Make It Tonight: Lean Stewing Beef

November 5, 2020

Stew was probably invented around the 1st century and has evolved into an undeniably delicious and common comfort food. There’s just something about the warmth, the heat, the tender meats and a variety of cooked veggies all in one steamy pot that can make you feel at home.

Beef stew has to be one of the easiest options out there; it’s relatively quick and easy to make (and is perfect for a slow cooker!) Since you only need a few basic ingredients such as beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and red wine it comes together in a jiffy. Naturally you can customize a stew recipe to what you have on hand; parsnips, mushrooms, golden beets, turnip and even rutabaga can all be diced and added to a stew for huge new flavour dimension.

Regardless if you are making Hungarian goulash, French boeuf Bourguignon, or traditional Canadian beef stew, be sure to choose freshly cut beef. Your Co-op butcher has a good selection of stewing beef at the ready, so you don’t need to do any prep. You can of course also buy boneless chuck or bone-in short ribs or even lamb shanks to create a whole new stew!

Since you just need to chop, pour and stir, you are free to include whatever you want, meaning you can also spice it up a bit - literally. Put an Indian twist on a beef recipe this week and add some garam masala, or make your stew Irish and throw in some Guinness and top with mashed potatoes, or follow Jamaican recipes and add in some Jerk seasoning. Our tropical Peanut Coconut Beef Curry stew is another fast meal idea that’s both rich, creamy and tangy.

Stewing beef can also be a handy protein for chili. Our Braised Beef Chili uses stewing beef instead of ground beef for a heartier dish and a unique texture. And it’s perfect for feeding a bigger group—or for freezing up for the long winter ahead

If you’re big on using your slow cooker as mentioned above, this Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a great basic recipe that’s sure to please the family.

Whether you need something fast, family-friendly or to create a feast to freeze up for your freezer, Co-op’s Make It Tonight has you covered.

Peanut-Coconut Beef Curry


Wk1 Peanut Coconut Beef Curry blog1 lb Only Alberta Beef stewing beef
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
2-3 tsp. curry paste or powder
1- 14 oz (398 mL) can coconut milk
2-3 Tbsp. peanut butter
salt, to taste
canola oil or coconut oil, for cooking
steamed rice, for serving


Set a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of oil.

Sprinkle the beef with salt and brown on all sides, then transfer to a plate.

Add the onions to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, until soft and golden; add the jalapeño, garlic, ginger and curry paste and cook for another minute.

Return the beef to the pan, add the coconut milk and peanut butter and bring to a simmer; cook for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the meat is tender. Add a splash of water if it’s getting too thick.

Three Make It Tonight recipes for Lean Stewing Beef

Fast MIT

Peanut-Coconut Beef Curry

Fancy MIT

Braised Beef Chili

Family MIT

Slow Cooker Beef Stew



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