I made this alot when my children were younger. A friend of mine taught me this recipe as I am a girl from the farm and love meat and potatoes. It became a favorite! And again have not found anything like it as good. The beef is so tender, you only need a fork. The gravy is delicious! I always remember the good ones! You can serve this with mashed potatoes on the side or on top of the mashed potatoes. Another comfort food that will fill your belly and your taste buds. Again, simple but so very enjoyable!
After you have trimmed the beef chuncks of fat then if any of the pieces of meat are bigger than the others, cut them to match the size of the rest of the beef chunks. Roll the beef in flour and coat well as the flour will also act as a thickening agent for the gravy.
In a large deep fry pan, add the oil and put on med-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the floured beef. Season the meat with salt and pepper and cook till browned but not cooked through.
Add water to just above the beef. Believe me, this will cook down to a wonderful gravy. Add both the gravy and stew seasoning packets and stir well to incorporate. Bring to a just a boil, turn heat to low, cover and simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally. Add more water only if needed.
When done the meat will be fork tender and the gravy will be perfect. You can add salt and pepper if needed. Serve over mashed potaoes or as a gravy over the meat and side potaoes. I always made corn with a little butter on top of the corn to go with. SO delicious and hearty! A true meat and potaoes meal!