Den's Stew

ali Bresnahan


The secret ingredient (which you can't taste): BEER!
This is my husband Dennis' favorite meal. he would eat it happily as often as i would make it.
It came from an old cookbook of mine called "Cooking with Style," by Charlotte Adams.

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1 Hr
1 Hr 20 Min


6 slice
bacon (cut into 1" pieces)
1 1/2 lb
top round steak, cut into 1" pieces)
green pepper, cubed (**note: also use 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips)
1 medium
onion, sliced
15 or so
cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 c
beef stock (or beef bouillon) (or canned beef broth)
1 Tbsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
chili powder
fresh ground pepper
6 large
mushrooms, halved
1 can(s)
beer (tall can )
2 Tbsp
cornstarch (to thicken), along with
2 Tbsp
red wine vinegar

How to Make Den's Stew


  • 1Assemble all ingredients. Makes everything go much smoother. PREP: wash veggies (green pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms).
    Cut up bacon, meat, pepper, onion; half the mushrooms.
  • 2PREP: wash veggies (green and red pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms). Fry bacon, remove when crisp and set aside on paper towel.
  • 3Brown meat (well) in bacon fat over high heat and remove from pan.
  • 4Reduce heat in pan to very low, and add green pepper and onions. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • 5Put meat back into pan, with any juice which may have escaped from it. Stir in mushroom halves.
  • 6Add: tomatoes, beef stock, sugar, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cover with beer. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer one hour.
  • 7Add the saved crispy bacon. Simmer 15 minutes longer.
  • 8Mix cornstarch with vinegar, and add to stew to thicken sauce.
  • 9Serve with rice. YUMM.

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About Den's Stew

Course/Dish: Beef