Beef stew

Beef stew served in a bowl as seen from above

A classic, hearty beef stew

Serves 4, takes up to 90 mins


  • 750g potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small swede or ½ a larger one, peeled
  • 1 onion
  • ½ a leek, washed
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 400g stewing steak/diced beef
  • 1.5 litres water
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil or butter
Beef stew ingredients arranged on kitchen surface

Here’s a downloadable PDF recipe card for printing.


1. Chop the leek, carrot, potatoes, swede, and onion.

2. Heat some oil or butter in a large pot on a high heat. In small batches, fry the meat for a couple of minutes until brown. Set aside each batch until you’re done, then reduce to medium heat.

Potatoes being chopped on a board next to chopped carrot and leek

3. Add all of the meat back into the pan and add the onion, frying it all for few more minutes.

4. Add the water to the pot (quicker if it’s boiled in the kettle in advance) and add the stock cubes. Bring to the boil before reducing the heat and letting it simmer for half an hour.

Beef and onions being fried together
Water being poured into the pot

5. After half an hour, add the rest of the veg to the pot. Stir together and add some salt and simmer until the veg is tender. Season to your taste, then serve.

Beef stew simmering with everything in the pot
Beef stew being served in a bowl with a ladle