Monday, April 12, 2010

Hawaiian Style Beef Stew

I think my husband married me for my beef stew.
Only in Hawaii will you find stew that taste like this. Slow cooked tender chunks of meat, in a beef and tomato flavored gravy with potatoes and carrots.

I like to brown the meat in a separate pan so it will brown evenly. I know, one more thing to wash… but, it’s worth it. The browning adds a tremendous amount of flavor. So, don’t skip this step. It also cooks and colors the flour which will thicken the gravy. I use my nonstick wok, but, a large saute pan would work fine.

HAWAIIAN STYLE BEEF STEW
3 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1” cubes
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 large onion, diced small
2 stalks celery, diced small
1 14oz. can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
22 oz. water, use the cans to measure
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. granulated garlic or 1- 2 cloves, minced
4 carrots, chunked into bite size pieces
4 red potatoes, chunked into bite size pieces

  1. Trim fat from the chuck and cut into 1” cubes. Place in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the seasoned salt and flour. Mix the flour in to the meat well until it is all absorbed.
  2. Place the stewed tomatoes into a large pot and crush them with your hands to break up into smaller pieces. Then add the tomato sauce, water, salt, pepper, sugar and garlic.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan or wok on med-high heat and add 2 Tbsp. oil. Add ½ the meat to the pan and spread out but don’t stir. Let cook for a couple of minutes to brown. Then turn meat to brown evenly. Remove browned meat with a tong or slotted spoon so the oil will stay in the pan. Place the meat in the pot with the tomatoes. Cook the other half of the meat the same way.
  4. In the same pan saute the onions and celery until soft. Add to the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
  6. Add potatoes and carrots and cook for another 15 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are cooked.

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65 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Love it! I added habanero for a kick! (Mililani, HI)

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    1. Mahalo Mililani, I'm so glad you enjoyed the stew, adding a habanero was an excellent idea.

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    2. I agree, the browning of the meat adds such nice flavor to the sauce that it's worth the effort! Found your site yesterday and plan to try one of your biscuit recipes to accompany the Hawaiian Beef Stew tonight. - Hawaii Kai

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  2. im going to try this recipe for mothers day tomorrow 5/13.. I hope i chose the right one, skipping the sam choy one for this..

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    1. Happy Mother's Day, everyone will enjoy the stew. As we say in Hawaii "broke da mouth". It's delicious!

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  3. How many people is this recipe for?

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  4. Wow! So good and easy too! Satisfies my appetite for local food because it's just not the same on the mainland! Thank you!

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    1. Mahalo, you are so right. Hawaiian Style Stew is completely different than mainland stew. So "ono"!

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  5. Buying the ingredients now to try for tonight's dinner. Excited! (pearl city, hi)

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  6. Great stew. Brings me back to the hana bada days with PoPo. Much Mahalos.

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  7. Cooking it rite now!! Thanx for the awesome recipe ;)

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  8. Can this recipe by done in a crock pot?

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    1. Yes, but you will still need to brown the meat, onions and celery to get the optimum flavor and your gravy may not be as thick as it would be if cooked on the stove. But once that is done, add the rest of the ingredients and let cook on LOW for 8 - 10 hours or HIGH for 4 - 6 hours until meat is fork tender.

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  9. How many cups/servings does this recipe make?

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    1. My best guess is that it makes about 6 - 1 1/2 to 2 cup servings. This portion would include the beef, potatoes, carrots and gravy. One recipe will feed my family of 5 with about one portion leftover for the next day :)

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  10. Made this two nights ago and still have left-overs. This is one of the easiest and tastiest beef stews I ever made. The only thing I did different was I just used a dutch oven. After cooking the meat and vegetables I would deglaze the dutch oven with the liquids.(I don't like wasting all that fond). Oh yeah, I also add a bay leaf for that extra layer of flavor.

    P.S. This stew is even more ono the next day.

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    1. Mahalo. I agree with everything you said, including the fact that the stew is more ono the next day :)

      My husband gave me a "gorgeous" dutch oven(only a cook would use such a word when describing a dutch oven) for my birthday last year and it holds the heat well so I can brown the meat in the same pot. But, if you don't have one (which I didn't until last year) the extra pan is a must. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Susan, was jus surf'n around 4 kau yuk and found your site.
    Mahalo, going make kau yuk i so ONO for kau yuk like your hubby. neva mind da fat its jus so ONO. going make chow fun
    and stew. you still live home or mainland? i live in torrance
    where you get fresh noodles for chow fun. MAHALO VERY MUCH.
    will get back to u wen i pau cook.

    A HUI HOU

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    1. Mahalo Torance for stopping by. You are sooooo lucky that you can get fresh chow fun. I moved to Eugene, Oregon back in 1994 so I'm like you and have to cook my own ono grinds to get the true taste of home. I look forward to hearing back from you :)

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  12. Aloha from Vegas> BIG MAHALO to you . I don't do the cooking . So I was craving for beef stew , and ask my wife to cook me beef stew . well I found your recipe and said I can do this . WOW I'm a cook now (I only do the fry foods)!! it was so ONO the kids ask if I went to the local restaurant and both it LOL Again THANK YOU

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    1. Aloha Vegas, you made my day! I appreciate the ALOHA. You have mastered Hawaiian Beef Stew, Congratulation! What's next :)

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  13. Howzit just wanted to say much mahalos for the recipe the family loved it...

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  14. Hi to every , as I am in fact eager of reading this website's post to be updated regularly. It carries pleasant stuff.
    Also see my webpage - Maui Airport

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  15. Aloha Susan,
    Just wanted to say mahalo for this awesome recipe! I got some fresh venison from Molokai and wanted to try it in a local style stew. Came out so yummy! Also added some pumpkin to give it a Halloween touch. Thanks again!

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    1. Wow, Molokai venison and pumpkin stew...sounds "ono" thanks for sharing. Happy Halloween.

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  16. Have you tried adding red wine...to the recipe it some how make the flavor more bold, making the taste thick without thickening the consistency of stew...

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    1. Mahalo for the suggestion, sounds delicious!

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  17. Always make this for my family and I have to say.....we LOVE it! Thanks for sharing. Hawaiian born and raised!

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  18. luv your website. mahalo for sharing your recipes. u should open a local style resturaunt in oregon, u would do so good, plus all the local familys in oregon. aloha from Kaua'i

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  19. Mahalo Kaua'i for your Aloha!!! Actually I do have a restaurant in Eugene, Oregon named Hodgepodge Hawaiian Grill. We have been scooping rice and macaroni salad for almost 20 years :) If you ever find yourself in our neighborhood...stop by for some ono grinds.

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  20. My father and I have made this dish together twice using your recipe. Ono dish, well done!

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  21. That's awesome! I love when my kids cook with me - it makes the meal extra special.

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  22. Mahalo Susan,

    Hawaiian Style Beef stew is my favorite food..I havent had it in over 6 years since visiting home in Kailua Oahu. I'm the youngest of 12 so I never had to cook at my family hale, my job was to cook rice and wash dishes so thats all I did till I move to California right after high school. And seen a photo on my family FB of beef stew I was so ono for it..So I googled Hawaiian Beef Stew and fron the choice I decided to mkae yours. Which I'm so happty I did. Its Delish and now I can say " I know how make beef stew and mines is the best. Mahalo Again From Southbay Los Angeles

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    1. Mahalo for your story LA! I'm so happy that you have a new family recipe and that yours is the "best".
      Your story warmed my heart and reminded me as to why I started sharing my recipes. One meal at a time will feed our opu's and our memories, while bringing our ohana together.

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  23. I just want to thank you. I am cooking it up now. My father whom passed away was the one that cooked and I never learned how to make stew. This is my first try and I am hoping for the best so that I may teach my kids and this can be a memory for them. Thank you again with much aloha! Stahlheber Ohana xoxo

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    1. Mahalo to the Stahlheber Ohana!!! This stew is easy to make and pass on. I am honored to be part of what will be your new family recipe!

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  24. Aunty Susan...All I can say is this beef stew is WINNAH! Always a favorite and of all the things I cook in a pot, this is always the fastest to empty out and end up in the sink for the next batch (and for me to clean!)
    Mahalo for sharing!
    Spencer Ohana

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    1. Mahalo IZ,
      I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your aloha with me :) A hui hou kakou.

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  25. Aloha from Crested Butte, CO~ Mahalo Susan for sharing your recipes. Truly beef stew is a comfort food for me. I too was born and raised on Oahu, I now live in Colorado and miss the" local kine grindz". We have a freezer full of beef (which we raised on our farm) elk, and deer which we hunt for annually. I'll be using elk to make the stew this weekend, and venison on another occasion. Can't wait! Malama Pono P.S. I'm saving your web site in My Favorites, so I will always have your local recipes available.

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  26. Mahalo Crested Butte, CO! I wish I had a freezer full of farm raised beef, elk and deer :) Onolicious!

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  27. Holy cow. This recipe is so amazing. Just like my family used to eat in Honolulu. I'm going to be cooking this during the winter out in Seattle, when I get homesick! Thank you so much!

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    1. Mahalo Loraine, Enjoy and don't forget the rice :)

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  28. ONO!! Everyone loves your recipe here in Japan. Mahalo for sharing! Jevin

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    1. Mahalo Jevin,
      It's incredible to hear that my recipe is being enjoyed in Japan!

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  29. I like using my slow cooker. How'd you recommend this be cooked in the slow cooker? -Denver,CO

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    1. Yes, but you will still need to brown the meat, onions and celery to get the optimum flavor and your gravy may not be as thick as it would be if cooked on the stove. But once that is done, add the rest of the ingredients and let cook on LOW for 8 - 10 hours or HIGH for 4 - 6 hours until meat is fork tender.

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  30. my boyfriend made this last night and took some down to our neighbors with a side of rice. today our neighbor said it was the best beef stew he ever had. "unreal!"

    my tongue is still burnt from trying to eat while it was still too hot. mmmm.

    thanks from palolo!

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    1. Mahalo Palolo, I'm so happy that you enjoyed it!!!

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  31. Dis stew is so ono,broke da mouth much mahalos , aloha

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  32. NICE! Sent this to my fren here in Hillsboro. My gramma always would add one dash curry powda, half thumb gingah, and bay leaf. :)

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    1. Aloha Zach - nice add in's! I will have to give it a try.

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  33. Much mahalos from vegas! Taste is exactly as I remember from when I was a kid at liholiho elementary. My favorite school lunch. Thanks so much for all the time and love you put into this website and your recipes!!

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    1. Mahalo for sharing your memories and the Aloha!!!

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  34. Hi Susan! I made this stew last night and oh man....SO onolicious! Mahalo for sharing \m/

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    1. Hi Angela, Mahalo for the shout out and for teaching me how to make the shaka sign \m/.
      Aloha, Susan

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  35. Mahalo for posting such a great recipe. A tip for the gluten free crowd, Using Mochiko Flour and really browning the chuck (my cross rib roast chunks looked more semi-blackened) seemed to come out better than using traditional enriched wheat flour. Old habits die hard so I threw in 2 bay leaves as well. My new favorite stew recipe. Thanks again

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    1. Hi Daniel, Mahalo for the tip on making this stew gluten free. And yes,sometimes I add a bay leaf because as you said; old habits die hard :) - but I didn't put it in the recipe because the stew recipe works with or without it.
      Aloha, Susan

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  36. April T- Ewa BeachJune 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Thank you Susan! It's an easy and delicious recipe that reminds us all of "small kid days".

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