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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. 🙂


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  2. Looks too tasty.
  3. Simple and tasty - I love these kind of dishes :) Thanks for sharing, Sophie :)
  4. 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!
  5. 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

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