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Best Beef Dutch Oven Stew

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.

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The first few things I tried in “this thing” was amazing, so last night I tried dutch oven stew, it was a huge hit!! Definitely one of our favorite dutch oven recipes. (originally published 11/17)

I was new to the whole idea of a dutch oven but saw one on a cooking show and was intrigued.

I LOVE my cast iron skillet so a cast iron pot had to be amazing.

If you’re new to using this enclosed cast iron pot, let me share a little information:

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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).

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So why a cast iron dutch oven??

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).

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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!

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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.

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  1. Dutch oven – this is the one I have
  2. Stew meat or beef tips
  3. 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
  4. Carrots – buy the mini snackable ones and just halve them
  5. Flour – as a thickener
  6. Diced tomatoes – I like the petite version
  7. Tomato sauce
  8. Onion
  9. 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

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What is also great about dutch oven recipes is that you can use the pot when you’re camping!!

You can also make this Crock pot slow cooked stew we love to make at home. OR choose one of our Instant Pot stew meat recipes.

If you want a shorter cook time, you can follow this Instant Pot beef tips version that is heavy on the protein, or pressure cooker stew here.

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Here are a few questions you might have in mind before you get started on this.

What can I add to beef stew for flavor?

Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Paprika or some Cayenne Pepper for a bit or a lot of heat.

How do you make beef stew meat tender?

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.

Should I brown stew meat first?

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.pressure cooker beef stew

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.

Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew

  1. 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.

  2. Whisk

    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.

  3. Bake

    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

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.
Course Dinner, Entree, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, campfire, dutch oven, easy, homemade, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 276kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Dutch Oven Stew
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 1144mg50%
Potassium 1050mg30%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 5405IU108%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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