Dorothy's Stefado (Greek Beef Stew) Recipe

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Categories: Beef, Greek, Main Dish, Soup, Vegetable

Submitted By: Kathy from Glenview.

Dorothy's Stefado (Greek Beef Stew) Notes

This is a Greek beef stew made with small onions. This is my mom's recipe, and every Fall--without fail--you could smell it simmering in the kitchen. Serve it with a large bowl of mashed potatoes.

Of course a Greek salad, some feta & olives, and crusty bread give this meal the final touches.

The onions can be time consuming to clean, but well worth it when your family sits down to eat. The leftovers are great too!

  • 6 pounds chuck roast, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 6 pounds small white onions, cleaned and scored
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon whole pickling spices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • to taste, salt and pepper
Serves / Yields

10 - 12 servings

Preparation Instructions

In a large soup pot, cook beef in oil until browned. Remove beef, and set aside. Mix sugar into the drippings, add onions, and cook until golden. Remove onions from pan.

Return beef to the pot, and place onions on top. Mix the tomato paste, wine, and wine vinegar together, and add to saucepan. Place the garlic, pickling spices, bay leaf, cinnamon, and rosemary in a spice bag; add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, adding more liquid if necessary.

Helpful Hints

The onions let out liquid as they cook, so be careful not to add too much water at the beginning. When stew is done, remember to remove the spice bag.

If you prefer, you can cook this in a roaster, in your oven, at 275 degrees F(135 degrees C). Watch the time though; it may take longer.

Quick Shopping List

Pickling Blend of Whole Spices
In a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2 oz.
Turkish Bay Leaves, Whole or Powdered
Whole, in a resealable bag
1/2 ounce bulk bag
Cinnamon, Whole Stick Indonesian Korintje Cassia
2 3/4" (Bulk Only)
1 oz.
Rosemary Needles, Whole, Cracked Or Ground
Cracked Needles, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1 oz.

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Kathy W. Said:

I love this's comfort food at it's best. Dorothy has more recipes in her new cookbook 'From our Hearts to Your Table...Favorite Recipes from a Greek AMerican Family'. You can view her info at

Make it Again? Kathy W. would make this recipe again.