This is the best beef stew I’ve ever tasted. My husband ate 4 bowls the first time I made it and my 9-month-old ate two bowls mashed up! I like to brown my beef for stew, and I hate to dirty both a pot and the slow cooker, so I prefer to cook the stew exclusively on the stove.
- 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 onion, chopped
- 8 cups beef broth, divided
- 6 cups sliced carrots
- 6 cups diced potatoes
- 3 cups chopped celery
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine beef stew meat and flour in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag and shake to coat beef.
- Melt butter with olive oil in a large pot over high heat; add beef and season with seasoned salt. Cook and stir beef until seared on all sides 5 to 7 minutes. Stir onion into the beef; cook and stir until the onion is browned, about 5 minutes more.
- Pour enough of the beef broth into the pot to cover the bottom; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add remainder of the beef broth; bring to a simmer before adding carrots, potatoes, celery, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, basil, paprika, and garlic powder.
- Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook stew at a simmer until the meat and vegetables are very tender, 3 to 4 hours.