This Recipe includes
- Beef chunks – you don’t need high-end cuts of meat, beef chuck is perfect when making a stew, since it is affordable and ideal for long, slow cooking or pressure cooking.
- Black olives – pitted black olives (green olives will not have the same flavor)
- Carrot – fresh or frozen carrots
- Onion – white onions or pearl onions.
- Bacon – small bits of bacon add a ton of flavor.
Spices and flavoring ingredients:
- Beef stock – liquid beef stock, or beef stock cube with water
- Garlic – crushed clove, or some garlic powder if you are in a hurry.
- Thyme, parsley and bay leaf – I typically use a bouquet garni, which is a range of herbs. If you don’t have a bay leaf for example, you can compensate with other herbs.
Accents for the sauce:
- Tomato sauce or paste – add a touch of sweetness
- Butter – to sear the bacon
- Flour – to thicken the sauce
- (Optional) Red wine – any type of dry red wine. If you don’t want to use alcohol, substitute with more beef stock and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- (Optional) Brandy – If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can leave it out.
Why we love it
As far as comfort foods go, beef stew with black olives and carrots is a classic. The cooked olives gives a wonderful depth of flavor and a little twist to the classic beef bourguignon recipe.
The recipe originates from the Mediterranean where olives are plentiful. The tartness of the olives is offset by the sweet carrots and tomato paste, and brings the flavors of the beef to life.
Now, the recipe does involve slow-cooking and simmering the meats for over 2 hours to tenderize the meat, but don’t let that put you off. (You can also make it in the Instant pot if you wish, at High temperature for 40 minutes.)
This delicious meal is perfect for those long and lazy Sunday lunch with family and friends, or as a meal that you can make in advance the night before. It taste better the next day, you know!
Frequently asked questions
1. What to serve with it?
Beef stew with olives is lovely when served with rice, steamed potatoes, mashed potatoes or tagliatelle pasta. (I usually have my rice cooker cooking at the same time.)
But there are many other accompaniments that go very well with beef stew, such as brown rice, green lentils, polenta, or even bulgur.
2. Can you freeze it?
Yes, beef stew with black olives is one of those recipes that tastes better the next day. You can easily put aside portions in a container and put in the freezer. Let it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container.
If you like this recipe
- 1 kg of beef chunk cut into medium-sized portions
- 6 strips of bacon sliced into small pieces
- 1 onion chopped up
- 2 carrots chopped
- 125 g (4oz) of chopped and pitted black olives
- 2 cups of beef stock
- 1 garlic clove chopped up
- 4 sprigs of thyme
- 4 sprigs of parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 1 cup tomato sauce (or 1/2 cup tomato paste)
- 1 cup red wine
- 1/4 cup of brandy
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the bacon and butter in a large dutch oven or casserole pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the bacon from the pot.
- Add the onions and the beef into the pot and brown them for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients (except the flour) into the pot and cover with a lid.
- Simmer the stew at medium temperature for about 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, in a small bowl, mix in the flour with a tablespoon of water to make a slurry.
- Add the slurry to the beef stew.
- Cook for about for 10 more minutes at medium temperature to let the sauce thicken.
- Let the beef stew rest for 10 minutes on low heat.
- Taste to add salt and pepper if necessary.
- Serve while warm.
You can also make it in the Instant pot if you wish, at High temperature for 40 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 737Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 871mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 60g
Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.
If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic recipes that you can make easily. Bon appétit!