Beef and Lentil Stew

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Stews remind me of my childhood… Of coming in from the blustering outdoors with ruby cheeks and a smile.

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Stew reminds me of shedding my gloves and scarf at our hall tree, then eagerly sitting around our family table for a filling meal.
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Stew reminds me of my mom, always smiling, always a wonderful cook, although she still won’t admit to it. Mom had a way of drawing us into the kitchen.

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She would make up funny stories about the origins of our food and allow us to whittle our fruits and veggies into amusing shapes. Even when life was hectic for her, she made our time together light, memorable, and full of teachable moments.

If only I can make such an impact on my babies.

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Today’s Beef and Lentil Stew is a true family favorite. It’s a play off my mom’s classic beef stew, substituting lentils for potatoes to enhance its nutritional value.

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It’s hearty and filling with a robust beefy flavor. Yet it’s lean and packed with nutrients, for those on a low carb diet, or just generally watching their waistlines. *wink*

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Beef and Lentil Stew is a marvelous meal to warm you up on a winter’s day. It’s guilt free, gluten free, and fabulous as leftovers.

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5 from 11 votes

Beef and Lentil Stew

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
A rich and hearty Beef and Lentil Stew Recipe full of healthy ingredients. This nourishing stew is a perfect family meal for cold winter evenings.
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Beef and Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 640mg 27%
Potassium 1678mg 48%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 8g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 110.8%
Vitamin C 19.3%
Calcium 15.3%
Iron 50.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup dried lentils, green or brown
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes (1 can)
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped tarragon
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for 3-4 minutes, then add the beef and garlic.

  2. Brown the meat, stirring regularly, for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, lentils, tomatoes, beef stock, wine, bay leaves, thyme, 1 tsp. salt and cayenne pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45-60 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Stir in the tarragon. Then taste for salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Use a pot with a heavy lid to keep in the heat. Otherwise you may have to cook the stew a bit longer for the meat to tenderize.

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101 comments on “Beef and Lentil Stew

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  3. Spiritandlivposted December 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I made this last night and it was my first time cooking with wine so I was very excited. It’s so good! I brought the leftovers to work today for lunch and all my coworkers kept commenting on how good it smells. 

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  6. Nicoleposted September 12, 2018 at 8:32 pm Reply

    I made this stew over the weekend and my husband said, “this is my favorite dish!” I live on the coast in Ca. and I have been waiting for the weather to change to start making things for dinner (other than salad and BBQ). Plenty of leftovers and every day it gets better. SO delicious, thank you!

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  8. Brenda Wilkinsonfaposted February 12, 2018 at 7:39 am Reply

    Can l use asparagus instead of celery???

    • Sommerposted February 14, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply

      Hi Brenda,

      Absolutely! However, I would add it closer to the end. There’s nothing worse than mushy asparagus. :)

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  11. SBPilotBBposted December 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm Reply

    Great recipe!  Good proportions.  Use lower end of the water for a heartier bite.  At sea level with 6c of water 60 minutes was perfect.

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  13. Juliaposted November 9, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

    Can you make this is the crockpot instead?

    • Sommerposted November 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm Reply

      Hi Julia,

      Yes! Just make sure to sauté the veggies and brown the meat on the stovetop before adding to the crock. :)

  14. sheetalposted July 31, 2017 at 2:28 am Reply

    this is so great! I gonna try this out for today’s dinner. thanks

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  25. Tattoo design appposted November 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply

    This looks delicious and will
    Definitely try it. Thanks

  26. Jenny Flakeposted November 15, 2016 at 11:29 am Reply

    What a perfect warm soup perfect for these cold months!!

  27. Julia @ HappyFoods Tubeposted November 15, 2016 at 8:36 am Reply

    Oh my! I am definitely trying this stew! What a wonderful recipe for cold winter months!

  28. Angelaposted October 20, 2015 at 11:14 am Reply

    I love this recipe and your explanation of how to properly prep.
    Delicious and healthy.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Julianposted April 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm Reply

    I’ve been doing the same stew for decades (spanish origin) and adding chorizo, tomato concentrate and some paprika for the some extra kick. Brilliant.

  31. Amy Spristerposted February 11, 2015 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Made this tonight as a compromise for the family. I am trying to reduce my meat and carb intake but the family loves traditional beef stew. I made this and everyone loved it! I simply scooped up mine avoiding the potatoes I added and only took a little bit of meat as a treat. It is very satisfying as a lentil stew. I did make this in the slow cooker. Ran it on low for about 5 hours and up to high for an additional two hours as the lentils were a bit firm yet. Also, I didn’t have any wine on hand so I substituted a can of Consomme. Delicious. I highly recommend! Going to PIN this one for future use.

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  34. Kim Gurleyposted October 11, 2014 at 7:22 am Reply

    This deceptively simple recipe is DELICIOUS!!! It is my newest fave and will be a “go to” for busy work-weeks! Simply fantastic!

  35. Barbara Seidlerposted September 19, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

    Thank you for such wonderful recipes you share!!! I am going to try most of them as they look delicious and HOMEY. Thank goodness!!

  36. Betty Lynneposted January 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm Reply

    I just discovered this in my search for lentil soup recipes and it was fantastic! I did it in the crock pot on high for about six hours which gave the meat plenty of time to get tender and the lentils too. Everyone loved it, even my neighbor whom I gave a big bowl to. Perfect for a frigid winter night!

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  38. Adie1968posted January 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Awesome! I cooked for two hours just to be sure meat was tender and it was! Next time, I’ll only use 1/2T thyme as 1T was a little too much for me.

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  40. Stedmanposted March 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s simmering on the stove top at the moment.

  41. Amanda @ Martinis At Sixposted March 24, 2011 at 10:08 am Reply

    The ONLY thing that I dislike about winter’s end is putting away all my soup and stew recipes. Apparently I don’t need to do that yet though, as winter seems to be holding on for a while this year. So I am glad to have some new things to try out as I patiently (not at all patiently) await spring.

  42. Oh geez, that looks good enough to eat well into summer, Sommer. Seriously. I never liked lentils when I was a kid and I don’t know why because I adore them now. This looks so, so very good.

  43. A Canadian Foodieposted March 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm Reply

    I always love to see you using “my” green pot! It matches your site design so well. This is my kind of meal. I love flavourful stews with such a variety of tastes and textures. So nutritious, delicious, economical and ultra satisfying. The photographs are incredible!

  44. toriposted March 21, 2011 at 7:34 am Reply

    I am about to make this for the second time in two weeks. It’s delicious!!! Thank you!

  45. A Little Yumminessposted March 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm Reply

    The photos are beautiful and I am eating a really lousy lunch as I read this, so it doesnt help :)

  46. denise @ bread expectationsposted March 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Lovely stew Sommer! Love that it’s not heavy on carbs. I have everything except the beef and this is looking better and better, the longer I look at it!

  47. Magic of Spiceposted March 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Certainly a gorgeous stew!

  48. Gwen~healthymammaposted March 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm Reply

    This looks fabulous! Especially with the lentils and wine. Yum. My beef eating, country raised husband doesn’t care for stew oddly enough, he doesn’t like the mushy, blended flavors. I however love it. It is so comforting and hearty and flavorful. Not to mention simple and frugal! Im just going to have to try this because I love the ingredients in it!

  49. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted March 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Your stew is just gorgeous. I love the combination of beef and lentils, it sounds amazing. :) Congrats on the Top 9!

  50. wizzythestickposted March 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Lucky for me here in the warn Caribbean the seasons don’t dominate my eating so I can have this right now!

  51. Adrianaposted March 16, 2011 at 8:51 am Reply

    This stew is gorgeous! I would probably eat it year-round. Congrats on making it to the Top 9.

  52. Kate @ Diethood.composted March 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Ah your photos are making me drool!
    I made some beef stew today and told my hubz that it better be the last stew that I have to make… this winter is too darn long!

    I have never used lentil in my beef stew…thank you for the tip!

  53. Lora @cakeduchessposted March 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Sommer-love this stew! I make lentils often but I have never made them like this w/the beef as a stew. Looks amazing!

  54. egbposted March 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm Reply

    I just had lentil stew for dinner! Great pics. I really like how you go step by step with the photos.

  55. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted March 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Wow… this looks fabulous! Your photos make this look like a wonderful stew dream. I think the lentils would add a lovely earthiness to the stew.

  56. MelaIneposted March 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Made this last night and the flavor is good but the beef is way too tough after only 45 minutes of cooking. I shouldn’t have been surprised because none of my other stew type recipes call for a mere 45 minutes of cooking. I ended up pulling the lentils and veggies out of the broth and cooking the meat solo for another hour and a half until it was properly, meltingly tender. A quick recombine and heat through and it was perfect. Even better today.

    • Sommerposted March 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm Reply

      Hi Melaine,

      Sorry you had trouble with your beef! Did you cover it? That way the meat simmers and steams, so it softens faster.

  57. Apicius' Apprenticeposted March 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm Reply

    I’ve been making an absurd amount of stews and soups so that it lasts for days. May need to add this one to the line up! Always looking for new and delicious ways to make lentils.

  58. Julianaposted March 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Sommer, what a hearty beef soup…and love the idea of lentil…I have to try this one. Looks delicious and very filing :-) Have a wonderful week!

  59. Baking Serendipityposted March 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm Reply

    This would definitely make a fantastic comforting winter meal. It looks delicious!

  60. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted March 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm Reply

    I love this lentil stew…It looks so yummy! I may have to give this a try this week! Yum! :)

  61. Pachecopattyposted March 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm Reply

    I never would have thought to put beef in a lentil stew but hey why not? Maybe I’m thinking of lentil soup and how good it is with a grilled cheese sandwich, now why does thinking about food distract me like that????
    I loved the kind words you had for your mother, I hope my children think and write about me like that some day;-)

  62. Kitaposted March 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Ok, so now the challenge is, how can I sneak this in before spring hits. It looks lovely.

  63. The Food Houndposted March 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm Reply

    I know, I need to get all my winter recipes in before the asparagus shoots start to show!! Yikes! Beef stew is so hearty and delish…. except when it’s 95 degrees out :)

  64. Kankanaposted March 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm Reply

    I don’t care if spring is on and winter is gone! This dish got to me on my menu soon! Looks soo delicious and warm

  65. torviewtorontoposted March 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm Reply

    delicious stew looks healthy

  66. Fresh and Foodieposted March 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Looks great! Another recipe to add to my to-do list. Love the idea of adding lentils and red wine. :)

  67. Claudiaposted March 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm Reply

    What a good idea. I’m going to be a copy-cat. Love lentils – really what a grand idea. And there are a few more weeks of stew season – this just beckons.

  68. elle marieposted March 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I wanted to thank you for your message, that truly meant so much to me. I love how the sun is capturing the still life perfectly, I really love stews, what I love most is they are hearty, pretty healthy, and I can get so many meals out of one pot. I just ordered a bag of lentils, I can’t wait to make this.

  69. Ilkeposted March 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Lovely picture of the stew, especially seeing the wine being poured in right in the pot :)
    I already feel warm just looking at it :) You have a great blog…

  70. Dmarieposted March 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm Reply

    I’m not a beef eater, but you sure can make it look good, Spicy!

  71. Heleneposted March 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm Reply

    You have beautiful pictures on your blog. That dish looks so good.

  72. Susiposted March 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm Reply

    What a lovely variation on traditional stew. Adding lentils instead of potatoes sounds insanely good!

  73. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)posted March 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm Reply

    My husband has been begging me to do make something with lentils. This looks/sounds perfect!

  74. Eileenposted March 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm Reply

    I’d love a nice warm bowl of that stew right now! The best stew I ever made was on a woodstove. I let it simmer for hours and it turned out perfect.

  75. Lizposted March 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Love the addition of lentils…looks like the perfect stew!

  76. Geniposted March 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Yay for the last stew of the winter!! Stew reminds me of my childhood as well- mom’s chicken stew was certainly a favorite on cold nights! This one looks great, I’ll need to try it!

  77. sweetlifeposted March 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm Reply

    oh it’s mid 80’s here, but I would still devour this entire bowl of gooodness….my girls love lentils and hubby enjoys a thick soup..thank you for sharing..have a great week!!
    the second pic is simply stunning , HUGS!


  78. Reeniposted March 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm Reply

    It’s still bitter cold in my neck of the woods – warm and comforting stew like this are desired and welcome! It looks wonderful! Love your twist with the lentils.

  79. Stellaposted March 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm Reply

    Oh Sommer! This is a beautiful stew, and I loved that you opted for lower carb lentils over potatoes. And you know, it almost sounds better that way?! Plus, your photos here are the jam! Very nice…!

  80. soniaposted March 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm Reply

    The stew is looking so warm and hearty. Loved the addition of lentils, it makes it more sumptuous… !

  81. pamposted March 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm Reply

    While that second picture certainly makes them look attractive, I can not be fooled. Lentils are evil.

    • Sommerposted March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Hilarious! Well Pam, to each his (her) own! ;)

    • Nannetteposted November 15, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

      Lentils aren’t that evil

      ( Lentils

      Green & Brown, Whole, Dried, Boiled in Salted Water
      lentils, beans, dinner, legumes, green lentils

      — Grade
      29 Calories
      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 1 oz (28 g)
      Per Serving % Daily Value*

      Calories 29

      Calories from Fat 0

      Total Fat 0g 0%

      Carbohydrates 4.5g 1%

      Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%

      Protein 2.2g =^..^= but that is my opinion :~)

  82. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)posted March 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm Reply

    Ohhhhh! That looks soooo good. And it is still quite chilly at night in good ole San Diego, so that would be perfect. I love the added Tarragon. mmm mmm mmmmmm

  83. Angie's Recipesposted March 14, 2011 at 11:40 am Reply

    A hearty and comforting stew is always welcome! Love the addition of tarragon.

  84. Rubyposted March 14, 2011 at 11:39 am Reply

    Looks gorgeous, which means delicious here in the UK (and undoubtedly in Ireland as well)! :-)

  85. Tiffanyposted March 14, 2011 at 11:39 am Reply

    This looks like the perfect stew for anytime of year! Love your photos too!

  86. 5 Star Foodieposted March 14, 2011 at 11:37 am Reply

    Sounds like a delicious stew for sure, very flavorful with the addition of tarragon!

  87. fooddreamerposted March 14, 2011 at 10:28 am Reply

    Winter will likely be sticking around a bit longer here in New England, so this stew recipe is a keeper!

  88. Suchitraposted March 14, 2011 at 10:15 am Reply

    lentils touch to the stew looks fab! definitely will love to try this out without the beef! Thanks for sharing :)

  89. Steve @ HPDposted March 14, 2011 at 10:00 am Reply

    lots of lentils floating around these days … which is cool with me, cuz they’re practically free at the bulk section of Sunflower Market and they’re so easy to work with. cheers!

  90. Kristenposted March 14, 2011 at 9:09 am Reply

    As temperatures start to edge their way toward the 80s here in AZ, I am trying to get as much “winter food” made as I can. This sounds like a great hearty stew. I love using lentils to stretch the meat dollars!

  91. Cherineposted March 14, 2011 at 8:48 am Reply

    A wonderful stew!

  92. carolinaheartstringsposted March 14, 2011 at 10:25 am Reply

    That looks really wonderful and hearty. I love lentil soup and this looks like a great way to use lentils.

  93. Lea Annposted March 14, 2011 at 7:56 am Reply

    I’ve seen snow in June here in the Rocky Mountains, even though we have spring like days, my winter lingers a little to long sometimes. This stew looks wonderful and love your descritpion of the memories. I wanted to let you know that I made your Roasted Red Pepper Aioli this weekend. Delicious. Thanks for that recipe. Have you used the left overs on anything else? Besides the artichokes, can’t think of how to use the rest in just the right fashion.

  94. CLAIREposted March 14, 2011 at 7:47 am Reply

    yum- this looks gorgeous! so hearty and yet healthy with the lentils.

    Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great St. Patricks Day

  95. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 14, 2011 at 7:37 am Reply

    The broth on this stew looks so wonderful and rich. I like the healthy pour of red wine :) Since winter has not yet disappeared, I’m all for a hot bowl of beefy stew. I have a lentil black bean soup on the front burner for this week but your stew looks so much better! As always, your photos are wonderful!

  96. Belinda @zomppaposted March 14, 2011 at 7:09 am Reply

    Wonderful soup – don’t think winter’s totally over just yet for many! Beautiful photos – so inviting…wait, are you inviting me over for some soup?