Oven Baked Beef Stew

Oven Baked Beef Stew

Why make a crock pot stew when an oven baked stew is faster, easier and tastes better?

It’s the holidays.  You’re busy planning your meal for Christmas or New Year’s, but there’s all those days in between!  How do you focus on making something tasty with all the distractions surrounding you? Well, beef stew is an easy choice.  But not just any beef stew.  Try this oven baked beef stew.  It cooks in just two hours (as opposed to EIGHT in the crock pot.)  There’s no messy browning of the meat.  And it makes it’s own gravy without mixes or salty bouillon cubes.

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Even more important – it tastes better!  When you simmer stew in a crock pot for 7 or 8 hours, the potatoes, celery – even the carrots go to mush.  With this recipe, the vegetables are fully-cooked, but firm.  Perfect.

You can use stew meat, of course.  I found a 1.5 lb round steak on sale in the markdown bin a few weeks ago.  I pulled it out of the freezer to let it thaw for an hour or two, then sliced it into 1″ cubes from partially frozen – a lot easier to cut that way. I promise you will enjoy the results – tender meat, firm but cooked vegetables, and a flavorful thick gravy.  All in two hours!  Give it a try.

Oven Baked Beef Stew

Take a look at my Irish Stew recipe, too. Authentic and delicious!

Baked Beef Stew

Why make a crock pot stew when an oven baked stew is faster, easier and tastes better?
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Beef Stew, Easy Beef Stew
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Don Herman


  • 2 lbs Beef (stew meat or cubed round steak)
  • 4 lg Carrots sliced
  • 3 lg Potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 stalks Celery sliced
  • 1 med Onion sliced in chunks
  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Tapioca, quick-cooking
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 dash Hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 slice Bread torn to small bits


  • Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Dig your hands right in and mix well.
  • Grease a large (3 qt.) baking dish.  Pour the bowl contents into the dish.  Cover and bake at 375F for 2 hours.
    Oven Baked Beef Stew

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If you tried it, what did you think? Let me know your results.

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  2. Hello Don. I have to admit your oven baked beef stew looks amazing and am sure it’s going to taste exquisite too. Just from that picture alone, an definitely going to try baking one for myself. I know my first attempt might come out bad, but am relentless when it comes to meat, so thanks for the recipe 

  3. This is really awesome. Internet is a huge community that access to informations is pure unlimited. Oven baked beef stew? OMG!!!!!!!! I have never heard of it until now that i am reading this post. My mouth is already watery just reading about it. I am gonna share this post with girlfriend to help me bake this delicacy tomorrow

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