Easy to Make Ahead - Beef Stew Easy to Make Ahead - Beef Stew by Loretta Oliver

This quick and easy beef stew is so simple to throw together and has become a staple recipe for our family. I love that it only take a few fresh ingredients and very little prep time to come out with a great tasting dinner. Comfort food, no hassle, and a toasty stew for dinner. What more could a girl want?

The Ingredient List:

1.5 lb. stewing beef
1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin
3 Tbsp. cooking oil
1 1/2 C. water
2 onions, sliced and separated
3 potatoes, cubed
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced

** A note about the beef - you can buy anywhere from 1 pound to 2 pounds depending on how "beefy" you want things to be. I find that for us around 1.5 pounds is a good measure. Also, it does not have to be the pre-cut stew meat package. I honestly just buy whatever is on sale that day. If it needs cutting up, no big deal. Get what's fresh and looks the best at the time.

Cut meat into bite-sized pieces if you need to.

Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl or bag. Put pieces of meat in bag or bowl, a handful at a time, and shake or toss to coat. Reserve flour.

Brown meat in oil on all sides. Add water, cover, and cook over low heat until tender, generally about 2 hours. Add vegetables to pan and continue cooking until vegetables are tender, about another 30 minutes. If desired, thicken with reserved flour or a bit of cornstarch.

Serve with your favorite side salad, some flaky biscuits or a nice crusty bread for a complete and delicious meal.

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