Easy Beef Stew Recipe with Red Wine and Mushrooms

Easy Beef Stew Recipe with Red Wine and Mushrooms

This easy beef stew recipe with red wine and mushrooms is a delicious Sunday dinner idea that will leave your house smelling incredible and the bellies at the table full.

What to Serve with Beef Stew

There are many options as a side dish for beef stew. It can be served over polenta, alongside mashed potatoes, or with plain rice. This Ginger Rice Pilaf is also a delicious option. I used my Dutch oven to make this easy beef stew recipe, as it goes easily from the stove top to the oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven, a large soup pot that can be put in the oven (no plastic parts!) will do.

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How to Freeze Stew

What’s great about this stew is that it can be made 2-3 days in advance and preheated in a warm oven before serving. It also freezes beautifully. If freezing the stew, be sure to cool overnight in the refrigerator in its pot and then portion out into smaller containers before freezing. Always label the containers with the name and date! Leave the mushrooms out when freezing or making in advance, as they will taste best when freshly sauteed and added right before serving.

Easy Beef Stew Recipe with Red Wine and Mushrooms

A comforting fall and winter dish that makes the house smell incredible.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy beef stew recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 - 2 inch cubes (chuck, sirloin tip or cut of your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Méditerranée or Herbes de Provence (without lavender)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 anchovy fillets packed in olive oil*
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 pound mushrooms (button, cremini, or wild all work)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Toss beef stew meat in a bowl with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Peel garlic cloves. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium low heat. Add garlic and saute until soft and starting to brown. Remove to a large plate.
  • Turn heat up to medium and add just enough beef so it's in a single layer. Cook for several minutes on each side, until beef is browned. Do this in batches until all beef is browned. Remove to a plate with the garlic.
  • While beef is browning, peel and cut onion into thin slices, and scrub and cut carrots into 2-inch chunks.
  • When beef is browned and removed from the pot, turn the heat down to medium and add cut onion and carrots, Herbes de Méditerranée, tomato paste, and anchovies. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking and scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add red wine and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cook for 10--15 minutes until it's reduced to 1/2 cup or so.
  • Add broth, beef, and reserved garlic cloves. Bring to a boil and place in preheated oven for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, or until beef is very tender.
  • Beef stew may be served immediately, or refrigerated for 2-3 days. To rewarm, place in preheated 250 degrees F oven for one hour.
  • Just before serving, cut mushrooms in half or smaller pieces. Melt butter in a pan and saute mushrooms until golden brown. Add to beef stew just before serving.


*Optional but lends incredible flavor
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