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 min
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 Servings
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 green or brown lentils
  • 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 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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99 comments on “Beef and Lentil Stew

  1. 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. 

    Rating: 5
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  4. 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!

    Rating: 5
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  6. 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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  9. 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.

    Rating: 5
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  11. 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. :)

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

    This looks delicious and will
    Definitely try it. Thanks

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

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

    Rating: 5
  25. 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!

  26. 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.

    Rating: 5
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  28. 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.

  29. 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.

    Rating: 5
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  32. 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!

    Rating: 5
  33. 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!!

  34. 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!

    Rating: 5
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  36. 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.

    Rating: 5
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  38. 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.

    Rating: 5
  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

    Rating: 5
  43. 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 :)

  44. 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!