Do You Need Tomato Paste For Beef Stew

How to Make Beef Stew

See below for the various ways to prepare this flavorful beef stew in your Instant Pot, Crock Pot, or on the stovetop!

Even when making this stew in the crock pot, I still like to sear the meat to really get that delicious depth of flavor! In a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil and heat until the oil is hot and glistening. Add the cubed beef and sear meat on all sides, about 5 minutes. Once the meat is browned, add it to the bowl of your crock pot, along with the rest of ingredients, cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Alternatively, you could absolutely skip the browning step and just add the raw beef to the crock pot. It will still cook until deliciously tender, but browning just adds more flavor in my opinion, so I highly recommend it.

To easily make this stew right in your Instant Pot, drizzle olive oil in the bowl of your Instant Pot and turn on the sauté function. Wait until the oil is nice and heated, then add the cubed beef, browning on all sides. Add in the rest of your ingredients, seal the Instant Pot and select the meat/stew setting, and set the timer for 35 mins. Once cooking is complete, let the Instant Pot sit for about 12 mins, then release the steam by placing the valve to the venting position. Serve and enjoy!

You can also make this stew right on your stove top! Drizzle olive oil in a large dutch oven or pot on medium-high heat, until oil is hot and glistening. Add cubed beef and sear meat on all sides until browned, about 5 minutes. Next add in the rest of the ingredients and bring everything to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 2 to 3 hours, until meat and veggies are tender. Serve and enjoy!

Braising the Beef In Water

In essence, stew is meat cooked with other ingredients, usually potatoes, carrots, onions, and maybe some kind of tomato. While it cooks, you can use a spoon to break up whole canned tomatoes, tomato paste, or diced tomatoes.

But nobody mentioned that water ought to be the primary liquid. Though beef broth works just as well, using beef stock is preferred. Veal stock would be divine. Instant bouillon paste will add flavor and is perfectly acceptable. In fact, chicken stock is still preferable to water in this situation and won’t turn your beef stew into chicken soup. Alternatives include stock made of vegetables, mushrooms, and pretty much anything other than fish.

The reasoning behind this is to add flavor. While water is great for a lot of things, broth or stock will give your stew a wonderful depth of flavor.

Do You Need Tomato Paste For Beef Stew

Using “Stew Meat”

Chuck roast’s toughness is exactly what makes it a great stew meat instead of a great grilling meat. This is because the muscle group in question receives a lot of exercise, which hardens the collagen sheaths that encase the muscle fiber bundles. It is also made up of many muscles that are connected to one another by connective tissue.

When cooked over high heat, all that connective tissue makes for a lot of chewing. However, after a slow simmer, it melts away and turns into gelatin, coating the muscle fibers and giving the meat a deliciously succulent mouthfeel. This also gives your stew a tonne of body. Beef chuck is also loaded with beefy flavor. So skip the stew meat and go with chuck. Purchasing a chuck roast, trimming the excess fat, and chopping it into large cubes is your best option. (Theyll shrink while they braise. ).

Do You Need Tomato Paste For Beef Stew