One Pot Beef Stew


My husband and I often take turns cooking, but the rule is that the one who cooks also has to clean up.  And while I love to cook, I’m not always quite so enthusiastic about having to clean up afterwards.

Enter the Dutch Oven, the lazy, er efficient chef’s best friend.  Just one amazing pot from start to finish for meals that taste far more complicated than they actually are.  Quite frankly, I don’t know how I managed to make it the first 34 years of my life without one.  And while I do still love my crockpot, there is something about slow-cooking food in the oven that brings out so much more flavor.

This super-flavorful beef stew only takes about 20 minutes of actual hands-on prep time, followed by a few hours in the oven.  The vegetables get added in the last hour of cooking so they still have a nice crunch.  It is especially good served with a thick crusty bread such as this Easy Beer Bread.


Here is what you need:

3 pounds chuck roast or stew meat, cut into chunks
8 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 sweet onions
5-6 garlic cloves
4-6 tablespoons butter
1 8oz can tomato paste
1 12 oz can beer
6-8 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire 
1 teaspoon ground thyme
6 whole carrots, washed
6-10 red potatoes, washed
6 stalks celery, washed
fresh parsley (optional)


Step 1:  Warm Dutch oven over low heat.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large Ziploc bag, blend flour, salt, and pepper.  Add 1/2 of meat to bag then shake until coated.  Remove meat, set aside, and repeat with remaining meat.


Step 2: Chop onion and garlic; set aside.


Step 3: Heat butter in Dutch Oven over medium-high heat; sear beef chunks on all sides, then remove meat and set aside.  Reduce heat to medium-low.


Step 4: Add onions to Dutch oven and sauté until softened, 4-5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until onions are golden brown, 4-5 minutes more, being sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the Dutch Oven as it cooks.


Step 5: Add tomato paste, beer, beef broth, Worcestershire, and thyme to pot; whisk well until blended.


Step 6:  Add beef back to pot.


Step 7: Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.


Step 8: Chop unpeeled carrots, potatoes, and celery into large bite-sized chunks; add to pot.  Chop parsley if desired and add to pot as well.   Bake for 60 minutes more until vegetables are cooked.  Serve with crusty beer bread!

P.S.  The 10 quart  Ceramcor Dutch Oven that I use is on sale this month for $199 (normally $249), plus you can take an additional 10% off when you use promo code LIVE10WELL.  It is a great deal for an awesome pot!


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What are your favorite one-pot meals?


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  • Holly March 12,

    This looks SO good! Love beef stew! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Sarah Wells March 12,

    I starred this to try later : ) I love making Julia Child’s Beef Bourg. But it really does use like 15 pots and utensils so I only make it once a year during the holidays. I’ve been looking for a simpler way….will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Jenny March 12,

    I don’t own a dutch oven… Suggestions on alternatives?

  • Stephanie March 12,

    Any suggestions for a substitute for the beer?

  • laura March 14,

    Can your dutch oven go in the microwave ? on the grill , oven , broiler ? you think this POT is amazing .. check out Pampered Chef’s new RockCrok dutch oven !!! omg …. and its cheaper !! than this one . 135.00 for the dutch oven size and 115.00 for the everyday cooking size . I’m not just trying to advertise I’m just saying I saw this and just thought I would put out there what we have its just like this maybe even better and cheaper .

    • Anonymous March 17,

      Yes, the Xtrema 10 Qt Dutch Oven can go in the microwave, grill, oven, broiler, etc. It’s take up to 2,7000 degrees.

      Xtrema is more expensive because you are comparing a 2.5 Qt RockCrok to a 10 Qt Dutch Oven.

  • Paige March 15,

    Great recipe!! My husband and I do it slightly differently….whoever cooks doesn’t have to clean up. But as I cook, I naturally clean up after each step. My husband just makes one giant mess that looks like a tornado landed only in our kitchen! lol

  • Libby Wrede August 22,

    What would you use instead of beer? I can not have alcohol (cooked off or not). Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup August 25,

      You can just increase the amount of stock. I hope that helps. :)

  • Kim September 12,

    I am making this and the beer bread tomorrow! Cannot wait. I don’t have one of those pots so I am going to put mine in the crockpot and let it cook that way. Can’t wait to have dinner and watch college football!


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