Easy Stove Top Beef Stew with Red Wine

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Easy stove top beef stew with red wine is a hearty and flavorful winter soup you can make in a Dutch oven that will leave you warm and cozy on a cold day!

Stove top beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and red wine in three blue bowls 

So it’s only a few days since Thanksgiving, and you, like I, are probably still full of turkey. (“You’re always full of turkey,” my dad said. I guess I was asking for that one.)

But maybe you didn’t get to take home a giant tupperware of leftover turkey.

Or maybe you’ve already devoured your leftovers and now you need to make something else that will feed you for a couple of days.

Or maybe you’re tired of turkey sandwiches and dreaming of your next non-turkey meal. (For the record, I am still LOVING my turkey leftovers and will be sad when they finally run out. Thanks to my mom and sister, I got TWO Thanksgivings and double leftovers!)

Close up of stove top beef stew with red wine with sprig of thyme on top

Whatever the case may be, you’re going to want to add this easy stove top beef stew with red wine to your menu pretty soon, because it’s cold outside and it will warm you right up! 

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There’s nothing like fall-apart beef that you can cut with a spoon to make you feel nice and toasty on a cold winter’s day. 

Plus, your house will smell amazing. 

It’s fairly hands-off. I just shook some stew beef chunks in a bag of seasoned flour and browned it in a Dutch oven, then added beef stock, wine, and herbs, and simmered the meat for about an hour and a half. Cooking the meat alone for a while allows more time for the meat to get tender and fall apart without turning your veggies into mush.

The red wine further tenderizes the meat and also adds an amazing flavor to your stew. I used a Cabernet Sauvignon to cook my beef in: it’s not my favorite to drink but boy does it make beef taste great!

This is, of course, what I’m writing as I’m drinking the last of the bottle. Hey, wine is wine!

Meat for stove top beef stew coated in flour in Dutch Oven

Besides the wine, I used a little Worcestershire sauce, a couple bay leaves, and a handful of fresh thyme from my herb garden to flavor the broth.

Close up of fresh thyme in open hand

After the beef simmers in the Dutch oven for an hour and a half or so, you add your potatoes, carrots, and onions and cook for another hour before finally adding some frozen peas. 

Spacing everything out like that helps make the meat ultra-tender, perfectly cook the root veggies, and keep the peas from getting mushy or gritty. 

Potatoes, carrots, and onions cut up on cutting board for stove top beef stew

Thicken it up with a slurry made from some of your extra seasoned flour, and that’s about it. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Stove top beef stew with red wine with sprig of thyme in blue bowl next to Dutch oven

This easy stove top beef stew was sooo nice to eat on a cold evening, and even nicer to have a bowl of the leftovers waiting for me for lunch the next couple of days.

That Cabernet Sauvignon really makes a huuuuge difference to the flavor. I’ll probably always make my beef stew with red wine from now on. With a glass of wine on the side. Toasty inside and out!

Close up side view of stove top beef stew with red wine in blue bowl with sprig of thyme


I hope you enjoy it! And happy Thanksgiving!

Beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and red wine in three blue bowls

Easy Stove Top Beef Stew with Red Wine

Easy stove top beef stew with red wine is a hearty and flavorful winter soup that will leave you warm and cozy on a cold day!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Caroline Lindsey


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2.5 lbs beef stew meat in chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 15-oz cans beef broth
  • 2 leaves bay
  • Several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup red wine like Cabernet Savignon
  • 4-5 Yukon gold potatoes diced in about 1 inch cubes
  • 4 carrots in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 medium yellow onions chopped in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • salt and pepper


  • In a gallon ziploc bag, combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add stew meat, close bag, and shake to coat.
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add meat chunks and brown on all sides. Set aside leftover seasoned flour.
  • Add broth, bay leaves, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, covered, for about 1.5 hours.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, and onions, and cook an additional hour.
  • Stir in peas.
  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp of the reserved seasoned flour with enough water to make a thin slurry. Whisk with a fork until smooth. Pour flour mixture into soup and stir to combine.
  • Cook for another 15 minutes or so or until peas are warm and broth is thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves before serving.

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  • Reply
    November 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Your beef stew looks just like my mother’s – that is a real compliment! Hers was the best. I love that you did a little e-cookbook – lovely gift for your readers!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      December 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much, David! And I’m glad you enjoyed the e-book!

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    Rachel R
    December 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve been craving something warm and filling with the dreary weather we’ve been having. This looks like it’d hit the spot!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      December 11, 2016 at 12:24 am

      I agree! It’s just the thing for a cold and dreary day!

  • Reply
    December 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I look forward to trying this! OK to substitute chicken stock instead of beef?

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      December 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Hi Annie, I personally would not substitute chicken stock for beef. I think it would dramatically change the flavor profile of the stew. Chicken stock is much lighter and pairs better with white wines, while beef stock is heartier and pairs well with the red wine (and stew beef) in this recipe.

      That said, stewing the beef in chicken broth for the amount of time in the recipe may add some beefiness to the chicken stock that might help minimize the difference in flavor. But I would use beef broth if at all possible.

      If you do decide to try it with chicken stock, please let me know how it turns out!

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    August 28, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I am ready for this gorgeous stew. The red wine is a great idea and I will add a nice toasted slice of French bread. Yum

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      September 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Ooooh, you’re making me want a big bowl of this soon! Gotta get some French bread to go with it!

  • Reply
    March 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Made this tonight picky grandkids loved it!

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    March 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I am making this today !! Already have the beef cubes marinated!! Off to the store for some warm fresh baked French bread,more wine,and I may add some mushrooms to mine at the end! Yum! Thank you!!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      March 17, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Yum!! I bet it will taste great with mushrooms! Enjoy, sounds like a delicious dinner!

  • Reply
    April 16, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    If I don’t have fresh thyme, can I use dried? and how much would you recommend? I want to make this today.

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      April 16, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      Hi Laura! Sorry I’m just seeing this. You can absolutely use dried thyme! I’d probably put in about a half teaspoon or so of dried thyme and adjust to taste. It’s pretty flexible! The ratio of fresh to dried herbs is about 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs you would use.

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    October 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve made this stew twice. Was absolutely delicious! It’s going to be my go to beef stew recipe.

    I stuck pretty close to the recipe, except small changes to make it gluten free: gf flour and I skipped the Worcestershire Sauce.

    I used chicken bouillon the second time because I was out of beef; it still turned out good, but definitely not quite the same richness. Not a deal breaker, though, and I’d do it again if I had to. I definitely recommend using beef as the recipe says.

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      November 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      I’m so happy you like this beef stew! Thanks so much for your kind comments!

  • Reply
    November 10, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    3/4 of the way through making it now…. Smells Devine!! Broth, wine and the herbs……. Omg I think I’m drooling… Just dying to try it. I added Turnip and think I may add mushrooms at the end. Thank you for sharing!

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    Bridget Hines
    November 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    This was the best stew I’ve ever made and it was so simple!! I added mushrooms to mine, too. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      December 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      I bet it would be great with mushrooms added! I’m so glad you liked it!

  • Reply
    Jo Bazzle
    November 19, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I made this yesterday. Unfortunately I started it too late to have for dinner (hubby was “starving”). We tasted it at 9pm and it was delicious! We can’t wait to have this for lunch and dinner today! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      December 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I made this again recently and it’s such a cozy and flavorful meal!

  • Reply
    Czarina Z
    December 15, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Love it, love it, love it!
    Made it 3 times so far and will continue to.
    Great recipe. Thank you.

  • Reply
    March 16, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    When you add the vegetables and cook it for the additional hour, do you cover it? Thanks! Looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      March 30, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Yes, I would cover it until you stir in the peas! At that point I’d leave it uncovered so it can thicken.

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    Gail Dees
    April 8, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I have been cooking for 57 years and have never been a fan of beef stew. Made it for the guys but I never really liked it and seldom made it. I made this recipe and we all went crazy for it! Everyone declared it a keeper. I am particular about the meat and cut my own from a chuck roast. Awesome!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      April 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

      All right!! Glad to have made a beef stew convert out of you! I bet it’s even better with your chuck roast! And thank you for your review!

  • Reply
    May 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Just made this and WOW! It is amazing. The only seasonings I added were to the flour for the beef. The stew still has such an amazing flavor. LOVE THIS!!!

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    Sandra Ajamian
    May 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Could this be made in a slow cooker?

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      September 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      I don’t see why not! I would still brown the beef first, and you may have to play with the timing of things like adding peas and the flour slurry.

  • Reply
    October 13, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Going to try this recipe tomorrow…hoping it will turn out great like all the comments are proclaiming!…I’m super excited and abit fearful at the same time, as beef and I don’t have a good history!…lol…and just a quick question, do I use fresh bay leaves or dried?

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      October 18, 2019 at 9:16 am

      You should use dried bay leaves in the soup! Hope it came out well for you!

  • Reply
    Gillian DidierSerre
    October 31, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Great recipe for the stove top beef stew

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    November 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my! I must tell you I made this about a week ago, it was the best tasting and best smelling Beef Stew I have ever made in my 40 years of cooking! I used a shiraz that I had, it was wonderful. My hubby kept complimenting how great it is. Great job, great recipe, will definately keep this one for sure.

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      December 19, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment! I’m so glad you and your hubby loved this recipe!

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