Smoky beef stew

Smoky beef stew

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(24 ratings)

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 onions, 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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13th Apr, 2020
Very easy, I doubled up on the spices after reading other comments
12th Apr, 2017
This was an easy recipe to follow and smelt delicious when it was cooking, but the taste was disappointing. Needs a lot more flavour, maybe a stock cube as a minimum and I'd double up on the smoked paprika too. Don't think I'll bother with it again though. (I did try to give this 2 stars but it won't let me edit)
19th Jan, 2014
So boring. Followed exactly and it was edible but dull
14th Apr, 2013
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.
20th Mar, 2013
Yum yum yum !! The smokey flavour is fab highly recommend this one.
3rd Feb, 2013
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.
13th Jan, 2013
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.
13th Jan, 2013
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.
29th Nov, 2012
Hubby thought this was ok,but myself and my kids thought it was horrible:(
11th Sep, 2012
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....


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