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The BEST Beef Stew Recipe

Thick, rich and hearty beef stew that is anything BUT bland, if you know what I mean! My girls LOVE this beef stew recipe, and I gotta say it’s the BEST beef stew recipe I’ve found yet!  I’ve always been a meat and potatoes kind of girl, and always liked beef stew, but it was always just “ok”. Even people that say they don’t care for spicy foods really liked it! Hope you try it! Enjoy!


  • 3 lbs chuck roast (trim fat as necessary) or 2 1/2-3 lbs arm roast, cubed (trim fat as necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons Butter Flavor Crisco
  • 1 onion diced large
  • 1 (28 ounce) can peeled chopped tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can beef broth
  • 12 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, can sub 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional, but we like it in there) (optional)
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • 4 -5medium red potatoes, unpeeled, cut lg. bite-sized
  • 1 -2 tablespoon corn starch (optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon cold water (optional)


  • In large mixing bowl, combine flour, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
  • Add meat and shake/toss til all is coated.
  • In large heavy-bottomed pot that has a lid, brown meat over med-high heat in the 4 tbsp Crisco.
  • Add next 8 ingredients, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring only occasionally, til meat is tender.
  • Add carrots and potatoes, recover and simmer another 25-30 minutes or til tender.
  • Remove bay leaf, or, leave it in there and whoever happens to get it has to do the dishes! ;).
  • *Can add or sub peas and/or green beans if desired. You can also add 1 rib of celery, sliced, at the same time you add the potatoes and carrots if desired.
  • **If you like it on the thick side like we do, just mix 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch with equal amount of cold water (I use 2 tbsp each), stir into pot while simmering to thicken even more. Simmer, stirring, for several minutes. Do this at the very end. Stir gently so you don’t wreck the green beans if added.



Cortney Weiss

Cortney Weiss

Hi!! My name is Cortney Weiss, I am a mom of 2 girls, 3 years apart, and with the same birthdays!! I've been married to my loving, godly husband for over 6 years, and I love health and fitness. I raise monarch butterflies year round which the girls love, and we all learn a lot from their life cycle, the good and the bad. It is my passion to help busy mommies become healthier and fit, work one-on-one with like-minded individuals, and help them to succeed in their health and fitness goals. I look forward to learning more about YOU and helping YOU to live a happier, healthier, fitter life. :)