Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Beef Stew with Mushrooms

I don’t remember my mom cooking beef stew when I was growing up.  The closest thing that I can remember eating was mechado, which is similar, but uses tomato sauce.  It was when we moved to Canada that I started  cooking beef stew and have been cooking it ever since.  This recipe is our family’s favorite because of the addition of mushrooms.

For this recipe, I use a dutch oven to slowly cook the  beef. Its tight-fitting lid  helps to keep all juices and is perfect for cooking  adobos  and stews.  It also lessens the cooking time and the meat is so tender.

Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or water
  • 1 1/2 cups water or more as needed
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 lb medium sized white mushroom, sliced
  • Salt or liquid seasoning to taste

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and then coat with flour. In a dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat, brown beef in batches. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add more oil to pan if needed, cook carrots, garlic, and onion, stirring often for 3 minutes until onion is soft.
  3. Return beef to pan. Add water, bouillon, bay leaves, thyme and wine, if using. Bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up brown bits.
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is tender. Stir occasionally and add more water as needed.
  5. Add potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and simmer for another 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Adjust seasoning by adding salt or liquid seasoning. Serve with steamed rice , bread or eat by itself. Enjoy!!!
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