Dutch Oven Beef Stew Recipe

Super easy, hearty, and delicious dutch oven beef stew recipe that feeds a family with plenty of leftovers. Very basic ingredients and minimal prep.

dutch oven beef stew

One of the most challenging things about having your family home for the holidays, at least for me, is feeding them. I love having everyone here, and I so want to make delicious meals for them. In order to do that, and still keep my sanity, I make dishes that are relatively easy and feed an army. This oven roasted beef stew recipe is both of those things. 

I recently spent some time visiting my daughter-in-law’s parents, helping out with our grandchildren. The day I arrived, I walked in their home, and the most delicious aroma was coming out of the kitchen. Turns out there was beef stew slowly cooking in the oven. It was such a lovely way to be welcomed, and dinner that night was delicious. When I asked for the recipe, I was surprised to find out it revolved around McCormick’s Beef Stew seasoning mix!

beef stew ingredients

This is a one pot meal that’s super simple to put together. The seasoning mix adds just the right amount of flavor, and as it cooks, it makes a delicious broth. 

Dutch Oven Beef Stew Tips

  • This is the perfect meal for busy days, or when you have guests, and you want to get dinner prep out of the way early in the afternoon. At meal time, all that’s required is literally taking the beef stew out of the oven.
  • Any vegetables can be used depending on your family’s tastes, but don’t skip the onion.
  • If you like a stew with lots of broth, use less vegetables. If you like a nice, thick stew, use a total of 6 – 7 cups of veggies. 
  • I forgot to include the carrots in the image above, but I added them before the stew went in the oven!
  • I’m sure this can be made in a Crock-pot, but I have not tried it. My best guess is that it would need to cook on low for at least 8 hours. 

dutch oven beef stew recipe in blue pot

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dutch oven beef stew

Dutch Oven Beef Stew Recipe

Super easy, hearty, and delicious dutch oven beef stew recipe that feeds a family with plenty of leftovers. Very basic ingredients and minimal prep.
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5 from 2 votes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes


  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat or chuck roast (cut up)
  • 1 - 1.5 cups chopped celery
  • 1 - 1.5 cups chopped and peeled sweet potato
  • 1 - 1.5 cups mini carrots
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 1 medium onion cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 packet McCormick's Beef Stew Seasoning Packet


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Prepare the celery, sweet potato, carrots, potatoes, and onion.
  • Put vegetables in a 5.5 to 6 quart dutch oven.
  • If using a chuck roast, cut it in 1 inch cubes.
  • Place stew meat or chuck roast cubes in a large bowl.
  • Cover with 1/4 cup flour and toss until meat is completely covered.
  • Place meat over vegetables in dutch oven. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Mix together 3 cups water with the McCormick's packet, whisking until combined.
  • Pour water/packet mixture over meat and vegetables in dutch oven.
  • Cover dutch oven and bake at 300 degrees F for 4 hours.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before removing cover.
  • Mix together before serving.
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Like I mentioned above, the best thing about this oven roasted beef stew recipe, besides the taste, is that it fills your home with the most amazing aroma. This hearty and filling comfort food is perfect for feeding your family over the holidays…or any time!

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  1. Karen Capern says:

    5 stars
    I can’t thank you enough for posting this recipe!! My husband asks for this stew quite often and raves about it for days after I make it.
    I gave the recipe to my daughter and now her family are fans as well. They came over for dinner last night, my sil walked in and was ecstatic to realize what was for dinner just by the aroma. I made a loaf of bread in my bread maker and dinner was served! Easy peasy!
    LOVE your blog!

  2. Peggy Summitt says:

    I have made many beef stews and this was one of the few my husband said was really good as he was eating it…just so you know, he doesn’t comment often on food…and when I told him I was making it again tonight he was so happy! Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for always posting such great recipes, I have made several of them and never been disappointed. I also want to thank you for your decorating ideas – love that they’re quite simple and affordable. Love your blog.

  4. 5 stars
    I just put this beef stew in the oven. It is so easy and my husband loves it.
    I put leeks in today instead of onions. I hope it turns out as good as it usually does.

  5. The stew recipe looks wonderful and plan to use it in the next few days. Then on to more of your recipes–

  6. Thank you Ann for a wonderful year of decorating ideas, for our homes as well as recipes and many other ideas for for all of us to use and share. Your blog is absolutely wonderful and I like many others truly enjoy reading it and using your ideas in our own homes. Enjoy a very Merry Christmas and Blessings and Happiness in the New Year.

  7. I am really bad about commenting but I want to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and thank you for creating such a gentle, inspiring and beautiful blog.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Stacey…don’t ever feel obligated to comment. Just read and enjoy! Happy New Year, Ann

  8. Thanks for the recipe. Making it tonight as I have big part of my family arriving for Christmas. Plan to serve with cornbread and apple pie. Happy Holidays to you!

  9. I made a pot roast/stew last week; came home to find it uncooked in the crock pot; had blown the circuit breaker!?!? Put it in the dutch oven and still had it for supper; never cooked such a tough pot roast in my life! It looked a lot like your beautiful picture when done. I love having a busy day and coming home to find supper all ready and the house smelling good! And I’m retired! One time I made a tasty beef stew and my m-i-l asked me for the recipe! Recipe? Well, I could tell her roughly what I put in it!!! Today has been Christmas cooking/baking; I’m beat! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  10. We just got hit with a snow squall and icy weather in Pittsburgh, and this sounds delicious and warming. Perfect! Thank you. Have a wonderful holiday!

  11. This will be one of our dinners this weekend. Thank you so much for always sharing such wonderful recipes.

  12. Lucia Donahower says:

    Hi Ann
    Thank you for the Pot Roast recipe. It looks delicious and I will definitely try it.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

  13. Olivia Reese says:

    Thank you! This will make a great meal for Sunday dinner since its really cold. Merry Christmas

  14. Ann, did you find you had to add salt even with seasoning packet?
    I’m definitely making this for family next week.
    Thank you for your time and the effort put into your blog. Just made your weight loss soup yesterday for at least the hundredth time! 💗

  15. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Don’t even have to brown the meat first. How easy is that!