Beef Stew with Dumplings is a hearty stew loaded with tender beef, vegetables, and a flavorful broth with large, plump homemade dumplings. It is the perfect comfort food based on my Crock Pot Beef Stew. One of those dishes that becomes an instant classic in your house! You could also make this stew with dumplings made in a slow cooker.

Spoon Picking up a Dumpling from a pot of Beef Stew with Dumplings.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Meat: When making beef stew, choosing a chuck roast is best. It’s a good choice because it has a lot of marbling, which adds flavor and keeps the meat moist while it cooks. Chuck roast also has a good mix of lean meat and fat, which makes the stew tender and tasty. If you can’t find chuck roast, you can use bottom round or brisket instead. It’s important to brown the meat before you add the rest of the stew ingredients.

Raw Ingredients for Beef Stew with Dumplings.

Vegetables: Adding an abundance of vegetables is a surefire way to enhance a stew’s flavor and nutritional value. In this recipe, I included celery, carrots, peas, potatoes, and onions, but the possibilities are endless. Other vegetables that would make excellent additions to beef stew include mushrooms, green beans, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, or any of your personal favorites.

Wine: A full-bodied, dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot is a good choice, as it will hold up well to the bold flavors of the beef and vegetables. Make sure it is a wine you enjoy drinking for the best results. If you prefer not to add wine, substitute a little more beef broth.

Herbs: I used both fresh thyme and fresh parsley in the stew. In fact, I even added thyme to the dumpling dough to add a little subtle flavor. If you only have dried herbs, use about 1/3 of the amount of each fresh herb.

Dumplings: The large homemade dumplings are added to the stew to steam for about 20 minutes before serving. You could also use the store-bought dumpling dough.

Adding Dumplings to a Pot of Beef Stew.

How to Tell When Dumplings are Done

The cooking time can vary depending on the size and thickness of the dumplings. For instance, these dumplings took over 20 minutes to cook. First, look for a soft, golden-brown texture to indicate that the dumplings are cooked. They should not be sticky to the touch. To double-check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of a dumpling – if it comes out clean, the dumplings are ready to eat!

Finished Pot of Beef Stew with Dumplings from OVerhead.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings

To make Beef Stew with Dumplings in a slow cooker, first, brown the cubes of beef in a pan and coat them with flour. Next, add the browned beef to the slow cooker along with the remaining stew ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours. In the final 15 minutes of cooking time, remove the bay leaves and add the dumplings.

Bowl of Beef Stew with Dumplings.

How to Store Beef Stew with Dumplings

To store beef stew with dumplings, first, let it cool to room temperature. Then, you can store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

To Refrigerate: In an airtight container, the stew can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Heat it in a pot on the stovetop or use a microwave-safe bowl to warm it up in the microwave.

To Freeze: To freeze beef stew with dumplings, it’s best to freeze them separately. This will prevent the dumplings from losing their shape and texture when reheated. Begin by separating the dumplings from the stew and freezing each component separately. Store the stew in a freezer-safe container or a resealable plastic bag, and label it with the date and contents before placing it in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat the beef stew, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. To reheat the stew, heat it on the stove or in the microwave until it’s heated through. To thaw frozen dumplings, let them sit in the refrigerator overnight, and then reheat them by steaming them before adding them to the stew. They will last 2-3 months in the freezer.

Close up of a Pot of Beef Stew with Dumplings.
Finished Pot of Beef Stew with Dumplings from OVerhead.
5 from 3 votes

Beef Stew with Dumplings

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Beef Stew with Dumplings is a hearty stew loaded with tender beef, vegetables, and a flavorful broth with large, plump homemade dumplings.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds chuck beef, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup (31 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced into rounds
  • ½ cup (67 g) frozen peas
  • 5 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups (720 g) beef broth
  • ½ cup (119.5 g) red wine, we used cabernet

Dumplings

  • 1 cup (230 g) sour cream
  • ½ cup (122.5 g) whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot with a lid or Dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil.
  • Once hot, add the cubes of beef to the pot and brown them on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the beef cubes and stir to coat.
  • Add the celery, carrots, peas, potatoes, and onion to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Add the garlic, bay leaves, thyme leaves, fresh parsley, tomato paste, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in the beef broth and red wine. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the stew simmer for about 1-1 ½ hours, or until the beef is tender.
  • While the stew is cooking, make the dumplings.

Dumplings

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, and fresh thyme.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the sour cream mixture, stirring until just combined.
  • When the stew has finished cooking, remove the bay leaves. Use a spoon to drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture into the stew. Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are puffed and fully cooked.
  • Serve the stew hot, garnished with parsley.

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Reader Comments

  1. Can you make the dumplings without the sour cream? If so, what other ingredients should I use?

  2. you have some great looking recipes — however i’m on a low sodium diet — i wish your nutrition info would list the amount of Sodium in the recipe — thanks

  3. 5 stars
    I like my stew a little more with thick broth. Have to use a spoon. Will this amount of beef broth cover that? If not, what can I do?

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made your beef stew often and it is a favorite!

    I’ll add the dumplings this time and am eager to taste it.

    Nothing like pulling out a container of frozen beef stew for dinner on an unexpected cold day! A joy!

    Thanks for doing this!

    1. Hi Donna – Yes, there is an entire section in the post on how to do that.
      Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Dumplings
      To make Beef Stew with Dumplings in a slow cooker, first, brown the cubes of beef in a pan and coat them with flour. Next, add the browned beef to the slow cooker along with the remaining stew ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours. In the final 15 minutes of cooking time, remove the bay leaves and add the dumplings.

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