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


  1. In a large sauce pan add the beef into water and boil for about 20 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the meat is ready add in add the ingredients.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 🙂

Comments (16)

  • Linda @thedutchbaker 2 years ago Reply
    Sounds amazing! yummm <3
    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    Thank you Linda. :)
  • foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    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
    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    Ok Ben I will
    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    Hi Ben, I have subscribed to your site...thank you
    foodzesty 2 years ago
    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. :(
    foodzesty 2 years ago
    I will try but can't promise much
  • mistimaan 2 years ago Reply
    Looks too tasty.
    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    Thank you P! I hope all is well with you
  • Simple and tasty - I love these kind of dishes :) Thanks for sharing, Sophie :)
    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    I sent you an email
  • dtills 2 years ago Reply
    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!
  • 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! <3
    foodzesty 2 years ago Reply
    Hi Vero, I sent you an email
    Hello Sophie! I have checked it, I will reply as soon as I can. Take care, my friend and cheer up <3 :-)
    foodzesty 2 years ago
    No problem take care and have a lovely time :)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Member, Association of Food Bloggers
my foodgawker gallery
Greek Food Blogs
%d bloggers like this: