove, to add a subtle depth with the warming spices. 

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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 2hrs 5mins
Serves or Makes: 5-6

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  • 3-4 lbs chuck roast cut into 2” pieces (we prefer this over stew meat)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 4 celery ribs, diced
  • 4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Simply Organic Cinnamon Sticks
  • 20 Simply Organic Whole Cloves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2” pieces
  • 6 yukon gold potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups green beans, cut into 2” pieces


  • Step 1

    Generously season meat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Working in small batches brown all sides of meat until edges are just brown, but not cooked through. Set meat aside and continue with remaining meat.

  • Step 2

    In the pot used for the meat add onions, celery and carrots. If necessary add another tbsp of olive oil. Cook until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Add garlic to the medley and continue cooking until fragrant, about 2 more minutes. Once cooked add in tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon and cloves. Once fragrant, add meat and 4 cups of the beef stock to the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook on low for 1 ½ hours or until beef is falling apart.

  • Step 3

    Remove lid and add in beef bouillon along with remaining beef stock and prepared vegetables. Cook until potatoes and carrots are fork tender, about 20 more minutes. Adjust salt as needed.

  • Step 4

    For a thicker stew mix cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until mixture is a murky liquid. Add to the prepared stew and stir over low heat until stew has thickened.

  • Step 5

    Serve stew topped with parsley and good crusty bread.