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Recipes Using Beef Stew Meat

Tons of quick recipes using beef stew meat are here to choose from! How to make the best, tender meals using these inexpensive cuts from Crock pot beef tips and beyond. What to make with stew meat besides stew is here to choose from that are family friendly and easy to make.

What to make with stew meat besides stew

There are so many amazing recipes with beef stew meat out there. From casseroles, to soups, and everything in between we’re here to share them all. Find these and more easy beef recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)

Stew Meat Recipes

If you too are all about cheap recipes, you’ve probably picked up a packet of this meat in the store yourself. Once you understand how to cook it well you can use it in a variety of Instant Pot recipes, in your Crockpot, and a bunch of Ninja Foodi recipes too.

Use our roundup of easy Instant Pot stew meat recipes to start with. We also have how to cook beef tips here. Similar cuts for sure but the latter is more tender.

  • Heck, we’ve even made greatness in our air fryer!

What are the Best Recipes using Stew Meat?

I know, super thick gravy is key most of the time you make this otherwise tough protein. You will want all the seasonings you love on it too in order to add flavor. From there you want to cook it low and slow to break down the connective tissues and make it melt-in-your-mouth fork tender. We have many suggestions for you below.

Follow our suggestions to make a great camping recipe over the campfire. Here are a few questions you might have if this is a new type of meat you haven’t used very often:

What kind of meat is stew meat?

If you’ve never bought a package of this pre cut protein at the store before you might be like huhhh? Typically it’s from the shoulder of a cow, and cut into bite size pieces. Many times it is what’s left over after the butcher cuts the chuck roasts and other cuts. That is why it’s rather inexpensive, but versatile.

What can you use for stew meat?

Anything cut into small cubes really. If you have a steak or chuck roast that needs to be used, then that’s fine. Bottom eye roast, rump roast, top round, the list goes on and on as to what can be substituted.

You can even cook from solid! We share how in our Instant Pot frozen stew meat post here. Surprisingly comes out so tender and delicious. This is how ours is packaged. In the store it will be wrapped in plastic wrap on a tray.

If you really like it (like we do) and find it on sale, it freezes well too so you can batch cook with it later on.

stew meat

When we buy our half of a cow at the beginning of each year it is packaged in white paper though like this. Luckily it is labeled so I can pull one out and make any of these, from beef stew recipe without wine, to casseroles and more.

Quick Stew Meat Recipes

Our beef stew casserole recipe can use ground beef or beef stew meat in it. Your choice, either one is fabulous. With pasta and vegetables inside, every scoop is a complete meal.

You can add different tweaks on an old fashioned stew like our Puerto Rican Beef stew recipe here. It is a great way to try flavors from other countries right at home.

Want to throw all of this in and have it come out FULL of flavor in just about 20 minutes. For real. I mean you can add stew meat to just about any of our Instant Pot beef recipes we have here on The Typical Mom blog too.

What to make with stew meat besides stew

Don’t want to use your oven? Try our Instant Pot beef stew casserole with rice instead! This is lighter without a sauce at all really which means a healthier choice but still FULL of flavor. Add carrots, green beans or mixed frozen vegetables for an easy one pot meal.

what to make with stew meat besides stew

It is a super versatile type of protein really. Made fresh or with leftovers like we do with our cabbage stew it brings a lot of flavor and protein to any dish.

How long do you cook stew meat?

It depends on what method of cooking you use. On the stovetop, covered on a low and slow boil it will take a minimum of 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. For something like slow cooker Brunswick stew it stays in there all day.

Does stew meat get more tender the longer you cook it?

Usually when it comes to beef the answer is the opposite. Steak in the Instant Pot or air fryer steak bites need only minutes. More than that and it will become tough.

Stew beef however needs a LONG time to get perfectly fork tender. That’s why it is so good when you slow cook it in beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder in the least. You can find this form with other animals too though. Venison Stew can be made with deer meat instead of beef, and a deeper flavor.

Browning it at the beginning will make it even better though. Searing the outsides will maintain the moisture and add texture to the outside too. Same goes for bear meat. You could use any of these instructions with this type of protein cut into large bite size pieces. A more gamey flavor but cooks similarly.

beef stew recipe

Beef Stew Meat Recipes

The key to cooking the best stew meat is the sauce surrounding it. You can marinate it beforehand as well if you wish. Add 1/2 cup of water with lemon, pepper and a bit of vinegar for a simple soak. Use soy sauce or even teriyaki sauce.

If you want a traditional stew made quickly, try our Ninja Foodi stew. You can use any pressure cooker brand, but this is what we have with really thick gravy, and really easy to throw together.

slow cooker beef tips

Recipes Using Stew Meat

This is SO good that we had to make it a few other ways too. For a quick meal you can make this same dish in just minutes though. Follow our Instant Pot beef tips recipe for those instructions.

Love everything about Julia Child? Make our Easy Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon recipe some time. With some red wine in the pot (and some in a glass), you will love it.

Want to cook it outside on your smoker or grill? Follow our smoked stew recipe and skip the oven that may heat up your house. Our Instant Pot beef pot pie soup is a fun twist on an old favorite too.

instant pot beef pot pie soup

Boneless Beef Stew Meat Recipes

If you want to make a quick beef recipe you can really substitute any cut. Want to make beef and broccoli, use what you have on hand.

Beef and noodles Instant Pot style is pretty versatile and a total bowl full of comfort food too. If you are just still hooked on low and slow though and don’t want to buy a new machine, try Crockpot Brunswick stew that is like old fashioned yum.

  • Want really easy peasy? Season with salt and pepper and brown. Whisk together a packet of dry gravy mix and broth and pour enough in so each piece is submerged. Cook low and slow until fork tender.

And round this out with our beef barley soup in Crockpot. Have another favorite you want to share? We’d love to hear and try it in our house some night!

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Stew Meat Recipes

Lots of easy stew meat recipes are here. How to cook this diced bite size beef so it is tender and delicious with a rich gravy. What to make with stew meat besides stew.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, beef stew meat, stew meat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Servings 6
Calories 35kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put all ingredients into the Crockpot and stir. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or until meat is fork tender. Serve over mashed potatoes.


Nutrition Facts
Stew Meat Recipes
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 983mg43%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipes Using Beef Stew Meat
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Saturday 20th of January 2024

I’m making this for dinner tomorrow!!


Monday 15th of January 2024

I love the Instant Pot recipe! I never remember to thaw meat so it's perfect!


Monday 15th of January 2024

So many tasty ways to prepare stew meat. Thanks for the ideas.

dina and bruce

Monday 15th of January 2024

That Dutch oven stew was so good! Having leftovers for lunch!


Monday 15th of January 2024

Yes, I love slow cooked recipes! This looks so tender.

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