Southern Beef Stew

Say mm-mm-good to down-home comfort food with this hearty and healthy Deep South recipe perfect for the whole family.

Makes 6 servings.


  • 2 lb. boneless beef bottom round, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 large onion, large dice
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 packed cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce


  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown and sear beef for about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with remaining beef.
  4. Add 1/2 cup broth to the pot and heat, scraping up the brown bits. After about a minute, transfer the broth to the bowl with the beef. 
  5. Lower the heat and add remaining oil along with the onions and cook until they start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, Cajun seasoning and cinnamon and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Return beef and juices to pot along with carrots, turnips, tomatoes, bay leaf and remaining broth. Bring to a boil, then cover, place in the oven and bake until beef is tender, about 1 ½–2 hours.
  7. Remove from the oven and discard the bay leaf. (Or keep it in! Whoever finds it in their bowl gets good luck!)
  8. Stir in spinach and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Rob Varner of Sheepshead Eats.