Spanish Beef Stew

spanish beef stew
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  • 4Servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 carrot, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 package (10 oz.) yellow rice
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 8 green olives, sliced, for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees . In a large ovenproof pot, heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium-high. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown the beef all over, 8 minutes per batch; transfer to a plate.

In the same pot, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. oil over medium. Add the carrot, onion, garlic, paprika and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, 1 1/4 cups water and the beef and any juices; season.

Bring the stew to a simmer; cover and transfer to the oven. Cook until the beef is fork-tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours; season.

Prepare the rice according to package directions, stirring in the bell pepper at the beginning of cooking. Before serving, reserve 1 cup cooked rice, 2 cups cooked beef and 2 cups cooking liquid for the Beef & Pepper Jack Enchiladas. Divide the rest of the rice and stew among bowls; sprinkle with the olives.