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Hearty Dutch Oven Beef Stew {Without Potatoes}

Beef stew without potatoes

This Hearty Dutch Oven Beef Stew {without potatoes} is rich in flavor, tender, and the perfect comfort food served with fresh pastry.

This post was updated/modified on February 4th, 2023.

This Hearty Dutch Oven Beef Stew {without potatoes} is perfect on a cold winter day served with Nan’s homemade pastry. There is something so comforting about a warm, tender, and bold-flavored beef stew.

This recipe is the perfect comfort food. Comfort food is my go-to during the winter months, like Mac n Cheese, and Lazy Lasagna Soup, just to name a few, and of course, this chunky beef stew recipe is at the top of the list too. 

bowl of beef stew with pastry

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HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

With simple ingredients, mostly fresh, this hearty beef stew recipe comes together so nicely. Here is what you will need:

  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Beef stew, cubes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Beef broth
  • Water
  • Onion soup mix (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • Corn starch
  • Fresh thyme
  • Carrot
  • Turnip
beef stew in the Dutch oven
Before the beef stew hits the oven!

For the pastry you will need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Water
Pastry to serve with beef stew instead of potatoes

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel carrot and turnip, and cube the large pieces into cubes, about 1 inch thick. Set aside
  2. Clean celery stocks and cube them into 1-inch chunks.
  3. Chop the fresh thyme.
  4. Combine the beef broth, water, onion soup mix, and thyme in a large mixing bowl until combined.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  6. Preheat your Dutch oven on the stove on medium heat with 2 tbsp olive oil and minced garlic.
  7. Once the garlic starts to simmer, place on beef cubes in a single layer (you have to repeat this step 3-4 times), without overlapping to begin the searing process, season the meat with salt and pepper.
  8. Brown each piece of meat for about 2 mins on each side. Once the meat had browned, removed it and add it to a heat-safe bowl. And continue to brown meat until all meat is browned and seasoned.
  9. Once the meat has browned and is set aside, add the beef broth mixture into the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, once it has started boiling, add in the cornstarch slowly, whisking continuously until the mixture starts to thicken. Once corn starch is mixed in, turn off the heat and CAREFULLY add in your vegetables and meat using kitchen tongs.
  10. Stir everything together until combined.
  11. Cover with the lid, and place in the oven for 2 hours.
  12. After 2 hours, remove it from the oven and let it rest on the stovetop.
  13. While the stew is baking, prepare the dry ingredients for the pastry. In a small mixing bowl blend together, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Once you are ready to bake your pastry, blend in the butter a little at a time with a fork (it will be crumbly), add in your milk and start blending together. Gradually add in your water a little at a time until the ingredients come together and you get a sticky dough ball. you may need a little more or a little less water*
  14. Spray 9 muffin tin holes with spray oil. Fill each muffin tin ¾ full with batter. Bake 350 F for 10-12 minutes until the pastry starts to brown.
Sear the meat before adding to your beef stew
Searing the meat adds so much extra flavor to this hearty beef stew!

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS RECIPE

One of my family’s favorite ways to serve dutch oven beef stew without potatoes is with Nan’s homemade pastry. It’s fluffy, with a crispy outside, and goes perfectly on top of a bowl of hot tender beef stew.

You can also serve this dish with garlic bread, fresh bread, dinner rolls, or dumplings.

STORAGE TIP

Homemade Beef Stew can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 3 days in a tightly sealed container.

HOW TO MAKE BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES

You can easily add potatoes to this chunky beef stew. Simply rinse, peel, and cube your potatoes into 1-inch thick chunks and add them into your dutch oven with the rest of your vegetables.

Re-heat as needed on the stovetop in a pot, or simply microwave.

Beef stew without potatoes

CAN YOU MAKE THIS HEARTY BEEF STEW IN THE CROCK-POT

Yes, you can make this beef stew recipe in a crock pot.

  1. Sear the meat first like the steps mentioned above.
  2. Add the liquid ingredients to the crock pot first, including the onion soup mix, and whisk in your cornstarch.
  3. Add in all remaining ingredients and cook on high for 6 hours.

FAQ’S

What is the secret to good beef stew?

The secret to cooking a good beef stew, is to not rush the process. To ensure your stew is tender you want to give the stew time to slowly cook, especially the meat. Give your stew a minimum of 2 hours to cook. The length of the cooking time also enhances the flavor.

What is the best thickener for beef stew?

Cornstarch is the best for thickening stew compared to flour, it won’t cloud your liquid. Remember to slowly add in your cornstarch at the right time to avoid it getting clumpy.

What liquid do you use for beef stew?

Beef broth, stock, or bouillon are the best beef stew liquid to use!

PS. Here are some other dishes you might want to try:

Hearty beef stew with homemade pastry

Hearty Beef Stew

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This Hearty Dutch Oven Beef Stew {without potatoes} is rich in flavor, tender, and the perfect comfort food served with fresh pastry.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 ½ lb of beef stew, cubes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 946 mL beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3 cups cubed carrot
  • 2 cups cubed turnip
  • 1 cup cubed celery
  • Pastry:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼-1/3 cup water

Instructions

  1. Peel carrot and turnip, and cube the large pieces into cubes, about 1 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. Clean celery stocks and cube them into 1-inch chunks.
  3. Chop the fresh thyme.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  5. Preheat the Dutch oven on the stove on medium heat with 2 tbsp olive oil and minced garlic.
  6. Once the garlic starts to simmer, place on beef cubes in a single layer (you have to repeat this step 3-4 times), without overlapping to begin the searing process, season the meat with salt and pepper.
  7. Brown each piece of meat for about 2 mins on each side. Once the meat had browned, removed it and add it to a heat-safe bowl. And continue to brown meat until all meat is browned and seasoned.
  8. Once the meat has browned and is set aside, add the beef broth mixture into the Dutch oven.
  9. Bring to a boil, once it has started boiling, add in the cornstarch slowly, whisking continuously until the mixture starts to thicken.
  10. Once corn starch is mixed in, turn off the heat and CAREFULLY add in your vegetables and meat using kitchen tongs.
  11. Stir everything together until combined.
  12. Cover with the lid, and place in the oven for 2 hours.
  13. After 2 hours, remove it from the oven and let it rest on the stovetop.
  14. While the stew is baking, prepare the dry ingredients for the pastry.
  15. In a small mixing bowl blend together, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  16. Once you are ready to bake your pastry, blend in the butter a little at a time with a fork (it will be crumbly), add in your milk and start blending together.
  17. Gradually add in your water a little at a time until the ingredients come together and you get a sticky dough ball. *You may need a little more or a little less water*
  18. Spray 9 muffin tin holes with spray oil.
  19. Fill each muffin tin ¾ full with batter.
  20. Bake 350 F for 10-12 minutes until the pastry starts to brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 1327mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 14g

*This is just an estimate based off of the information provided here* THIS is not cerified actual nutrition facts*

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