Caramelized Onion Beef Stew

 In Beef, Comfort Food, Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Paleo, Soup, Winter

Meat and Potatoes are a hard combo to beat and yet I find a lot of beef stews to be lacking in flavor. You see, I wish for a little more “oomph” in my food. Something that says “I’m your dinner and I’m here for you, please enjoy a warm bowl and forget all your troubles.” I’m not asking too much out of a bowl of stew, am I? I think not… If it’s going to call itself a stew it might as well act like one.

Stew should have a dark, viscous, flavorful broth that makes you close your eyes in happiness. But I just wasn’t getting that with most beef stews so I thought I ought to do something about it and caramelized onions seemed to me, the perfect solution.

If you’ve never had proper, caramelized onions before you’re in for a real treat. Like many things, if given time they can be amazing. The natural sugars in the onion slowly go from white to golden to a deep, rich amber brown. The onions become sweet, soft and rich and once they reach that point, you cook them for another few hours into the stew and they become nothing… giving up all of their flavors to the broth. And it is oh so, good and leftovers are even better the next day!

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Caramelized Onion Beef Stew

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 12-15 Servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Chuck Roast
  • 3 Large Yellow Onions
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 8oz Baby Carrots
  • 4 Medium Red Potatoes
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour (optional)
  • Oil for searing

Directions:

Slice two of the onions into very thin slices.

Cut the meat against the grain into bite-sized pieces. Season the flour with salt and pepper if using and toss the beef chunks in the flour until they’re lightly coated. If omitting the flour, season the meat with salt and pepper. In the bottom of a large, soup pot, heat oil to medium high and then brown the beef briefly, turning with tongs. You don’t have to go nuts, just get some color on them.

Remove the beef with a slotted spoon, add more oil and then add the carrots. Allow them to sit undisturbed until they char. Remove the carrots, adding a little water if needed to loosen them. Add the sliced onion to the hot pan, adding more oil if necessary. Stir and reduce the heat to low, then cover with an offset lid and stir every three to five minutes. The lid is going to trap the steam but the crack for air will help them brown faster. Do not forget to stir or you will burn them black to the bottom of the pan and have to start over with a new pan.

Allow the onions to caramelize for 30-40 minutes until they are a rich, deep brown color and very soft.

Meanwhile, cut the other onion into thick slices and dice the potato and sweet potato.

When the onions are soft you can either blend them with a cup of stock if you want a thicker, sweeter stew or just add the stock directly to the pan. Stir to scrape up the yummy brown bits at the bottom of the pot.

Add the red potato, beef and onion, saving the sweet potato for later. Add the Worcestershire, sugar, pepper and some salt. Bring to a boil and then turn to very low heat and let it simmer with the lid on for at least an hour. Check the meat for tenderness, if it’s very tough still, let it go for another hour before adding the sweet potato.

When the meat is tender, add the sweet potato and let cook an additional 30 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if it seems at all bland. Serve and enjoy!

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large Pot
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl – Large
  • Tongs
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Liquid Measurer

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Recipe:

Caramelized Onion Beef Stew

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 12-15 Servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Chuck Roast
  • 3 Large Yellow Onions
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 8oz Baby Carrots
  • 4 Medium Red Potatoes
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour (optional)
  • Oil for searing

Directions:

Slice two of the onions into very thin slices.

Cut the meat against the grain into bite-sized pieces. Season the flour with salt and pepper if using and toss the beef chunks in the flour until they’re lightly coated. If omitting the flour, season the meat with salt and pepper. In the bottom of a large, soup pot, heat oil to medium high and then brown the beef briefly, turning with tongs. You don’t have to go nuts, just get some color on them.

Remove the beef with a slotted spoon, add more oil and then add the carrots. Allow them to sit undisturbed until they char. Remove the carrots, adding a little water if needed to loosen them. Add the sliced onion to the hot pan, adding more oil if necessary. Stir and reduce the heat to low, then cover with an offset lid and stir every three to five minutes. The lid is going to trap the steam but the crack for air will help them brown faster. Do not forget to stir or you will burn them black to the bottom of the pan and have to start over with a new pan.

Allow the onions to caramelize for 30-40 minutes until they are a rich, deep brown color and very soft.

Meanwhile, cut the other onion into thick slices and dice the potato and sweet potato.

When the onions are soft you can either blend them with a cup of stock if you want a thicker, sweeter stew or just add the stock directly to the pan. Stir to scrape up the yummy brown bits at the bottom of the pot.

Add the red potato, beef and onion, saving the sweet potato for later. Add the Worcestershire, sugar, pepper and some salt. Bring to a boil and then turn to very low heat and let it simmer with the lid on for at least an hour. Check the meat for tenderness, if it’s very tough still, let it go for another hour before adding the sweet potato.

When the meat is tender, add the sweet potato and let cook an additional 30 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if it seems at all bland. Serve and enjoy!

Tools You'll Need

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large Pot
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl – Large
  • Tongs
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Liquid Measurer

We keep Cleaver Cooking in business through affiliate links that you see here and we get a small percentage when you purchase an item through our links.
We do our best to recommend quality products but please note that not all products have been tested and we can’t guarantee your satisfaction.
If you already own similar items feel free to use those tools instead.

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Caramelized Onion Beef Stew 12-15 Servings 2 lb Chuck Roast 3 Large Yellow Onions 1 Large Sweet Potato 8oz Baby Carrots 4 Medium Red Potatoes 3 Cloves Garlic 1 Tablespoon Sugar 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Salt to taste ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour (optional) Oil for searing
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