This gluten-free beef stew provides all of the comfort food coziness without any gluten. Packed with vegetables and super savory, it's a crowd-pleaser!
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About This Beef Stew Recipe
Beef stew is a classic year-round - always tasty, easy to customize, and packed with rich flavor. Dylan's grandmother showed me how she makes beef stew years ago while we were in Vermont, and it's become one of my favorite comfort foods. Since then, I've modified the recipe and added a few things here and there.
Should I Make This On the Stove? Or a Crockpot?
Beef stew can be made on the stovetop or in a crockpot. I typically make it over the stovetop in a dutch oven. The choice is up to you and what works for your cooking style, and there are tips in the Recipe card notes for how to make this in the crockpot. I'm not sure about the timing for a Instant Pot, as I don't actually own one! But here's a chart if you aren't sure about the timing.
Ingredients You Will Need
Beef chuck - make sure you use beef chuck, such as top round or London broil. Don't buy anything labeled "stew meat" - this is usually just a bunch of leftover pieces or scraps the butcher has lying around.
Beef broth (make sure it's gluten-free)
Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's gluten-free)
Potatoes (Optional - see recipe notes)
Spices & aromatics: bay leaves, salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika, allspice, rosemary, or thyme
Cornstarch or gluten-free flour, to thicken the sauce. I use cornstarch most often, but for thickening sauces, I prefer Cup4Cup or Bob's Red Mill 1:1.
How To Make Beef Stew
You will brown the meat first on the stovetop, then add the rest of your ingredients except the carrots/potatoes. The stew will thicken and simmer on the stovetop for a while so the beef becomes soft and the vegetables tender. I add the carrots & potatoes in the last 30 minutes so they don't get mushy. Finally, you'll use the cornstarch or gluten-free flour to thicken the gravy.
Tips For Beef Stew
Take your time!
The key with beef stew is to not rush it. Using beef chuck means that the meat will get really soft and fork-tender, but it will take time. Make sure you have a good 2 hours to devote to cooking beef stew if you are making it on the stovetop, and even more time if you are planning to make this in a crockpot.
Can I Make This Dairy-Free Too?
Yes! You just have to use a gluten and dairy-free flour blend to thicken the stew, or just use cornstarch. It's definitely easily made gluten AND dairy free!
What To Serve With Gluten-Free Beef Stew
Beef stew is so hearty and filling on it's own, I think you really only need something to dip into it. And this gluten-free garlic bread with Against The Grain baguettes is the PERFECT addition to the meal. Trust me!
Looking for more gluten-free soups and stews?
Try this gluten-free chicken noodle soup with a secret ingredient.
Enjoy lots of veggies in this no-meat vegetarian chili - made in the crockpot.
Get cozy with this hearty gluten and dairy free potato leek soup - so creamy!
Here's the full recipe for gluten-free beef stew!
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Gluten-Free Beef Stew Recipe
- 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 2 cups gluten-free beef broth
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 6 carrots, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ¼ cup water (see instructions)
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or gluten-free flour (see instructions)
- Optional: potatoes (see instructions)
- Mashed potatoes or rice, for serving (if desired)
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the beef and brown on all sides. Note: it does not need to be cooked through, just browned. Do this in batches, and remove browned pieces to a plate. Once all the meat has been browned, add all pieces back to the pot.
Add the sliced onion, garlic, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, salt, sugar, rosemary, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Stir to combine. Cover the pot and simmer (don't boil!) for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.
After 1 ½ hours, the meat should be somewhat tender. Remove the bay leaves and garlic clove. Add the sliced carrots and cook for another 30 minutes, to allow them to soften. (If you like, at this point, you can add cubed potatoes too). After 30 minutes, check the carrots and beef with a fork for tenderness. They should be fork-tender. If not, cook for another 5-10 minutes and check again.
Finally, mix the water and cornstarch or gluten-free flour together with a fork in a small bowl. Add to the stew and mix until thickened. If it does not thicken to a consistency you like, repeat with another 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or gluten-free flour mixed with ¼ cup of water. Stir in the frozen peas, and it's done!
Serve over mashed potatoes or rice, if desired.
The beef stew should be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
To make this recipe in the crockpot:
Brown the beef as stated in the recipe, then transfer to a crockpot and all remaining ingredients except the carrots, peas, and potatoes (if using). Cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours or on LOW for 8-10 hours. Add the carrots, and potatoes in the last 30 minutes of cooking on high, or the last hour if cooking on low. Thicken with cornstarch/flour as stated in the recipe above, and add frozen peas in the last few minutes of cooking.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 428Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 113mgSodium 696mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 42g
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