Old Fashion Beef Stew Recipe

Posted on Jan 19 2015 - 7:20pm by Susan Bewley

Anyone else tired of the cold weather? For me, there is nothing I want more than to sit back and lounge when it’s too cold outside. Of course, nothing beats a cold day more than sitting down with the family enjoying a nice, hot cup of soup. While I am normally a big ‘throw it in the slow cooker’ type of girl, one of my friends recently introduced me to a yummy recipe that while it takes some time simmering, is super easy to make and is a fantastic Old Fashion Beef Stew Recipe!

Want to try this soup for yourself? We think you will love this super easy recipe and may find that its very similar to what your mom made! Best of all, it includes only simple ingredients that you commonly found at home, allowing you to quickly put together a delicious stew without spending a fortune!

Note: Special thanks to my friends Shannon at Livingston Creatives for helping me with this recipe and pictures!

4.8 from 16 reviews
Old Fashion Beef Stew Recipe
OLD FASHIONED BEEF STEW Servings: 4-6 Time: 2 hr 20 min
Cuisine: soup
Recipe type: entree
Serves: 4-6 servings
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Dash ground cloves (or ground allspice)
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. In a very hot pan, brown meat with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Once browned, add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and ground cloves. Cover and simmer 1½ hours.
  3. After removing the bay leaves, add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 additional minutes.
  4. To thicken the sauce, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine ¼ cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly. Serve hot.



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

41 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Catherine January 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    One of my favorite meals; especially with the cold weather upon us. xo Catherine

  2. Dana Stargazer Truitt January 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I love Beef stew, as does my 2 kids and hubby!! I am always looking for a new and better beef stew recipe, and Old fashion is usually heartier. I’ll deff give it a try! Thanks!

  3. lisa January 20, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

    This looks delicious. There’s nothing like a hot bowl of beef stew on a cold day. It’s perfect for people like me that rarely eat vegetables. I enjoy them in stew.I’ve found an excellent broth substitute. It’s called better than beef. It’s a concentrated base, you add water to. Very flavorful.

  4. Barrie January 20, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    What a tasty recipe. It looks easy. I haven’t had beef stew in a long time but now I’m craving it.

  5. judy maharrey January 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I love to make crock pot beef stew. It blends in the flavors, and smells wonderful. Your recipe has a few things I don’t use, but I am going to try them.

  6. julie ferguson gould January 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    This sounds and looks like a Yummy recipe for Beef Stew 🙂 My wife has a recipe that is kind of like this but this does not take as long as hers does, so I might just have to give it a try. Thanks hun

  7. Mary Czerczyk January 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I love beef stew with cornbread. I will try this recipe, thanks.

  8. Laura J January 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Oh that looks so good! Just like my grandmother used to make when I was little! I love that it has the cornstarch in it, so I can make it totally gluten free for me!

  9. debbie January 22, 2015 at 3:00 am - Reply

    I love old fashioned recipes since I was raised by my grandmother and taught to cook since she was in the war and rationing. Sounds delicious and I am going to make it. Thanks 🙂

  10. Lucy Mills January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    This looks so hearty and is a much better alternative to preserved soups and stews you can buy at the store! Thank you for the recipe! Pinning!

  11. Natalie January 22, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I love beef stew, I will have to try this one. I can make some adjustments so I can cook this in my slow cooker. A MUST for me as I homeschool my kids.

  12. Rebecca HM. January 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I am definitely going to have to make this, looks delicious. I love homemade soups best, because you know what is in them, and they just taste better. Thanks for the post.

  13. Pamela Gurganus January 22, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I love beef stew and have been craving it lately! I’ve never made homemade beef stew, I usually have it when my mom makes it, but I love this recipe and am going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lori Humphrey January 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Just reading the recipe and looking at the pictures made my mouth water. I can almost smell it. I am definetly going to make this. I love pot roast. Yummy!

  15. Lori Humphrey January 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Just reading the recipe and looking at the pictures made my mouth water. I can almost smell it. I am definetly going to make this. I love beef stew. Yummy!

  16. Joni Mason January 23, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I’ve use a prepackaged mix to make my beef stew.I’ve always wanted to try to make it from scratch and this looks like the perfect recipe, thanks for sharing!

  17. John House January 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a good recipe. Personally I would up the onion content and maybe cut it in sections instead of chopping it, but that is more of a personal preference.

  18. denise low January 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe. I just love beef stew in the winter.That is our favorite soup here.

  19. Michele Ash January 24, 2015 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the recipe on Old Fashion Beef Stew! I love making Vegetable Soup or Beef Stew when it’s cold outside! Since my husband has been sick again and waiting for surgery, he hasn’t been working again. We went through a different illness in the summer where he didn’t work for months and months! Both of us are disabled and on a fixed income. The part-time job he has helps us with groceries and extras. We had a terrible time with the first illness and surgery trying to pay the bills and keep up. He was only back at work for 2 months before this one struck! I guess what I’m trying to tell you is it’s hard for us to get groceries in the house these days. We’ve been getting through with hot meals, but, they are nothing like we are all used to! I haven’t had the “meat” to make beef stew or beef pot pie. We’ve been living off of spaghetti and an awful lot of canned goods. I’ve been able to get some ground meat here and there to make meatloaf and I did make Chili once already. I just love making nice hot homemade soups and stews this time of year! I really love your recipe for the Old Fashion Beef stew. I have it printed out and will use it once I can get a nice piece of meat to make it with! I really do appreciate your sharing your recipe with all of us! It looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it!!! Thanks so very much, Michele 🙂

  20. Lynn Clayton January 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply


  21. Ash L. January 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Besides lasagna, beef stew is one of my favorite dishes. I’m always on the lookout for a new recipe.

  22. charlotte hess January 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    love the recipe. we love homey type foods when it’s cold outside or rainy, yes it even gets cold here in Florida

  23. leonilyn January 25, 2015 at 1:29 am - Reply

    i would love to try this recipe. I have been looking for new recipes since we are a family of fried food lover. I want to try new ones.

  24. Linda Moffitt January 25, 2015 at 2:16 am - Reply

    This looks delicious I am so hungry now I pinned the recipe before I even looked at the article just from seeing the pic Thanks for sharing 😀 My Husband has been wanting to make this or some kind of soup because it is very cold here in PA

  25. adrienne zedella January 25, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I need to make some beef stew. all I need is some BEEF!!! I already have everything else!

  26. Roz January 25, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    This recipe sounds like the beef stew I made years ago, thanks for refreshing my memory.

  27. Dee Lafrenz January 25, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I love this recipe! I always forget to put in the Worcestershire sauce in mine. We love beef stew, but seem to only make it 3-4 times a year. I usually make mine with a bit of Balsamic Vinegar also. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. M.Clark January 29, 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

    This looks delicious, it’s always nice to have a great beef stew recipe. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  29. Penni January 29, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    My cousin was just asking if I knew of a good beef-stew recipe – and now I can tell him I do! This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. Lula Ruger February 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I love beef stew and this recipie is a little different thank you i will try it

  31. Linda Bradshaw February 23, 2015 at 4:36 am - Reply

    This looks really good. I just printed out the recipe so I can make it next week.

  32. Linda Manns Linneman March 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    This sounds so good. I have not had this in such a long time. Thank you for sharing this great recipe

  33. BILL HOFF March 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    We are always looking for different ways to prepare brrf…thanks

  34. lisa March 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Beef stew is always a good cold weather choice. I have my winter favorites. Stew and chili are on the top of my list. They both taste better the next day.

  35. lisa March 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    This recipe is delicious. I’m glad to see that I can comment. Yesterday, I kept seeing that you had to be logged in to leave one.

  36. judy maharrey April 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I love beef stew. I make mine in the crock pot all the time. Except for a few ingredients, mine is made like this. My family loves it.

  37. Lisa Ward April 5, 2015 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I love making stews . This is a definite try.. thanks for the recipe. .

  38. Sue M. April 6, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I love beef stew, and this recipe looks great! Thank you for posting!

  39. denise low April 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe. I could eat beef stew in the cold weather or the hot weather.

  40. BILL HOFF May 9, 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    We are always looking for different ways to prepare beef…

  41. lisa June 12, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I didn’t see any potato in this recipe. My recipe is close to this but I always add potato to my stew.

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