Mediterranean Beef Stew

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A cool night is the ideal time to enjoy a classic Mediterranean Beef Stew. After the long, hot summer we have experienced, I am looking forward to enjoying this favourite dish. If you like Mediterranean foods as much as I do I am certain that you will love this easily prepared stew. Cubes of beef, fresh vegetables and herbs are simmered in a rich tomato sauce.  It is a one pan meal, complete on its own. Serve it simply with some crusty bread for mopping up the juices. Alternatively, serve it with rice, pasta, polenta or mashed potato.

This is pure comfort food which will warm you and satisfy you.

Mediterranean Beef Stew is made using a less expensive cut of meat which requires long, slow cooking to tenderise the beef and extract the maximum flavour. Not only are long-simmered stews satisfying to eat, they are also satisfying to make.

Initially, I brown the seasoned, cubed meat in my Dutch Oven. This is an important step. Searing caramelises the surface of the meat. It gives the meat an appetising colour and a wonderful depth of flavour. The browning of the meat is the first step in adding flavour to the finished dish.

After the beef is removed from the pan I add chopped onions and garlic. The onions and garlic add extra depth to the tremendous amount of flavour which is now a residue in the pan due to the browning of the meat. The next stage is to return the meat to the pan, add the tinned tomatoes, beef stock and rosemary and cook long and slow. It’s all about building layers of flavour in the dish. Once the dish is quietly simmering, you are able to step away from the stove for a time to let the magic take place.

After 90 minutes or so of cooking, I check that the meat is almost at the tenderness I require.

If so, I add the zucchini and capsicum and 30 minutes later the Mediterranean Beef Stew is ready to be enjoyed. My tip to keep this stew fresh-looking is to add the vegetables for the last 30 minutes of cooking time. That way they will retain their texture. If they are added at the same time as the beef they will become soft and mushy and difficult to identify. In addition, when not over-cooked they retain their colour making the dish much more aesthetically pleasing.

There’s really nothing fancy about this dish. However, from the inviting aroma to the robust flavour, this Beef Stew carries the promise of comfort and warmth. It is, simply, wonderful, old-style comfort food.     

This is a versatile dish. It’s a great make-ahead meal, ideal when entertaining friends, be it a large or small gathering. However, it is simple enough to be enjoyed on a weeknight. I do hope you will try it – I am sure you will like it. I love to serve with buttered noodles, Gnocchi alla Romana or my Focaccia.

Please let me know in the comments below if you try it.
Alex and Faye xx

Mediterranean Beef Stew

Mediterranean Beef Stew

Slow cooking guarantees tender, melt-in-the-mouth beef with a superb depth of flavour. When a pot of this Mediterranean Beef Stew is simmering away on the stove, everyone will know that a warm, comforting meal is not far away. Please make this simple, easily prepared dish for the people that you love.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: beef, beef stew, dairy free, delicious, dinner, easy, gluten free, mediterranean, simple, stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 409kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 1 kg stewing beef* cut into 3 ½ cm / 1 ¼ ” cubes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 large onion cut into 3 ½ cm / 1 ¼ ” cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 800 g crushed tinned tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock 250 ml
  • 3 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 2 large zucchini/courgette cut into slices 1 cm/1/3” wide
  • 2 large red capsicum/bell peppers cut into 2 ½ cm/1” squares
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives pitted
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped, divided
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

To Serve:

  • pasta/noodles, mashed potato, rice or a green salad.


  • Pat the meat dry with paper towels. This will help the meat to form a nice brown crust when seared.
    Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil, over high heat, in a large, heavy-based Dutch Oven or saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. The oil should not smoke. You will notice that the oil is hot and ready to use when it begins to shimmer.
  • Add 1/3 of the beef to the pan. Brown the meat for a minute or two on all sides*. Remove the meat to a plate and set it aside. Repeat with the remaining beef, adding more oil if necessary.
    Turn the heat down to low. Add a little extra oil if necessary.
  • Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the garlic and cook a further minute and stir again to ensure the garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Return the cooked beef, including any juices, to the pan.
    Add the tomatoes, beef stock, rosemary and chilli flakes (if using). Stir well.
    Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 ½ – 2 hours or until the meat is almost at perfect tenderness. Stir occasionally.
  • Add the zucchini and capsicum, stir well and cover again. Cook for 30 minutes. Stir halfway through and add a little more water if necessary.
    Add the olives and 2 tablespoons of parsley*.
    Check the seasoning, adding additional salt, pepper or chilli flakes to taste.
  • Turn into a serving dish or serve, family-style, at the table in the pan in which it was cooked.
    Add the remaining parsley just before serving.
    Serve with rice, mashed potato, crusty bread or buttered noodles*.


*I used chuck steak and I bought it already cubed.
*It is important to not “play” with the meat. If you try to turn it too soon it will stick to the pan. It will turn easily when it has formed a brown crust. This is an exercise which requires patience. If moved too much the meat will release its juices and steam rather than fry.
* Contrary to a widely held belief, searing the meat does not actually seal moisture inside the meat, as you will notice. The seared meat, when removed to a plate, will release a lot or moisture. However, browning the meat does add tremendous depth of flavour.
*To obtain maximum flavour from the parsley I like to add it at the end of cooking.
*For buttered noodles, boil the pasta of your choice until it is al dente, toss in a bowl with some butter, salt, pepper and chopped parsley.


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 1484mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2455IU | Vitamin C: 106.3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 6.2mg
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157 Comments on “Mediterranean Beef Stew”

  1. This stew looks really delicious. I absolutely love how easy this is to make. I bet my family will enjoy this recipe so I’m saving it to give a try.

    1. Hey Becca, you can absolutely adjust the flavours to your liking 🙂 it is full of flavour, but I always add a little chilli to mine as I like the extra heat 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Who never loves some good pasta with beef stew? It is always so delicious. I also love my ingredients chopped bigger and crunchy.

  3. This stew looks like it would be so good. I love a really good beef stew and this looks like it has some amazing flavor!

  4. I love this new take on an old classic. Typically you see basic veggies like carrots and green beans, I like how you’ve added zucchini and squash and paired with pasta. I have to give this recipe a try. Looks delish. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much, Kisha! Yes, I wanted to mix it up a bit, and as a huge fan of Mediterranean flavours, this seemed like the logical direction to go in. Do hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Looks delicious. I like that it is paired with pasta. I’ve been imagining how flavour-filled my kitchen would smell like if I made this meal. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  6. I’m loving all these recipes I am coming across these days. I am always looking out for new ways to incorporate more veggies into our meals, I am sure this would be a winner.

  7. Um Yum! This dish looks great! How do you come up with your recipes I have difficulty coming up with recipes for dinner each night lol and its just my husband and I

  8. What a tasty looking dish! You can’t beat a stew! It’s a great comfort food especially when the weather is up and down like it has been here the past few days! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Stew dish is a comfort food that looks simple to cook but still require our patience. I love beef stew. I love how it softens and melt in my mouth. I will try your recipe for sure. 🙂

  10. Really interested in making this dish. It sure looks like a delicious meal. I’m not a big fan of olives or zucchini so I’ll exclude those. It’ll still taste as good. Thanks for this!

    1. Hey Annabel! Absolutely – this is the kind of dish that you can definitely mix up a bit and make to your own taste. I do hope you will enjoy it 🙂

  11. Yum yum yum. I was looking for a beef stew recipe, and this one convinced me to stop looking and go shopping for ingredients. Thanks for making the photos so delicious.

  12. You are truly right about this food. This is definitely easily can say as our comfort food. This looks really yummy and the sauce is very tempting to the eyes.

  13. Looks very delicious! Beef works wonders as a stew and add of tomatoes totally take it different level. I would love to eat for lunch or dinner a lot.

    1. It would work perfectly with chicken also! Just make sure you use a thigh or a tenderloin – the breast would dry up a bit too much with the slow cooking 🙂 x

  14. The beef stew is the best pick to prepare for the family. Simple and easy to follow recipe. Thanks.

  15. 5 stars
    I do love making stews, especially in often. I love the Mediterranean flavors, especially the combination between tomatoes and herbs.

  16. 5 stars
    I love a good beef stew, and this one sounds like a fun twist on the classic. I’m super intrigued by the chopped olives in here, Alex! I can see how those flavors would work together beautifully…and now I have to try it out! Kudos on another delicious recipe. This one is perfect for those early season chilly nights that are coming your way soon! 🙂 (It’s also perfect for the late season chilly nights we’re having up here…)

    1. Thanks, David! We finally had a cool change here, so it seemed like the perfect time to whip up a batch of this 🙂 Definitely made me feel like Autumn was officially here!

  17. 5 stars
    What a hearty and comforting stew. I love that you mentioned that it is old school home style. Definitely work of patience and love.

  18. 5 stars
    Glad to pick up Mediterranean cuisine this week. I love beef and to make Mediterranean cuisine will interest me a lot too. I love how you list the instruction steps by steps with the picture as well. This is really useful.

  19. Wow this looks great, and not too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll definitely have to try it!

  20. 5 stars
    This beef stew looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I am going to have to try this recipe one day soon with some rice. Thanks for sharing it!

  21. This looks like an amazing recipe, I will definitely be trying it out, now that we have a couple of cold days coming our way here in Austin, Tx. …and before the heat arrives.

  22. 5 stars
    Yummy. Beef and veggies are the ultimate comfort food for me. And perfect now the weather is a bit cooler in SA!

  23. 5 stars
    Delicious as the post and photo suggests – served mine with some mashed potato. Can’t wait for the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

  24. I love all the ingredients except the olives. Family doesn’t care for the at all. Serving it over noodles or even mashed potatoes would be delicious.

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