Rather Simple Spicy Beef Stew Recipe

To my firstborn, a future restaurateur and chef:

Rather Simple Spicy Beef Stew Recipe
Rather Simple Spicy Beef Stew Recipe

Serves 4

  • 1.5-2 lb beef 1″ cubes
  • 15 baby carrots or two big carrots pealed and cut
  • 1 large onion wedged 1″ pieces
  • 3 medium potatoes, pealed, 1″ cubes.
  • 1 celery stock, chopped 1/4″ pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-2 hot peppers finely chopped (Jalapeno, Thai green or any other to your likings and taste)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Optional 1 cup red wine (Port or any other).
  • Optional two strips of bacon cut to 1/2″ chunks and fried for one minute between step 2 and 3.


  1. In a ziplock or any strong bag place flower, salt, black pepper, paprika and sugar, shake, add meat, shake well to evenly cover meat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a big enough pot over high flame.
  3. Add hot pepper and garlic, stir for one minute.
  4. Add meat (keep the leftover flower and spices mix for later). Stir a few times a minute until meat start getting brown and crisp on the outside.
  5. Add potatoes, stir for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add onion, celery and carrots, stir for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the flower and spices mix that was left.
  8. Add the wine and add water to cover, then add two more cups water. Gently stir.
  9. Bring to a boil, lower flame to medium-low, cover, cook for 1-2 hours.

If the sauce doesn’t look thick enough after an hour or so, continue cooking uncover for half an hour.

* Can be garnished with chopped parsley.

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