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Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce

This easy beef stew in tomato sauce is a delicious recipe that when served with rice is an economical and filling meal. Oh and you can’t forget the warm corn tortillas. If you enjoy this recipe you’ll have to check out this Puerto Rican beef stew next!

Beef stew in tomato sauce with rice on a white plate.

Why you’ll love this recipe

This recipe is made with simple everyday ingredients that you most likely already have stocked in your kitchen.

It’s incredibly simple and very flavorful. It can also be adapted to your liking.

My husband came home with a package of beef stew meat the other day. He didn’t buy any vegetables to go with it.

However since my kitchen is already stocked with lots of staple ingredients I knew that I could turn the stew meat into something delicious without having to make a trip to the grocery store myself.

Ingredients needed

  • stew meat
  • canned tomato sauce
  • onion
  • garlic cloves
  • serrano pepper
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • chicken bouillon
  • ground cumin
  • oregano
  • bay leaf
  • vegetable oil
  • water

Is it spicy?

Yes, it is spicy due to the serrano pepper. You can leave the pepper out if you’re sensitive to spicy foods. The stew will still turn out delicious!

How to make beef stew with tomato sauce

Put the beef stew meat in a large bowl and season with salt. Mix together well to make sure all the meat is well seasoned. Set the bowl aside.

Beef stew meat in a glass bowl.

Pour the tomato sauce in a blender. Also add the piece of onion, garlic cloves, serrano pepper, black pepper, chicken bouillon, ground cumin, oregano and water. Blend until smooth and set aside.

Blended tomato sauce.

Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add half of the stew meat to the skillet and let cook for a few minutes or until browned.

The reason I’m doing this in batches is so that the meat won’t be crowded. If it’s crowded the meat won’t be able to brown.

Browning stew meat in a skillet.

Then flip the stew meat and continue to brown on the other side for a few more minutes. Once nice and browned remove the meat from the skillet and repeat these steps with the remaining half of the stew meat.

Browned stew meat in a skillet.

Now add all of the meat to the skillet and pour in the blended tomato sauce. Also add the bay leaf.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and cover. Let cook for about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

cooking beef stew in tomato sauce.

After the 1 hour and 40 minutes the beef stew in tomato sauce should now be tender and should be easy to shred with a fork.

It is now ready to serve! Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Stew meat in a skillet.

What to serve with beef stew?

This easy beef stew recipe using canned tomato sauce goes perfectly with a simple side of rice and warm corn tortillas. You can even add another side of pinto beans. It’s an inexpensive meal that won’t break your budget!

Looking for may ways to use canned tomato sauce? Try these:

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Easy beef stew in tomato sauce recipe

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Beef stew and rice on a white plate.
Beef stew with tomato sauce and rice on a white plate.
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Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce

This easy beef stew recipes uses canned tomato sauce and other staple ingredients for an economical meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef stew in tomato sauce, beef stew with tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 262 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb stew meat
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Put the stew meat in a large bowl and season with salt. Mix well to make sure the meat is evenly seasoned. Set aside.

  2. Pour the tomato sauce in a blender along with the onion, garlic cloves, serrano pepper, black pepper, chicken bouillon, ground cumin, oregano and water. Blend until smooth and set aside.

  3. Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add half of the stew meat to the skillet and let cook for a few minutes or until browned.

  4. Flip the stew meat and continue to brown on the other side for a few more minutes. Then remove the meat from the skillet. Repeat the above steps with the remaining half of stew meat.

  5. Now add all of the meat to the skillet and pour in the tomato sauce. Also add the bay leaf.

  6. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and cover. Let cook for about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

  7. The meat should now be tender. Reomve the bay leaf before serving.

  8. Serve with rice and warm corn tortillas.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 978mg43%
Potassium 797mg23%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 291IU6%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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