Greek Beef Stew (Styfado)

This is a classic, popular, melt in your mouth, comfort food, Greek Stew Recipe..:) with beef and onions sautéd in fresh tomatoes and a variety of different herbs and with a dash of tomato paste. As the winter weather is becoming stronger each day, I thought that this stew would be a great idea for today’s dinner.   Simple basically very similar to a one pot cooking recipe, just throw in all the ingredients in a large pot and your done. 🙂 


1 kilo beef pieces

1 cup Olive Oil

2 Bay Leaves

20 Whole Baby Onions

2 tablespoon Sugar

4 or 5 whole allspice

1 cup Vegetable stock (optional)

Rosemary (optional)

1 teaspoon Oregano (optional)

1 Cinnamon stick

4 grated fresh Tomatoes

2 tablespoon Tomato paste

1/2 cup dry Red Wine (optional)

Salt and Pepper




In a large sauce pan add the beef into water and boil for about 20 minutes.


In a large separate bowl add the peeled baby onions and set aside for 1/2 hour. Once the onions are ready drain and add into the beef  with just enough water to cover both ingredients.


Once the meat is ready add in add the ingredients.


If you can find this allspice it works much better for this recipe than the powder version.  I add sugar into this recipe because tomatoes are out of season this time of year and because some tend to be a bit sour I sweeten up the tomato with the sugar.


Simmer for 1 hour on medium heat and cook until beef and onions are tender and soft.  I thought I should mention that this recipe can be made in the slow cooker…just through everything in and let it cook for about 4 to 5 hours.   🙂

Kali Orexi!!!



20 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds amazing! yummm ❤

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    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you Linda. 🙂


  2. Ben Aqiba says:

    That looks so delicious 🙂

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    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you Ben….for some reason I am not able to see your site :(…I have tried to follow you again but its just impossible….Is there any other way I can because I like your site and I find it very uplifting. Can you let me know how else I can follow you

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      1. Ben Aqiba says:

        You are so welcome. I am not sure where the problem is . I tried from another computer and it seems that everything is ok. Try to subscribe on the email list and I will check did you make it

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      2. foodzesty says:

        Hi Ben, I have subscribed to your site…thank you

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Ben Aqiba says:

        Hi, yes you are. Thank you for following me 🙂 Stay positive

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      4. foodzesty says:

        It is so hard Ben….Every time I pick my head up out of the water it’s like I am pushed back into it. 😦

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      5. Ben Aqiba says:

        And I believe you. It is not an easy task ,but you must fight,and you must hold your head above the water

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      6. foodzesty says:

        I will try but can’t promise much


  3. mistimaan says:

    Looks too tasty.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you P! I hope all is well with you

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  4. Simple and tasty – I love these kind of dishes 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Sophie 🙂

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    1. foodzesty says:

      I sent you an email

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  5. dtills says:

    Looks perfect for the cool weather Sophie 🙂 I am making a pulled pork in the slow cooker for dinner tomorrow after Ryan and I get back from climbing!


  6. Hello Sophie! Really nice stew! I love it. It is kind of our culture. Many types of stew or goulash (more or less similar thing 🙂 ) Great for winter dinner! ❤

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    1. foodzesty says:

      Hi Vero, I sent you an email

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      1. Hello Sophie! I have checked it, I will reply as soon as I can. Take care, my friend and cheer up ❤ 🙂

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      2. foodzesty says:

        No problem take care and have a lovely time 🙂

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