Beef Stew with Peas – A Hearty Recipe

Beef stew is a classic recipe that is especially nice on a cold winter night. We’ve prepared the recipe using the old-fashioned dutch oven, but you can also use a slow cooker or a pan to brown the meat and a large stockpot for cooking. Additional spices can be added as listed in the Cooking Tips.

Beef Stew with Peas
Beef stew is a classic hearty meal.

Time to Prepare:

4.5 hours; 30 minutes prep & 4 hours to cook


  • 3 Pounds Stew Meat
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Quarts Water (12 cups)
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1/2 Turnip
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 16 Ounces Peas


  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven
  2. In a shallow dish, mix salt, pepper & flour. Coat the beef with the flour mixture
  3. Sear meat in a dutch oven until it’s evenly browned
  4. Add water and cover. Simmer for about four to five hours
  5. Cut the vegetables in 1-inch pieces while the meat is cooking
  6. About halfway through at the 2-3 hour mark, skim fat from the top of the stew.
  7. Add all vegetables except the peas. Peas should be added at the last 1/2 hour.
  8. Simmer until vegetables and meat are tender.

Cooking Tips

  • Fresh or frozen peas can be used. Add frozen peas about 10 minutes earlier.
  • Choose a cut of meat that has good marbling. Chuck or bottom round are both good choices for making stew.
  • You can substitute an extra carrot in place of the turnip if not found locally.
  • Additional spices can be added if desired.
    • 2 bay leaves. Bay leaves are an excellent herb to add to stews, they bring out a unique earthiness that is especially nice. Remove the leaves prior to serving.
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh
    • 2 cloves minced garlic. Add to oil and brown just prior to adding meat.

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