Beef Stew is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. The aromas that fill the kitchen as it simmers bring back memories of winters long ago, of spending time with neighbors and siblings playing in the cold with no worries except ducking from the occasional snowball. Entering the warm house and sitting down to a hot meal of Mom’s Beef Stew was the best!

If your local bakery sells sourdough boule, try cutting off the top and serving this stew inside the boule. Extra cozy! Or slice up your favorite baguette for dipping.

This Mom’s Beef Stew recipe cooks beautifully on the stovetop, but can easily be adapted for a slow cooker or instant pot. After you brown the beef, add all ingredients except the green beans and peas.  During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the green beans and peas. If using fresh peas and green beans, you can add them at the beginning of cooking.

Any way you prepare it, Mom’s Beef Stew is delicious, and cleanup of this simple one-pot meal is a breeze.

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Mom’s Beef Stew

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  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes


A hearty Beef Stew to warm you on a chilly day. Recipe from PocketChange


  • 2 pound beef chuck roast
  • 2 cups water or beef broth
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (or 2 russets)
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 pound frozen green beans
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. Cut chuck roast into 1 inch cubes and brown in bottom of pot (usually takes 15 minutes or so)
  2. While beef is browning, peel carrots and chop carrots and potatoes into 1 inch pieces
  3. Drain beef when finished browning
  4. Add beef back to pot and add all the ingredients except the green beans
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2½ to 3 hours
  6. Add green beans ad simmer for 30 minutes more
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  8. Serve piping hot with crusty bread


*1 package of frozen mixed vegetables can be substituted for the frozen beans and peas.

*For a richer broth, add 1 Tablespoon of Better Than Bouillon or a beef bouillon cube.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours

What is your favorite childhood memory? Is there a dish that you make that always brings those memories back? What else do you put in your beef stew?

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