“This is my updated, documented version of my grandma's delicious beef stew - care packages of it kept me going through cold Ottawa winters in university and always was a source of comfort. Now I'm attempting to return the favour! It really is a "throw in whatever you have" recipe, so have fun with it.”
4 quarts

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cube the steak and season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large, heavy pot (I used enameled cast iron).
  3. Add the steak and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining olive oil and bring back to temperature, then add the onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms and peppers.
  5. Cook, stirring, for about 15 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  6. Add the cauliflower, beans, garlic, fresh tomatoes, corn and potatoes and stir inches.
  7. Pour in the diced tomatoes and broth and stir in the salt, cocoa, allspice, cumin, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire, soy sauce, ketchup and tomato paste.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and add back the beef.
  9. Partially cover and cook, stirring every hour or so, for 3 hours.
  10. Cover the pot completely and cook, stirring every hour or so, for 3 hours.
  11. Stir in the peas and Veloutine, bring back to a boil and cook until thickened.
  12. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

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