Smoky beef stew

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs


Makes 6-8
Enjoy this simple stew for dinner, then pack into boxes to keep you going for lunches

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal341
  • fat12g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.92g
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  • 1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks
  • 2 onion, chopped



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  • 800g (2 cans) chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp each sweet paprika, ground cumin and mild chilli powder



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed and drained


  1. Heat oven to 160C/ 140C fan/gas 3. Mix the beef, onions, tomatoes, spices, vinegar and sugar in a casserole dish. Cover and bake for 2½ hrs. Stir in the beans and bake for 30 mins more (with the lid off if the casserole is a little wet or lid on if good consistency), until the beef is tender.

  2. Cool, then freeze in 6-8 portions in small food bags or plastic containers. Defrost in microwave or overnight in fridge, then heat in the morning and transfer to a thermos container, or heat in the microwave at lunchtime.

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Comments (19)

donnalovescheese's picture

So boring. Followed exactly and it was edible but dull

kathy535's picture

This was very easy but rather unexciting. I used slightly less meat (820g) but we only got 5 portions of this. Served with the lime pickled onions, sour cream and rice.

feebee23's picture

Yum yum yum !! The smokey flavour is fab highly recommend this one.

jessicarichardson's picture

We picked this because it sounded easy to make and reasonably healthy. We weren't disappointed. It was remarkably easy and produced a very tasty stew. We found it best eaten with couscous and feta. More veg would have given it 5stars.

whats4t's picture

Also notice that although the above recipe is called "smoky beef stew" the ingredients ask for sweet paprika, surely it should be smoked paprika? None of the other ingredients will give the dish a smoky flavour.

whats4t's picture

I never can understand recipes for beef stews etc. that call for tins of tomatoes going in, as they are overpowering and would dominate the finished dish, personally I wouldn`t use them in a straight forward stew or casserole but keep them for chillis and curries.

keri1983's picture

Hubby thought this was ok,but myself and my kids thought it was horrible:(

meltingsaucepans's picture

Perhaps my spicing was a tad generous.... but I didn't think so at the time - but this was SPICY; and I like my chilli.

I'd added some flour to try and thicken the sauce and also added a rich beef stock cube to take away the tangy tinned tomato taste that seemed destined to drag on.

Then having tasted it a good hour later, in order to cater to my delicate ;-) palette (erhem) IN went a good blob of sour cream to try and even it out.

I'd say average because I'm not certain that I did screw up on the spicing and I had to add to and adapt the recipe to make it palatable....

sophiegray59's picture

Really tasty and easy to prepare, the meat was so tender. It's nice to have dinner cooking away whilst you're busy doing other things! Didn't put the feta on as we forgot and we felt it was missing an extra oomph, so maybe this will help. Delicious!!

missis's picture

Really enjoyed this but unfortunatey hubby didn't. Very strong flavour but delicious.

lizleicester's picture

Good beef casserole.

bwatkinson's picture

It was ok, nothing special but was nice in a wrap.

lizleicester's picture

Am trying this out in the slow cooker so will rate it when it has slowly brewed overnight!

eleanormayo's picture

Delish - I added feta as recommended and served with cous cous and green beans.

paultnc's picture

Try to fix your website so that it does not leave duplicate comments !

kecsilsby's picture

this Stew was Lush, I added some shallots and it made it really tasty.

rhianthomas1984's picture

This was one of the nicest stews I’ve ever made. It was so easy and cheap to make, yet packed with lovely flavours. I served it with creamy mashed potato and some steamed veg. Can’t wait to make again!

alissa_lea's picture

Lovely and really tasty - so easy as well!

cinder's picture

Have made this twice now and its sure to become a staple favourite over winter. I use with potaoes to pad out for lunches as well as dinners served with feta cheese.

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