My Signature Beef Stew


Today is a cold snowy day so nothing beats a nice hot bowl of beef stew.  I have tried different spices and things over the years in beef stew.  This is the recipe I now stick to when making beef stew.  It is so good your tongue will slap the brain clean out of your head, Cheers !!!


3 lb beef chuck cut into cubes
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 onions wedged
3 carrots cut into small chunks
3 potatoes cut into small chunks
1 small bag of frozen peas
3 stalks of celery cut into small pieces
2 14 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 40 oz bottle of beer of choice
1 12 oz bottle of spicy V8 juice
6 tablespoons of salt
3 tablespoons of pepper
2 tablespoons of ground thyme
2 tablespoons of paprika
2 turkish bay leaves
multiple dashes of hot sauce (optional)
Place beef and flour in freezer bag and shake real good.   In large soup pot heat up the vegetable oil.  Brown the meat and flour.  After meat is brown add beer, V8 juice, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, paprika, bay leaves and crushed tomatoes.  Simmer meat until tender approximately 45 minutes.   Add the remaining vegetables except the frozen peas and simmer  until the vegetables an3 soft and done.  It may be necessary to add some additional beer or water to thin it out a little.  Add the frozen bag of peas approximately 5 minutes before serving.  I then after fixing my bowl add the hot sauce.  Cheers !!!

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