Stew meat… bite sized chunks of beef that start out tough, but become melt on your mouth tender after hours of braising or stewing.
This collection of easy Stew Meat Recipes will give you so many varied flavors and techniques for cooking this budget friendly meat. These Stew Meat Ideas covers different types of stews from all over the world.
Though you can buy pre-packaged stew meat in any grocery store, it’s also easy to cut your own at home. Simply cut it into even-sized bites.
What Are the Best Cuts for Stew Meat?
The best cuts of stew meat are lean, with lots of collagen-rich connective tissues that melt down during slow cooking. Our top picks:
- Chuck – The absolute best choice!
- Round – A good, budget friendly choice. If you have the option, choose bottom round over top.
- Oxtail – If you don’t mind deboning, it braises beautifully.
- Brisket – Budget friendly, but will not turn out as tender as the other listed cuts
The Best Stew Meat Recipes:
1. Guinness Beef Stew
Starting our list of stew meat recipes… Who doesn’t like a nice steaming pot of stew?
These rich savory flavors are created from robust Guinness stout mixed with fresh herbs and the usual humble veggies. This is the ultimate comfort food.
Birria is a traditional Mexican dish that has gotten very popular in the states lately.
Serve it in its most traditional way as stew with some tortillas, with Mexican rice, or use the same recipe to make the famous birria tacos.
3. Birria Tacos
These are EPIC tacos… Birria Tacos!!! This birria taco recipe is made with tender and flavorful birria beef, which is loaded into broth-dipped corn tortillas with cheese, fried until crispy, then dunked in birria broth or consommé for a delicious finish.
Hmmm… these dunking tacos. I bet once you try them, you will come back to these again and again.
4. Carne Guisada
Carne Guisada is a Latin beef stew oozing with lots of flavors from herbs and spices. Every bite of this tender and juicy beef is an explosion of savory flavors and delectable goodness.
The thick and rich sauce dripping over warm rice is gorgeous.
5. Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef & Vegetable Soup)
Let me introduce the classic Caldo cooked in many Latin countries… Caldo de Res, AKA Beef & Vegetable Soup.
A big pot of Caldo is so much more than a soup. A good Caldo is a warm family moment, a room filled with laughter.
6. Ultimate Chili
It’s big. It’s bold. It’s… ultimate. This chili is jam packed with everything. You better have a big appetite, and a big couch to plop down on after a heaping serving of this chili.
Serve it with cornbread for a great family dinner.
7. Beef Tagine (Moroccan Beef Stew)
Brimming with sweet and savory flavors, Beef Tagine is super fragrant as soon as you start making it.
Thanks to all the earthy exotic spices like coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, this stew takes on some amazing flavors from the exotic land called Morocco.
This Latin beef stew recipe is a hearty soup with chunks of tender beef, root vegetables, and more!
Don’t worry if you miss one or two vegetables, we promise it would still taste awesome in their absence.
9. Carbonnade Flamande
It’s time to introduce Carbonnade Flamande to your friends and family.
Make a big pot of this rustic, rich, thick, and velvety Flemish beef stew and serve it Belgian style, over everyone’s favorite French fries. Trust us, it will hit all the right Stew Spots
10. Japanese Beef Curry
Japanese curry is nothing like other curries you have seen or imagined. It’s more like a cross between stew and curry.
It’s a thick, rich, velvety and glossy concoction that’s sweet, savory and umami in nature. One of our favorite stew meat recipes!
This West African peanut stew, Maafe (or Mafe), is loaded with rich savory flavors.
Though you can use any meat of your choice, stew meat is perfect in this spiced peanut butter and tomato based sauce.
12. Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is a classic comfort food that has been enjoyed for generations. But have you tried cooking it in a crock pot?
The results are melt in your mouth tender meat in an amazing sauce. So good!
13. Beef Pot Pie
Everybody loves comfort food, and this beef pot pie is the perfect definition of comfort food. The beef is super tender and deeply flavored, and the meat is sure to melt right in your mouth.
It’s also filled with vegetables that complement the beef flavors wonderfully, to complete the pot pie.
14. Beef Bourguignon (Julia Child Recipe)
Beef Bourguignon is a savory French classic. Tender chunks of beef, veggies and potatoes braised in a wine infused broth. So good.
Foods like these are meant for one happy meal time.
15. Crockpot Beef Barley Soup
Incredibly tender beef and vegetables with perfectly textured barley. That’s what this beef barley soup is all about.
The meat is cooked slow and low and melts in your mouth.
16. Beef Rendang
Beef rendang is a spicy, rich and creamy Malaysian/Indonesian beef stew made with beef, spices and coconut milk.
Considered by many the king of all curries, it’s a must try for curry lovers like me.
17. Beef Casserole
This beef casserole is a big hit. It has a gravy made with white wine, mushrooms, horseradish sauce, cream, and other great flavor enhancers.
Make a big pot, you’ll want leftovers.
18. Hungarian Goulash
Hungarian Goulash is a hearty stew with chunks of stew meat, potatoes and a rich Hungarian paprika flavored tomato sauce, cooked low and slow until tender. YUM!
19. Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew
You will love this spicy beef stew, ready much faster with the help with your newest gadget in the kitchen, your favorite instant pot.
Same good old flavors are so much easier to make. Perfect for some cold chilly nights.
20. Slow Cooker Italian Beef Stew
Crock pot is a great way to cook the stew slow and low.
This stew has an Italian twist. Beef along with veggies, beans and artichokes in a tomato wine based gravy. So Yumm…
21. Thai Beef Curry
Thai beef curry features a great combination of flavors: coconut milk, aromatics, red chili paste, fish sauce, and hearty beef.
After braising for a while, the meat becomes melt in your mouth tender. So good.
22. Beef Stroganoff Pot Pies
They’re comforting, they’re warming they’re beef stroganoff pot pies! They’re super easy to make, and they can be made in a slow cooker.
The beef is mixed inside the pie with a creamy sauce that brings the whole thing together.
23. Beef Bhuna
Here’s a famous curry house favorite from Britain. Beef bhuna is a delicious, spicy, thick sauced beef slow cooked in a tomato based gravy.
Imagine it atop some cashew rice or with fresh crispy naan… yum.
24. Irish Stew
This classic Irish stew never disappoints anyone. Tender meat, carrots, and potatoes simmered slow and low in perfectly seasoned beer broth and you end up with one delicious pot.
This stew is a MUST for chilly winter nights.
25. Slow Cooker Beef Curry
Do you want a flavorful meal that you can simply pop in the crock for a few hours? Here is a beef curry recipe that is simply divine!
Served with naan or rice, this is a perfect recipe if you’re looking for a delicious curry meal that you can prepare at the beginning of your day and have ready by dinnertime!
26. Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup
Curl up with this hearty, cozy comfort in a bowl. This delicious beef soup with tons of veggies is all you need at the end of the day.
Only one thing can make this happen with the least of efforts from you… yes, only your beloved crockpot.
27. Persian Inspired Beef and Herb Stew
This beautiful Persian Inspired Beef and Herb Stew has become one of our favorite stew meat recipes.
It has tomatoes, white beans, spinach and tons of fresh herbs. When you want a totally new type of beef stew, this is one to try.
28. Stifado – Greek Red Wine Beef Stew
Greek Beef Stifado is a beautifully flavored stew where beef simmers in wine low and slow until it is melt in your mouth tender. If you need s great new stew recipe, this is it!
29. Asian Beef Stew
If you want a new and unique stew meat recipe, here it is. It has all the flavors you would expect in an Asian dish, but in stew form. How cool!
30. Slow Cooker Barbecue Beer Beef Stew
We’re wrapping up our list with this amazing Slow Cooker Barbecue Beer Beef Stew. It’s a super cozy and delicious recipe that definitely belongs in your rotation.
What a great variety of stew meat recipes. Any one of them can be the definition of comfort food.
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