This easy Dutch Oven stew is hearty & will bring you back to your childhood! Packed with tender beef and vegetables it’s the perfect dinner or camping meal.
Camp Stew Recipe
I was new to the whole idea of a dutch oven but saw one on a cooking show and was intrigued. Now I LOVE my cast iron skillet so a cast iron pot had to be amazing right??
And no you don’t only use these if you’re camping, that is not my kind of vacation. Using it right on your stovetop is amazing because anything and everything inside stays so moist and just falls apart.
If you’re new to using this enclosed cast iron pot, let me share a little information:
The first recipe I made in it was this dutch oven whole chicken and seriously that is probably the moistest chicken ever.
Packed with flavor (even the vegetables were more delicious than in a regular pan).
Dutch Oven Stew Meat
So why a cast iron dutch oven??
- Well if you don’t have one you can check out the one I have here.
Cast iron in general cooks or bakes everything more evenly than a pan that has hot spots, and it maintains great flavors the more you use it.
You see you don’t want to scrub scrub this pan or pot. You merely rinse it off and over the years it becomes “seasoned” as they say.
My pan was my husband’s grandmothers and it still looks great (as opposed to my Teflon pans that are totally shot after a few years).
Beef Stew Dutch Oven
If you’re around my age (40ish) you surely had stew growing up, beef stew is most common.
Crockpots were big “back in the day” and I remember many many stew dinners cooked in that. That was good but seriously this dutch oven beef stew is WAY better!!
- It is super easy to throw it in your cast iron pot too!
You literally throw everything in except the potatoes and mushrooms if you choose to add those. Then add them halfway thru. Stir and serve!
- No need to thicken the sauce at the end. It is plenty thick and hearty when you take the lid off at the end of 3 hours total.
Throw in some rolls and voila, you’ve got yourself the perfect comfort food ever!
This is what I used. Of course you can tweak it as you wish but if it’s something new you’ve never done you might want to stick with my specifics.
Dutch oven stew
- Dutch oven – this is the one I have
- Stew meat or beef tips
- Small red potatoes – I buy the bag of baby ones that is about 1.5 lbs. at the store, quarter them, and use the whole thing
- Carrots – buy the mini snackable ones and just halve them
- Flour – as a thickener
- Diced tomatoes – I like the petite version
- Tomato sauce
- Spices – I gently season and then add a bit of salt when served because everyone is different
Can I use chuck roast for stew meat?
If you use an already tender cut cut of beef, it will dry out and get tough as the stew cooks.
It’s actually best to go with a tougher variety. The best beef stew meat is a boneless chuck roast.
It doesn’t dry out, and offers up all the rich flavor you want in a beef stew
What is also great about dutch oven recipes is that you can use the pot when you’re camping!!
- They are great to cook just about everything over a campfire. Here are some other easy camping recipes if you’re looking for that.
- Even baking bread in a Dutch Oven is fun! So yummy too.
- If you want to cook a dutch oven roast we have instructions for that too.
Here are a few questions you might have in mind before you get started on this.
Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Paprika or some Cayenne Pepper for a bit or a lot of heat.
Low and slow is the key. That is why it makes a great slow cooker recipe as well as in your dutch oven cast iron pot like this. A low temperature for a longer time is what you need.
You can and it will add a bit of texture to the outside of your meat. You’ll get a bit of a caramelized flavor to it as well which will add a ton of flavor. I typically don’t for this method.
To thin any of these out you can add some beef broth or chicken broth. 1/2 cup of red wine can also be used for bolder flavors.
- After this try our dutch oven corned beef and cabbage. It’s not just for St.Patricks Day!
- And dutch oven ham for Easter time.
Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Dutch Oven Beef Stew
- Add ingredients
Put stew meat inside your dutch oven with onions, carrots, salt, oregano, w. sauce, and diced tomatoes. Pour beef broth on top ensuring all beef is covered and most veggies too.
Add a bit more than 12 oz. if you are adding more ingredients. I do not choose to brown beef over medium high heat beforehand but you could.
Whisk together your flour and tomato sauce in a small bowl and pour it on top of your mixture in the dutch oven, stir until combined and coated.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Take out, add quartered potatoes and mushrooms if you’re adding those. Recover and cook an additional 90 minutes.
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Dutch Oven Stew
- 1 lb stew meat
- 1 onion sliced
- 3 carrots cut
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes 15 oz.
- 12 oz beef broth
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1/3 c flour
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
- 1-1.5 lbs baby red potatoes quartered
- 1-2 c mushrooms halved, optional
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt or more, may add additional when serving
- Put stew meat inside your dutch oven with onions, carrots, salt, oregano, w. sauce, and diced tomatoes.
- Pour beef broth on top ensuring all beef is covered and most veggies too, add a bit more than 12 oz. if you are adding more ingredients.
- Whisk together your flour and tomato sauce in a small bowl and pour it on top of your mixture in the dutch oven, stir until combined and coated.
- Put lid on and put into your oven at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.
- Take out, add quartered potatoes and mushrooms if you’re adding those.
- Recover and cook an additional 90 minutes.