Nana’s Hearty Beef Stew

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Getting a recipe from my mom is a lesson in decoding the past.  My notes read something like this…  Put some flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a paper bag.  “How much mom?” my mom answers

“Just enough”  That is how all her recipes are received.  I am going to have to take these one at a time and recreate them to try and save those family recipes.

This is the same beef stew that I grew up on and the same stew my mom grew up on.  My grandma shared this recipe with my mom and now I get to share it with my daughter (and you!).  It is such an incredibly hearty stew, it is thick, rich and delicious.  We love it and you are going to love it too!

Dinner’s Ready!

With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Nana’s Hearty Beef Stew

Donna Elick
Nana's Hearty Beef Stew
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 6


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 pound red potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound baby carrots, cut in half
  • 4-6 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon gravy master


  • In a gallon size resealable bag, combine flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and all paprika. Set aside.
  • In a large heavy bottom pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add beef to flour mixture in resealable bag a handful at a time. Shake to cover beef.
    Remove beef from flour and shake gently to remove loose flour. Place coated beef in pan, brown on all sides.
    Continue adding beef and turning cooked pieces, remove any pieces that are fully cooked and place in your upside down pot lid.
  • Once all beef is browned, put it all back into the pot. Add tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, gravy master and add enough beef broth to cover beef and vegetables.
  • Cover and cook 25-30 minutes, until stew is thickened and veggies are tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 431cal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1525mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 6mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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  1. Oh yeah – love beef stew! We have a high today of 78. Fall is already in the air and I'm ready. I want to make this and go camping. Tell your mom thanks for this one – a true family classic. Have a great week Donna.

  2. Yummy Donna, I love recipes that are passed on and on and on like this one. It looks wonderful and perfect for these starting to be cool fall days!

    1. No, I sure don't. The fabulous flavor in this recipe comes from browning the meat first. This recipe wouldn't translate to a crock pot. But perhaps I will work on a crock pot recipe for this fall.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.



    2. if it helps any, I brown ALL my meat before I put it in the crockpot, no matter what the recipe.. can't beat added layers of flavor. Then, as in stew, I add water or red wine to the browned bits (Fond) and loosen with a wooden spoon, then add that to the meat.. then proceed with the rest of the recipe. or, if the veggies need to be browned as well, I take the meat out after it's browned and toss in the veggies real quick to get some color and flavor, THEN loosen the fond with the water or wine and add to the slow cooker.

    3. This is one of my favorite comfort meals! I make southern biscuits to go with it!thank you so much for sharing! I love all your recipes I haven't found one I didn't enjoy 😋

    1. Its a seasoning and browning sauce. You can find it in your local grocery store. Either in the baking aisle by the seasonings or by the gravy. Enjoy!

    1. Its a seasoning and browning sauce. You can find it in your local grocery store. Either in the baking aisle by the seasonings or by the gravy. Enjoy!

    2. I don't know about other areas, but around here we don't have Gravy Master, but we DO have Kitchen Bouquet.. same thing. it's a browning agent, awesome for those that can't quite make a dark gravy, but comes out sorta grey? lol.. Just a tiny bit of this makes any gravy dark and deeelicious. Usually found somewhere close by the Worcestershire sauce in our stores, I'm guessing in others as well.

  3. This is a staple in my house. My partner loves it and there's always so much leftovers for us to save for later! I do replace the beef with honey sausages though, gives the stew just a little more depth. Your cheesy bacon beer soup is also another favourite around the house.

    Love your blog!

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