Amish Beef Stew

Amish beef stew

Hearty Amish Beef Stew Recipe

This hearty Amish Beef Stew is the perfect comfort food for a cold or rainy day! It will warm you all over, as you enjoy every delicious bite.

As you’re getting your day started, just prep the ingredients and toss them into your crockpot. Then you’ll have a hearty and delicious dinner waiting for you.

You can cook the stew all day long at low temperatures in your slow cooker. Or if you’re in a hurry you can turn it on high, and it should be ready to eat in as little as four hours.

You might say, “But the Amish couldn’t make slow cooker beef stew because they don’t have electricity.” But remember, I was Amish and we did have electricity, so we made beef stew in the crockpot. Although you are right, a lot of them do not have electricity, so they would have to cook the stew on the stovetop or bake it in the oven.

Can I Make this awesome Amish-style Beef Stew if I don’t have a slow cooker?

The answer is “Yes”. You can make this beef stew without a slow cooker as most Amish would. You can cook it on the stovetop. Just place your stew in a heavy pot or Dutch oven and bring it to a boil. Then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 – 3 hours.

You could probably even bake this in your Dutch oven or any ovenproof dish. I’ve never tried it though, so I’m not sure about baking time and temperature.

Beef Stew is a Comfort Food

Winter is the perfect time for making stew, soups, and everything comfort food. There’s something about eating hot soup on a cold day, it just warms you and makes you feel good.

I don’t especially like the winter season when you have to bundle up to go outside, and even then you’re freezing if you stay out too long. So you’re just cooped up inside most of the time.

But it is a good time to catch up on those indoor projects that you never have time for when you’re busy with all the outdoor yard and garden work. And I do enjoy that break.

Beef or Venison

Growing up on a farm, we always had lots of beef in our freezer. But now, I’m not so lucky. Beef is expensive to buy, and I actually don’t very often buy the expensive cuts, although the stew meat chunks aren’t as expensive as some of the cuts.

My husband is a hunter; he likes getting out in the woods and harvesting a deer if he’s lucky enough to find one. And now the last two years our oldest son has been hunting as well and brought home some meat. I’m always glad for extra meat in the freezer. And whenever we cut up the venison, I always cut some stew meat chunks as well.

Venison has a bit of a wild taste. But if processed properly and cooked with garlic and onions, there’s really not a lot of difference in taste. And I actually use venison in this stew recipe whenever I have some.

Do the Amish go Deer Hunting?

We had a one hundred acre farm, on which a number of those were wooded land. So we always had deer around our farm and they can do a lot of damage to the corn crop if there are too many of them.

My brothers all enjoyed hunting and usually ended up shooting a deer sometime throughout the season.

I know that quite a number of the Amish around our area went deer hunting. And I think they are the same as the general population. Some of them enjoy it and some don’t.

How to make this Amish Beef Stew

I start by covering all my beef cubes in flour, then frying them in an oiled skillet till browned. The flour helps to thicken the stew. If you don’t want yours thickened at all, just skip the flour. You can fry the meat without the flour. Or you can even skip the frying step altogether and just toss the meat in raw if you’re really short on time.

beef stew meat
fried meat – just give it a nice sear

Cutting up all the veggies takes a little time. Just peel and chunk the potatoes and carrots and cut your onion and celery into bite-size pieces.

Layer all your ingredients into a crockpot, and add enough water to almost cover it all. Place the lid on top, turn to the low setting and let it cook for 6 – 7 hours.

amish beef stew

Homemade biscuits are really yummy served with stew. So about a half-hour before dinner time, I mix up a batch of biscuits (click here for the recipe to make fluffy Amish biscuits), and everyone is happy when it’s time to eat. It’s a warm, comforting, and hearty dinner! This Amish beef recipe is amazing!

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slow cooker Amish beef stew

Amish Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Amish Beef Stew is the perfect comfort food for a cold or rainy day. You can fix it in the morning and have an amazing dinner waiting for you in the evening. Serve with homemade biscuits and you've got a perfect meal everyone will love.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 7 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Amish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 249 kcal


  • 1 lb. beef stew meat chunks
  • 4 – 5 large carrots cut into bite size chunks
  • 5-6 potatoes, depending on size cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 celery stalks cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/2 onion cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 c. frozen green beans Can also use canned beans
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced, optional
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 c. beef broth
  • 1 tsp. season all
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves
  • 3/4 tsp. Tony's creole seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil


  • Place flour in a zip lock bag, add meat chunks and shake to coat. Or you can just toss in a bowl.
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat, add meat chunks and fry till browned on all sides. Add broth, scraping pan to get all the bits.
  • Peel potatoes and carrots.
  • Chunk all the vegetables into bite size pieces.
  • Place your vegetables and meat/broth mixture into your crock pot. It doesn't really matter what order.
  • Add seasonings, and water to almost cover your ingredients.
  • Turn crock pot on low setting and let it cook for about 6 – 7 hours. Do not open lid more than about one time to give it a stir.
  • Remove the bay leaves when ready to serve.


You can adjust seasonings and vegetables to suit your taste. Add or subtract any vegetables you desire, some people like cabbage in theirs. I love Tony’s seasoning. It’s a little spicy, so if you don’t like any spice, just replace it with salt. I always taste test mine before serving and add more salt as needed.
The cooking time can vary a bit too. If you need to leave the house for the day, just set it to low and leave it. It will be fine on low for 7 – 8 hrs. Or if you need it done in only 4 hrs., cook it on the high setting.
Sometimes I mix my stew the night before and refrigerate it overnight. This way it’s ready to start cooking the next morning. Although you will need to allow a bit longer cooking time if all your ingredients and crock are cold.
Just remember that the more often you open the lid, the longer it will take to cook.
And you can make this stew with venison instead of beef.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 16gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 583mgPotassium: 1077mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 9795IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 4mg
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