Yes, I admit I used a steak to make this stew. It was older and all the steaks from this cow were kind of tough. Here’s another admission, this recipe is one of the tastiest beef stew recipes I have ever made. Seriously. It was so good I texted my mother in law and told it she had to make it.
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 2 pounds Stew Meat
- 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
- 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 can (12 Oz. Size) Beer
- 4 cups Beef Stock (or 4 Cups Water + 4 Beef Bouillon Cubes)
- 2 cups Water (additional, If Needed)
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Sugar
- 4 whole Carrots, Washed, Unpeeled, And Roughly Sliced
- 4 whole New Potatoes, Quartered
- Minced Parsley (optional)
Heat oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Brown meat in two batches, setting aside on a plate when brown. Cut pieces in half. Set aside.
Add diced onions to the pot. Stir and cook for two or three minutes until softened, then add garlic for another minute. Pour in beer and beef stock, then add Worcestershire, tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper, and sugar. Add beef back into the pot. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
The liquid should cook down to a thicker state. If it gets too thick/reduces too much, add additional water as needed but I left is as I love thick stew.
Add carrots and potatoes, then cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes. (If stew gets dry, just add a cup of hot water at a time to replenish the liquid.) Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Serve in bowls next to crusty French bread. Sprinkle with minced parsley, if desired.