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chunky beef stew

Chunky Beef Stew


Chunky Beef Stew


The classic American Chunky Beef Stew is a meal in itself. Tremendously comforting with  some homemade bread, buttermilk biscuits or dumplings. I remember having beef stew in the winter months while growing up in Dhahran, where winters were very cold.

Singapore is usually always hot or rainy.. but I do sometimes get a  craving for this stew. The kids will eat it up faster than most meals and the hubby loves it too.

Whenever I get really good stewing beef, I always have this recipe in mind. Nope, it’s not a soup, its not smooth or watery..oh and no it’s not a curry either!!!  It’s chunky and you have to rummage through the contents to make sure each spoonful has all the elements. The ‘browned’ beef promises a wonderful pearlescent gloss to the gravy. The gravy, that is simply heart warming and delicious. So good for something so simple!

A dutch oven or cast iron pot is traditionally used.. but I have made it in my trusted pressure cooker without any trouble too.

chunky beef stew recipe

Chunky Beef Stew

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Recipe Name: Chunky Beef Stew
Recipe Type: Soups and Stews
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time:
Total time: 1
Yield: (5-6 servings)


  • 800 gms  beef good for stewing, like chuck tender       chunky beef stew 2
  • 4 potatoes , peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 2 large carrots, cut into large cubes
  • 2 – 3 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped  (about 1 cup worth)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 70 gms  (small ca) of tomato paste (not to be confused with tomato puree)chunky beef stew 8
  • 1 rounded tsp of dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth or you can use a beef bouillon cube dissolved in hot water.
  • 4 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley  (or 1 tsp dried)
  • A few leaves of sage (or ¼ tsp dried)
  • ½ cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp potato starch
  • 5 Tbsp vegetable oil


  • Cut the beef into stew sized chunks. Drain well. Pat dry. Season with a dash salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a dutch oven, cast iron pot or even a pressure cooker.
  • Add the dry pieces of beef and allow to brown on all sides. (Do this in batches). Remove.
  • To the same oil with some brown bits in there ( that’s flavor!), add onion, garlic bay leaf and celery. Add a tiny bit of oil to the pot only if it is dry and sauté till the onions and celery are softened and reduced. It will be a brownish mixture from the residue in the pot.
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  • Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring to make sure there is no burning.
  • Now add the pepper powder, garlic powder, dijon mustard and stir well.
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  • Add the beef, carrots and potatoes and stir well.
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  • Pour in the broth and add enough water to cover all the ingredients well.
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  • Add salt as needed, since the broth contains salt. Bring to a simmer and add the parsley and sage leaves.
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  • Cover with a tight lid and cook on low for 1 hour till the meat is tender. (If using a pressure cooker, cook on low till you hear 8 steam whistles).
  • Add boiled water, if the stew seems to be going dry. (This is usually not needed if using a pressure cooker), Also add the peas.
  • Mix the cornstarch ( cornflour) and potato starch  in ½ cup of hot water and add to the stew. Return to a simmer, check the tenderness of the meat. Do not stir too much or you will mash the potato ad carrots too much.

Chunky Beef Stew

chunky beef stew soup

Notes: Using a pressure cooker will decrease the cooking time.

Key Ingredients: Beef, Potato, Carrot, Tomato Paste, Onion, Celery, Garlic, Parsley.

Leave a comment if you tried – Chunky Beef Stew.




  1. Love me a good beef stew, and this looks perfect! Especially with the cool weather coming our way soon!

  2. I love stew in fall and winter! Especially one that is chunky and loaded with all those delish vegetables and meat! Love this recipe my friend!

    • Yes the chunky , warm and hearty quality is what gets me too.. Thanks so much Balvinder dear and you have that kind of weather more often for this kind of comfort food:)

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