Classic Beef Stew

Here’s a good Classic Beef Stew with rich beef gravy that lets all of the flavors come through. This is the perfect hearty dish for a blustery winter day.


  • 2 lbs Stew Beef – cut into 1” cubes
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or one fresh clove garlic minced)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion – chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp raw sugar
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp tumeric
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 4 large carrots – quartered and cut into small pie shaped pieces
  • 3 celery stalks – halved and cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix


  1. Brown meat in the olive oil in a skillet on the stove top over medium high heat (2-3 minutes). Place into crock pot
  2. Add the 2 cups of water water and all ingredients to the crock pot. Cook in crock pot on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. 45 minutes before serving, in a small bowl mix ¼ cup of cold water and 2 tbs of corn starch together and mix until corn starch is dissolved. Once dissolved, add to the crock pot. Add the packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix as well.

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