Easy Beef Stew

Easy Beef Stew

Sometimes the simplest food is the best and this beef stew will feed and warm you when you're out in the open air. It's another of those recipes where the ingredients are easy to prepare in advance or, if you want an easy life, the stew is excellent even after being re-heated.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 campers


  • 1 lb trimmed and cubed stewing beef
  • 1-2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 lb cubed potatoes
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 2 stalks celery cut in to 1/2" pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • Extra water


  • Start by adding the flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a mix bowl then toss in the beef and make sure it's well covered.
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven and cook the beef and onion until well browned. If doing this on a campfire stir regularly so it doesn't burn
  • Add the red wine and beef broth. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the pot to mix any caramelized (browned) food.
  • It's now time to add all of the ingredients except the peas and cornstarch.
  • Cover and simmer for an hour to 90 minutes. Stir regularly.
  • When the meats tender add the peas and cook for further 5-10 minutes.
  • During this last phase mix the cornstarch with water to create a smooth wet paste. Add to the stew whilst stirring.


If you are cooking this on a wood campfire you’ll need to move the pot away from the strong heat or it will burn.
Cheaper cuts of beef may take longer to cook. A good option is to soak (marinade) the beef if the red wine/beef stock mix.
For me this is one of those recipes that is best cooked in advance. It freezes well giving it a longer shelf life in your cooler.
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