Tons of quick recipes using beef stew meat are here to choose from! How to make the best, tender meals using these inexpensive cuts.
There are so many amazing recipes using 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. (originally published 1/21, 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!
We will start out with this easy dutch oven stew. Packing it with potatoes, carrots and other veggies it’s a complete meal you can even make while camping.
Recipes using Stew Meat
I know, super thick gravy is key with this one. Add all the seasonings you love or use 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:
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.
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.
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.
- Don’t want to use your oven? Try our Instant Pot beef stew casserole with rice instead!
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.
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.
The key to cooking the best stew meat is the sauce surrounding it. You can marinate it beforehand as well if you wish.
Beef Stew Meat Recipes
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.
- If you have more time, this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe will make your mouth water too.
- Beef stroganoff casserole is something you can pop into the oven and try some night with egg noodles.
Then for some really thick gravy, but easy to throw together, make our Crock pot beef tips over mashed potatoes. I mean you can eat it as is without a side dish too but this is our go to choice.
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.
- Instant Pot beef stroganoff is one of the first meals we made in our multi cooker on high heat. Crockpot stroganoff is always a hit too.
- Instead of ground beef you could dice your beef into smaller pieces and make our Korean beef.
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.
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
- 2 lbs beef stew meat
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- 3 c beef broth
- 1 onion sliced
- salt and pepper to taste at the end
- 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.