Beef Stew with Red wine is a hearty stew full of tender fall apart beef, vegetables, beef broth and red wine. It’s the perfect cold weather comfort food!
When the weather starts turning cooler and the rains come, all I want to do is curl up in a blanket with a huge bowl of hearty beef stew. This Beef Stew with Red Wine is hands down the best beef stew recipe to have in your arsenal for cold fall and winter days.
For this beef stew recipe, you’ll be using chuck roast. Chuck roast is from the shoulder cut of the cow and will sometimes be labeled chuck roast, shoulder steak, boneless chuck roast or chuck shoulder pot roast. Chuck roast has a higher fat content but can be on the tougher side if cooked improperly.
To ensure that you have tender beef in your stew, cook it low and slow. This method will allow the connective tissue to melt as the meat braises. This will leave you with unbelievably tender, fall apart beef.
For this stew recipe I prefer to use cabernet or pinot noir but really any red wine will do. I just have one rule when it comes to cooking with wine, only cook with wine that you would drink out of the bottle. It needs to be something that you enjoy drinking because because when you cook with wine, you concentrate the flavor.
You won’t use the whole bottle of wine in this recipe, drink the rest with dinner or sip on it while you’re cooking.
I have a few tips for thickening beef stew that work for me every time.
Tip #1: Dredge the beef in flour and brown it before cooking. Not only will this add extra flavor to the beef but the added flour will help thicken the stew as it cooks.
Tip #2: Simmer the stew uncovered. The longer that you allow the stew to simmer uncovered, the more water will evaporate and the thicker the stew will be.
Tip #3: This stew recipe also calls for potatoes. The starch in the potatoes will also add a bit of thickness to the stew.
Tip #4: Finally, a corn starch slurry is added at the end. Making a corn starch slurry is very easy, simply whisk corn starch in with cool water and pour into the stew. Bring the stew to a boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 20 more minutes. The broth will thicken as it cooks.
Keep in mind that, like most comfort food, this beef stew with red wine isn’t a quick meal. You’ll want to plan head of time both to ensure the meat is tender and the sauce is thick and flavorful. I usually cook it for about 3 hours.
By that time everyone’s mouth will be watering and they’ll be running to the table as soon as you say dinner is ready!
And of course, don’t forget the crusty bread to sop up all of the broth.
For a little kick, I also like to serve horseradish cream sauce along side this Beef Stew with Red Wine. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot. I think you’ll be glad you did.
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Note: This post was originally posted in 2009. It was updated with new photos, tips and nutrition facts in 2019.