Campfire Beef Stew

Close up of campfire beef stew in a Dutch oven showing the beef, potatoes, and carrots.

Beef stew cooked over the campfire is a warming and cozy way to end a long day in the outdoors. Start this stew before you set up camp, so it has a chance to simmer and be ready in time for dinner.

Basic vegetables are used in this recipe including potatoes, carrots, and onions. But you can really change up the flavors by adding other root vegetables. Try rutabaga or parsnips, or toss in frozen peas or green beans right before serving.

Adding a little bit of flour helps to thicken the stew, making a rich sauce. If you don’t want to use flour or don’t have any on hand, it is still delicious without it. An alternative is a dehydrated potato which is also gluten-free.

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The lid being taken off the Dutch oven with campfire beef stew in it.
Cooked in a Dutch oven with the lid on, be careful of steam leaving when you take the lid off.
A Dutch oven sitting on the grass filled with campfire beef stew and the lid sitting off to the side.
Cook the campfire beef stew until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
Close up of campfire beef stew in a Dutch oven showing the beef, potatoes, and carrots.
Campfire beef stew has potatoes and carrots in the recipe but you can use any vegetables.

Campfire Beef Stew Recipe

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Close up of campfire beef stew in a Dutch oven showing the beef, potatoes, and carrots.
Beef stew cooked over the campfire is a warming and cozy way to end the evening. Start this stew before you set up camp, so it has a chance to simmer and be ready in time for dinner.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 1 hour 30 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodStewed
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans condensed beef broth
  • water, as needed
  • 6 small potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks

Equipment

  • Dutch oven

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the beef and cook until brown on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the onions and garlic then cook until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Season well with salt and pepper then stir in the tomato paste, to coat.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the beef mixture and toss to coat, making sure the flour is well absorbed. Slowly stir in the beef broth. Add enough water so the liquid level comes about 1 inch above the meat.
  • Cover and cook for about 1 hour, until the beef is almost tender.
  • Stir in the potatoes and carrots then continue to cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper before serving.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 713mgCalcium: 64mgVitamin C: 16mgVitamin A: 5219IUSugar: 4gFiber: 3gPotassium: 1044mgCholesterol: 94mgCalories: 323kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 10gProtein: 38gCarbohydrates: 18gIron: 4mg

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Alison has a long background of outdoor activities which started through the Scout Association. Now it is continued with weekend day hikes and family camps.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am about to start cooking the roast lamb, scary lots can’t wait to try it lol, my first attempt with a camp oven of my own, thank you for your recipes

  2. 5 stars
    Cook the campfire beef stew for the whole family normally one of them turn their nose up at everything I cook and they all loved it easy recipe beautiful flavour