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Dutch Oven Beef Stew With Summer Savory

My Mum's Dutch oven beef stew recipe has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. I've swapped water for beef stock and upped the amount of summer savory from the original to make it even tastier!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: beef stew, beef stew with summer savory, Dutch oven beef stew


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef cut into 1.5-inch cubes
  • 4 medium onions quartered
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 6 small to medium potatoes quartered
  • 6 carrots cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon summer savory dried


  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Mix flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add cubed beef and toss in flour mixture to coat.
  • Add beef and any remaining flour mixture to pre-heated pot and cook meat until browned, stirring occasionally, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Add onions and water. Lower heat, cover, and simmer 1.5 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Add potatoes and carrots to pot. Continue to simmer until vegetables are cooked, 30-45 minutes.
  • Mix cornstarch and cold water with a fork until combined. Add to stew, along with dried summer savory, and stir to combine. Bring to a light boil and cook 5 minutes more to thicken.


Try substituting some of the water for red wine.
You can also substitute some of the carrots and potatoes for parsnips and turnip.
Use gluten-free flour to make the stew gluten-free.
Substitute chicken for beef, and chicken stock for beef stock to make chicken stew.