Hearty Leftover Beef Stew

Hearty Leftover beef stew

Looking for a quick dinner solution for a chilly evening? You’d be surprised what you can whip up with some leftover beef and whatever you have lying around the kitchen. This hearty beef stew will please even the fussy eaters in the family—and you can even use any leftovers for lunch. We love this recipe because it uses all your weekly bits and pieces and it clears the deck for a fresh shop!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 people


  • 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • Frozen peas, 100-200g
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn
  • 300-400g leftover beef
  • 1 ltr vegetable, chicken or beef stock
  • Any fresh herbs you have lying around such as, parsley, thyme, rosemary or even basil (use it all up
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped roughly though bite-sized
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion or 2 smaller, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a non-stick pan, heat the oil over a medium heat then tip in the onions and cook, stirring until it begins to turn translucent. Add the garlic and allow it to go slightly soft. Add in the celery and carrots and cook over a reduced heat for around 5 minutes or until everything is softer.

Use a large saucepan and tip the cooked mixture inside. Add the potatoes, herbs, stock and cook until the potatoes release some of their starch. Skim this off and discard.

Add the leftover beef (cut into chunks prior to adding them) and the sweetcorn. Allow everything to cook for 20 minutes over a very low heat. Test for seasoning then in the last 5 minutes add in the peas. Season if necessary and serve with crusty bread.

Tesco tip: if you like a thicker consistency, either add gravy granules in the last few minutes and mix well or gently mash the potatoes and larger vegetables with a potato masher while in the saucepan to create a thicker texture without turning everything to mush.

Once that’s done, all that’s left to do is to serve your beef stew to some soon-to-be very happy campers.

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