Simple Beef Stew … made in the oven!

When it’s cold outside, I want hot food … comfort food … preferably in a bowl!

I also want the house to be warm and smell wonderful … because the oven has been on and dinner has been cooking for hours!

I love meals made in one pot … makes clean-up easier!

Fix-it and forget-it recipes are so convenient … gives me plenty of time to sit at the computer while dinner is cooking!

OK, I know that a beef stew recipe is strange coming for me … it’s not sweet, but it is simple!

This recipe was given to me probably 25 years ago from my friend June, who got it from her friend Carolyn, who got it from her sister-in-law Patty.ย  I have adapted it to fit my family’s needs … we still call it “Patty’s Stew” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Believe me … it’s hot, hearty, delicious and easy!ย  I usually make drop biscuits, too … the kind made from Bisquick (it’s what my family likes) … easy peasy … the way I like it ๐Ÿ˜‰

This may be difficult to believe … follow the directions, even though they may seem a little strange!ย  The first time I read the recipe, I was shocked!ย  I remember watching my grandma make stew … flouring the meat, browning the meat, thickening gravy … this recipe calls for none of that and it works!ย  It really is super simple ๐Ÿ˜‰

Simple Beef Stew

This is what you will need … beef stew meat, small red potatoes, onion, onion soup mix, carrots, celery and golden mushroom soup …


I love to use my pretty red cast iron dutch oven, but any type of dutch oven will work with this recipe!

Simple Beef Stew

In a large dutch oven (6-7 quart), layer the following in order:

  • 2 or 2-1/4 pounds raw beef stew meat
  • 8-10 small red potatoes, cut up (I don’t peel them)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (I like a sweet onion)
  • 1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut in chunks (sometimes I leave the skin on)
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 cansย golden mushroom soup

Place the cover on the dutch oven.ย  Bake at 350ยฐF for 3 hours. DO NOT ADD WATER.ย  DO NOT STIR UNTIL JUST BEFORE SERVING.ย ย The meat browns.ย  Juice from the vegetables and soups make a beautiful brown gravy. ย  Serves 6

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27 thoughts on “Simple Beef Stew … made in the oven!

  1. Awesome! Think I finally got a recipe here that my husband can put together……if he really wanted to that is. A cook he isn’t.
    This recipe will sure save time when I won’t have to brown the meat first and all them ‘before hand’ steps. Thanks for the recipe. :}
    Would this also work in a crockpot I wonder. I use my crockpots more then I use my oven actually.

    My favorite comfort food………nice Big shrimp ring or oven fried chicken with mac and cheese and cole slaw.


    • My hubby can only grill … so he says ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I have never tried this recipe in a crock pot. I have assembled it, put in the oven and used the delay start time feature ๐Ÿ™‚

      I never get complaints from my family with mac and cheese.


  2. I had a similar version of this recipe years ago and lost it. So glad I stumbled upon yours. Weather is perfect to make this tomorrow. House should smell amazing.


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