Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mom's Beef Stew

I know what you're thinking, Beef Stew is brown not red! Well tell that to my mom! Growing up this is what I knew beef stew to be and you know what, my friends used to request that my mom make this. It's delicious! It's so funny because like I've mention before, my mother made everything in a red sauce. Her meatloaf is red, her stuffed peppers had a red sauce, her macaroni and peas were also red and her beef stew is red. I think my mom has learned some new variations to all of these things but this is what she knew and this is what we loved! I still remember mashing up my potatoes and carrots and mixing it up in the sauce and then dipping my bread in it. That's how my dad liked to eat it and I followed suit.

My mom made hers in the pressure pot but since I'm still too chicken to use mine I made it on the stove. I think the only difference is time. If you have time cook it on the stove top (or even in a slow cooker) but if you're in a rush a pressure cooker comes in very handy! The other benefit of a pressure cooker is that you don't need to add liquid.  On the stovetop you need to make sure there is always enough liquid.  Add beef broth or water if needed.

Mom's Beef Stew


1 1/2 pound stew meat (round, NOT chuck), cut the pieces in half if they are very large (bite size)
3 large potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 bag of baby carrots
2 - 8 oz cans of tomato sauce (such as delmonte)
beef broth/water
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic 
2 cubes Dorat frozen basil (2 tsps)
1 tsp dried Italian Seasoning
Salt and Pepper
olive oil


1.  Season beef with salt and pepper. In a heavy bottomed pot (dutch oven) brown beef and garlic in oil.  Do not let garlic burn.

2.  Once beef is browned, add vegetables, season with salt, pepper, italian seasoning.  Add basil, tomato sauce and a can of water.  Add more water or beef broth until beef and veggies are more than halfway covered with liquid.  Stir to combine and cover.  Let come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Let cook for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until beef and potatoes are tender.

Serve with crusty bread.

If using a pressure cooker follow the directions that came with your pot as each one is different. 


Pam said...

I've never had red beef stew before but it looks wonderful! I love that it's simple but delicous.

Amber said...

This looks yummmmy! It looks like my mother in laws beef stew. She's an awesome latin cook so this is a big compliment. :-)

teresa said...

oh yummy! i think my mom used to make us a similar version growing up and i remember LOVING it! great memories.

justjoycee said...

I like my food red too.....nice recipe.

Dajana said...

That's wonderful looking stew. I do the same with potatoes and carrots, it's the best part of eating stew.

Mom on the Run said...

This would be a great stew for my cast iron pot on a Sunday.

My grandmother made everything red as well so this did not look weird to me!

Dionne said...

Mmmmm... beef stew. My husband will be thanking you for sharing this recipe!

Bob said...

Mmmm, red beef stew. My girlfriends mom always put tomatoes in her stew so that's how she wants me to make it. Looks great!

Spryte said...

Mmmm.... that looks so good. I bet the flavor is similar to my swiss steak.

Patti T. said...

This sounds so good. I think I will try it this way, next time I make beef stew!

Mary said...

Red or brown, I'll bet it's delicious!! I have been in the mood for beef stew, even though we only had like 2 days of cooler weather and then back to the 80s. Maybe fall will show up by winter.

Cathy said...

What a nice looking stew! I'm pretty sure the last time I made stew it was red, too! It is a great color--LOL.

Christine said...

You mean beef stew isn't usually red?? :) It was always red in my house and that is the way I make it too. My mom used to add peas but my husband is not a fan so I leave them out. My mom was just like yours Michele, everything was red!

Danielle said...

My mom will sometimes put stewed tomatoes in her beef stew...but ya, mostly its brown. And you won't be seeing me using a pressure cooker anytime soon either LOL

Courtney said...

mMm! I love stew, looks delicious! Faving this! :)