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Nov 12, 2016

Make Ahead Beef Stew

This Make Ahead Beef Stew is so rich and flavorful. The beef is browned and then simmered on the first day, and then refrigerated over night to more fully tenderize the meat. 

This Make Ahead Beef Stew is so rich and flavorful.

This make ahead beef stew is rich and flavorful. Instead of chuck roast, the beef is boneless short ribs, my new obsession because they are so "beefy." I don't know what took me so long to discover them, but now, every time I see them on a menu, I gravitate to them.

The meat is wonderful when slow cooked and then stuffed in tacos and enchiladas. In fact, when I first tried short rib tacos, the heavens opened up and angels began singing right there in the restaurant. My next quest is to try to duplicate those amazingly deliciousness tacos. It will be fun trying.

This Make Ahead Beef Stew is so rich and flavorful.

Short rib meat works wonderfully in this make ahead beef stew. It tenderizes pretty quickly, and doesn't require browning in batches. All of the meat is browned with the onions to develop a fond, which adds a lot of deep meaty flavor when the pan is deglazed. It also helps to develop the deep brown color of the sauce.

This is a wonderful dinner with rolls (such as these in the photo) and a salad, and the leftovers, if you have some, are pretty tasty too.

Make Ahead Beef Stew

Make Ahead Beef Stew


  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablepoons minced fresh parsely


  1. Place 3 cups of the broth in the refrigerator.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, combine the beef, onions, oil, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring regularly, until meat begins to brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme, and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the flour, tomato paste, and soy sauce, and stir for about a minute.
  4. Carefully add the wine, and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring and scraping up the fond from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add the 2 cups of broth that is not refrigerated, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Take the pot off the heat and let sit with the cover on it for 45 minutes. Add the refrigerated broth to the mixture. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.
  7. When ready to finish making the stew, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. Skim any hardened fat from the top of the cold meat mixture. Add the potatoes and carrots, and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring regularly.
  9. Cover and transfer the pot to the oven, and cook for 45 to 50 minutes.
  10. Remove the stew from the oven, stir in the peas, and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

This recipe was slightly adapted from The Make Ahead Cook, which I highly recommend. 

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  1. Karen, you didn't. Karen, tell me you didn't.

    You did not recommend yet another book I don't own, right?

    You did.... not?

    I feel tremendously weak. I need comfort

    1. Lol. I'll provide a safe space for you.... not!!!

  2. It's stew season in these here parts! Thanks for adding to the already-growing list of things to put in our bellies...

    1. I so wish stew season would finally arrive here! It's freaking November and it's still in the 80s. xoxo

  3. Hi Karen, oh I bet this stew is delicious, I hardly ever cook with short ribs, will have to change that straight away.

    1. Thanks Cheri. I just discovered them and now I'm hooked!

  4. Excellent instructions Karen! Very practical if you're having people over and very rich and flavorful. Short ribs are a bit fatty aren't they? It's the part on the bottom of the beef(belly), right? We're asking because we haven't tried those in such a way before, we're mostly using neck and chuck (or sometimes rump) when cooking in this manner. We're really looking fwd to trying this one out!
    Thanx for the yummy idea! xoxoxo

    1. Perfect for when company's coming. Short ribs are quite fatty, but that overnight rest will help you skim the solid fat off the top of the gravy/broth. They are my new favorite cut of beef.


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