Comfort food doesn’t get any better than this easy Stew Beef and Rice Recipe. Onions, peppers, garlic, and oregano are slowly cooked with beef to create one hearty meal.
Randy has been cutting and chopping wood for weeks on end now. The stockpile grows little by little each day. He enjoys the labor. It’s time for him to deeply breathe in the fresh air, push himself and focus on something other than his normal work. I join him every now and then to lug a log or two and it is indeed a nice change of pace.
After hours of work like that he’s ready to eat hearty “stick to your bones” food. This Stew Beef and Rice is just what my lumberjack husband ordered. Plus, is there any other dish that screams comfort food so loudly? A few perhaps, but not many. Just the aroma of beef stewing in onions and peppers and oregano is enough to distract lumberjacks for miles around. It’s hearty enough to satisfy them too. A satiated lumberjack is a happy lumberjack. Okay, enough with the lumberjack references. Moving right along …
Not only is Stew Beef and Rice delicious comfort food to the max, it is oh so easy to make. Begin by lightly browning beef chunks (beef chuck is our preference) on all sides. Add in diced onion and bell pepper, and cook, stirring for about five minutes. Next in is the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring for a bit. Then add the beef stock and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer, cover and let simmer until the beef is tender.
It usually takes about an hour and a half or two hours for the beef to get tender. The beef should be easy to shred apart with a fork, which is the next step. I like to remove a portion of the beef and use a fork to shred it apart, then add back to the stew before thickening it up with a bit of water and cornstarch. The whole process requires very little hands-on time. That’s a the lovely thing about stews. Just get them going and let them stew.
Stew Beef and Rice is an excellent meal for preparing for a group. Double or triple the recipe, make a large tossed salad, maybe some crusty bread too for one hearty meal that will feed a whole crew of lumberjacks. (I had to get in one more lumberjack.) Stew Beef and Rice can easily be made ahead by a day then covered and refrigerated until ready to reheat before serving. Leftovers? They can easily be rewarmed or add more beef stock, along with diced tomatoes, sliced carrots and mushrooms for a hearty soup.
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Onions, peppers, garlic, and oregano are slowly cooked with beef to create one hearty meal.