Food Network's The Pioneer Woman always knows best when it comes to comfort food. Her hearty beef stew is full of flavor and is just the thing for a chilly winter evening or a tired weeknight. Even if you didn't just spend the day feeding horses in the snow like Ree might've, it's hard to turn down a warm bowl of stew with a piece of crusty bread. The Pioneer Woman beef stew recipe is ideal for a wintertime comfort.
Ree Drummond has always known how to hit the spot between simple and delicious, proving by example that you can have a delectable meal without becoming a slave to the kitchen. Her beef stew recipe is the embodiment of this skill. Although the cook time is 2 and a half hours, the stew will be simmering on low heat for about 2 of those hours, allowing you to go about your evening as your meal cooks.
The Pioneer Woman's Hearty Beef Stew
To make her tasty beef stew, Ree combines beef stew meat with beef stock and root vegetables like a diced medium onion, carrots, and potatoes. For flavoring, she uses Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, paprika, Kosher salt, black pepper, and a few cloves garlic. Fresh parsley is an optional addition for extra flavor.
You can also add your own spin to the recipe with an extra tablespoon tomato paste, turnips, parsnips, a bit of red wine, or bay leaves. The stock can also be substituted for beef broth. For a thicker stew, add in a bit of all-purpose flour.
To make the Pioneer Woman beef stew recipe even easier, use an instant pot or crock pot. Crockpot beef stew is a great option to prepare as you go about your evening, since it cooks on its own with no supervision.
To make the best beef stew, the Pioneer Woman starts by heating a tablespoon butter and three tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat. She browns the meat in multiple batches, and then adds in the rest of the ingredients to simmer until the stew is thick and flavorful. Garnish with minced parsley and serve with crusty bread for dipping!
Get the recipe here.