Beef and Bean Stew

Beef Bean Stew

Beef and bean stew is the perfect way to showcase beans, which simmer alongside long-cooking meats like brisket. Cooked in a smoker, this dish is aromatic and comforting for cool nights.

Commonly known as “Cholent,” this dish is traditionally a slow-cooked stew for Jewish Shabbat. It is also known as Chamin, Dafina, and Skhina.

Although a main dish in itself, it can also be served as a wet-dish among a spread at a BBQ meal.

Beef and Bean Stew Recipe

Beef Bean Stew
Beef and Bean Stew is the perfect way to showcase beans, which simmer alongside long-cooking meats like brisket.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 16 hours
Ready in 16 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
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  • 2 1/2 pounds red potatoes peeled and halved
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 1/2 pounds stewing beef or brisket cut into chunks
  • 2 marrow bones
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh borlotti beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 eggs optional
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
  • Additional water as required


  • 12- or 14-inch Dutch oven or 6- to 8-quart pot
  • smoker


  • In a large Dutch oven or pot (the larger the better!), place the potatoes in a single layer on the bottom of the cooking vessel. Sprinkle the onions over the potatoes.
  • Place the beef in a single layer on top with the marrow bones and whole cloves of garlic tucked within the meat. Sprinkle with a layer of barley.
  • Place a layer of borlotti beans, then sprinkle with the black pepper. If using the eggs nestle them into the dish now.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the chicken broth, salt, paprika, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne.
  • Pour the chicken broth mixture over the layered ingredients, and add more water if needed to make sure that the they are all just covered.
  • Cook in a smoker for 12 to 16 hours at 200 to 250 degrees F (93 to 120 degrees C).
  • Peel eggs to serve.

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