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    The 30 BEST Stew Meat Recipes

    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
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    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.

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    2. Birria

    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.

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    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.

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    4. 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!

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    5. 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.

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    6. 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.

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    7. The BEST Chuck Roast Recipe

    This beef Chuck Roast Recipe is the ideal meal for a special occasion, family get together, or a hearty Sunday dinner. 

    Melt in your mouth tender meat, along with carrots, potatoes and onions, braise low and slow in a perfectly seasoned wine infused broth.

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    8. 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.

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    9. 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.

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    10. Sancocho

    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.

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    11. 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

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    12. 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!

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    13. Maafe

    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.

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    14. Filipino Beef Caldereta

    We are introducing comfort food at the heart of Filipino cuisine with this Beef Caldereta (or Beef Kaldereta)!! This robust and savory stew is a beloved classic, known for its rich layers of flavor and comforting warmth.

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    15. 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!

    Get the Recipe @ lecremedelacrumb

    16. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ gooddinnermom

    17. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    18. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ thechunkychef

    19. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    20. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ bakeatmidnight

    21. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    22. 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…

    Get the Recipe @ vikalink

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ krumpli

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ thefoodcharlatan

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ thegreekfoodie

    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!

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ themom100

    What a great variety of stew meat recipes. Any one of them can be the definition of comfort food.

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    30 BEST Stew Meat Recipes

    These easy Stew Meat Recipes has plenty of different methods and flavorings, but all result in melt in your mouth tender meat!


    • beef stew meat
    • potatoes
    • veggies
    • stock
    • flour
    • seasonings


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