Cabernet Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce


Cabernet Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce

Yesterday we were expecting up to 7 inches of snow and it seemed like the perfect day to make a Beef Stew, something I rarely make. I went to the store early to gather my ingredients before the crowds started coming.

With Cabernet Sauvignon, Hoisin Sauce, Beef Chuck Roast and 3 1/2 cups of onions to caramelize I couldn’t wait to taste it.

My husband came home and he said, “what smells so good?” He was surprised since I rarely make Beef Stew but looking forward to trying it.

I usually make the typical stew with carrots, onions and celery but this time I thought I’d try something new. Since I love Hoisin Sauce I was sure I’d love this.

I can tell you that I ate the entire bowl you see above with some brown rice on the bottom. My husband ate 2 1/2 bowls. We normally don’t eat quite so much but it was sooooooooo delicious that it was hard to stop. I would have gone for a second bowl but I was afraid my stomach wouldn’t hold it. A half hour after eating it I looked 9 months pregnant so be careful. This dish is so amazing that it’s almost addicting. Pace yourself!

This morning I’m looking in the refrigerator at the leftovers and trying to refrain from having any, for fear I’ll eat what’s leftover. I guess I’ll leave that for my husband who’s the king of eating leftovers – cold!

Definitely try this dish, especially on a cold wintery day. OH and did I say we now have 12 inches of snow in our yard and it’s still coming down. It’s beautiful!

Cabernet Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce
serves 6


4 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces

3 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
1 (14.5) ounce can diced tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano

1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 fresh bay leaves

1 pound bag baby carrots
1 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp. water

Parsley for garnish (optional)


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over high heat.

Add onions and saute until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.

Add 2 more Tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Add meat to pot; sauté until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Add onions to browned beef and add 1 cup wine, tomatoes with juices, hoisin sauce, and bay leaves. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add carrots and 1 cup wine.

Cover; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and increase heat to high, and boil until the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes longer.

Reduce heat to medium and add the cornstarch mixture. Simmer until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Discard bay leaves. Season stew with salt and pepper if needed.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before serving, stirring occasionally.)

Ladle stew into serving bowls and sprinkle with parsley; serve. For a more formal presentation place stew in a large bowl sprinkled with parsley and serve at the table.

Note: I made some brown rice to go with the Stew. I placed the rice in the bottom of the bowl and ladled the Stew on top. However, the Stew can be served as is.

A Savory Delight for a cold winters day! Enjoy!

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  1. Ok, we’re expecting a storm tonight, so this is going on the menu for dinner! Thanks Vicki, sounds wonderful, I’m sure my family will love it.

  2. Looks really yummy, Vick. Any leftovers?

  3. It’s so simple to prepare Maria. Please let me know what you and your family thinks of it. We thought it was wonderful! Thanks for your comment.

  4. HI Myra,

    My husband came home early today and I just checked to see if there is anything left. He obviously had some for lunch because there’s a very tiny bit. I think he likes to leave that for me so that I can clean out the bowl. haha!

  5. I wish I had looked here yesterday. I fixed a pot roast for dinner last night with chuck roast, and it would have been fun to try this. Next week! I am sending a link to your website to my girls. I think they would enjoy your fun recipes, Vicki.

  6. Definitely try it next time you decide to have meat, especially if it’s a cold day where you are.

    Please do send my link to your girls. The recipes on my blog I try to keep simple so that everyone can do them. It’s my in-home culinary classes where I do more complex recipes.

    You can view all my recipes by clicking on the drop down menu and going to recipes.

    Thanks for your post Loretta. Have a great rest of the day!

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