You know you need a good beef stew recipe in your archive. and this Hearty French Oven Beef Stew won’t disappoint.

It’s a trusted dish that’s warm and comforting – something you’d be glad to go home to at the end of the day. What’s more, everything is prepared in a single pot, and with the addition of rice, bread or noodles, you have a complete meal.

Grab your French oven and start cooking this rich beef stew recipe we have below.

French Oven Beef Stew




20 Minutes


3.5 Hours


  • 900 g beef stew meat, cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and cut in eighths
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 340 ml tomato juice
  • 120 ml dry cooking sherry
  • 55 g quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tbsp dried basil
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 225 g green beans, ends trimmed and cut into small pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 150 C.
  2. Combine beef, onions, celery and carrots in a large French oven. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine tomato juice, sherry, tapioca, sugar, salt and pepper and basil.
  4. Pour mixture over the beef.
  5. Bake, covered, in the preheated oven for 2 ½ hours, stirring thoroughly every half hour.
  6. Add potatoes and continue baking for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add green beans and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until beans and potatoes soften, stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve with bread or rice.

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