Beef Stew for a Crowd

Beef Stew for a Crowd

Hot, hearty, comforting, and utterly delicious! Beef Stew for a Crowd is best made in advance, which is perfect for entertaining!

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A horizontal photo of two side by side blue bowls filled with beef stew. Each are on a blue plate with spoons and carrots and parsnips are in the background.


Beef Stew for a Crowd is easy to make.

Please be aware that it will take extra time to prepare a large amount of stew, but once it’s finished the results will be worth every moment spent. I guarantee it!

Why this comfort food recipe works.

Making the beef stew in advance and allowing it to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (overnight is best), will give your stew optimal flavor.

If you don’t have the luxury of allowing the stew to chill overnight, it will still be delicious, however, the depth of flavor really intensifies if allowed to chill.

A closeup vertical image of a hot and hearty bowl of beef stew with a spoon, parsley, peas, potatoes, and pearl onions.

The easy instructions;

Make this beef stew recipe a day in advance for the best flavor.

  • In a large skillet, brown the bacon until just crispy.
  • Place the browned bacon in an extra-large pot with a lid. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the bite-sized pieces of beef and brown (in batches). Season with salt and pepper.
  • After the beef is browned, add it to the same large pot with the bacon.
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  • Dice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and stir them into the pot with the browned beef and bacon.
  • Add the beef stock and coffee into the skillet along with the bay leaves, dried herbs, and remaining seasonings. Stir well.
  • Peel and dice the parsnips and carrots into bite-sized pieces and add them to the pot along with the seasoned beef broth and coffee mixture.
  • Cut the frozen Italian green beans into bite-sized pieces and add them to the pot along with the frozen peas, and the cocktail onions and their liquid.
  • Cover the pot and refrigerate for at least 6 hours (recommended, but optional).
  • To cook, preheat the oven to 325-degrees and allow the refrigerated stew to sit on the counter for 30 minutes.
  • Place the uncovered stew in the oven and cook for 2 hours, uncovered, and two hours covered.
  • Before serving, thicken the gravy by stirring cornstarch into hot water and stir it into the pot along with a little Kitchen Bouquet to deepen the color, if desired.
  • Simmer on the stovetop (or return to the oven) stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.
  • Serves 25-30 very hungry people.

Do I have to make this in advance?

  • No, but the flavors will have a chance to marry and improve if allowed to sit in the refrigerator for that extra time.
  • Overnight is optimal.
  • Plus, if you’re entertaining, having it already made will be one last thing you’ll have to worry about on the day of the party.

How to reheat this beef stew after it’s been chilled overnight in the fridge.

I like to take the stew out of the refrigerator to warm at room temperature for at least 1 hour before adding it to a preheated 325-degree oven.

Add the stew, uncovered, into the oven and cook for 2 hours. Stirring occasionally.

Cover the roaster after 2 hours, and continue to cook for an additional 2 hours for the beef to become fork-tender.

Will this stew freeze well if I have leftovers?

Certainly! I recommend cooking it first and then portioning it out into smaller freezer-safe containers.

Cool the stew completely before adding it to the freezer.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

What if I don’t like parsnips and/or carrots? Do I have to use them?

Nope, you can tailor this beef stew to your own tastes and preferences. However, I do recommend (if substituting them) to substitute with other hearty root vegetables that will hold up to the long cooking time, and not fall apart.

Might I recommend celery root, turnips, rutabagas?

Or, leave the root vegetables out entirely and add more potatoes instead.

A large roaster filled with the ingredients for beef stew.

Do I have to make this stew in such a large quantity?

No sir.

If you’d like to cut this recipe in half, it’s easy enough to do.

That said because this delicious beef stew does freeze so well, making up a big batch and keeping it tucked away in the freezer for hearty winter meals is a great way to go!

How to reheat this beef stew from frozen?

Allow the stew to thaw completely and then heat the stew in a preheated 350-degree oven until heated through.

The time will depend on how much stew you’re reheating at the time.

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Beef Stew for a Crowd along with the nutritional information. 

4.62 from 13 votes
Beef Stew for a Crowd
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
chill time
6 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Hot, hearty, comforting and utterly delicious! Beef Stew for a Crowd is best made in advance which is perfect for entertaining!
Course: beef, Main Course
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: beef stew, beef stew for a crowd
Servings: 25
Calories: 232 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 3/4 pound bacon
  • 5 pounds beef top round cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 medium Yukon gold potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 medium bay leaves
  • teaspoons dried thyme
  • teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 6 medium parsnips peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 medium carrots peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bag frozen Italian green beans
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 3 jars whole cocktail onions
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons Kitchen Bouquet optional
  1. Cut and brown approximately 3/4 lbs. bacon in a large, heavy-duty skillet, over high heat. Place the bacon into a very large covered roaster pan.

  2. Working in batches, season the beef with salt and pepper to taste. Brown the beef in the olive oil and bacon drippings remaining in the skillet. 

  3. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon when browned and add the browned beef to the bacon in the roaster pan.
  4. Add the prepared diced potatoes to the beef and bacon in the roaster and stir well to combine.

  5. Add the beef stock, brewed coffee, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet, and bring to a simmer, making sure to scrape up all the browned bits from the bacon and beef found on the bottom of the pan.

  6. Stir in the dried herbs, garlic powder, and bay leaves.

  7. Add the chopped parsnips, carrots, green beans, peas, and onions with their liquid to the roaster pan and stir well to combine. 

  8. Season the ingredients in the roaster pan liberally with salt and pepper, remembering there are A LOT of ingredients in there. I’d say at least 1 tablespoon salt and ½ tablespoon pepper.

  9. Pour the simmering liquid carefully into the roaster pot and stir well to combine. If needed, add more water to cover the ingredients 3/4’s way.

  10. Cover the roaster pan and refrigerate at least 6 hours (recommended).

  11. Preheat oven to 325-degrees and allow the chilled stew to sit on the counter for 30 minutes.

  12. Add the roaster pot to the oven and cook, uncovered for 2 hours.

  13. Remove the lid to the roaster and cook an additional 2 hours in the 325-degree oven.

  14. Remove the roaster from the oven.

  15. Stir together the cornstarch and 1 cup warm water. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan and stir well. Simmer on the stovetop (or place the roaster back in the oven) and stir occasionally until the gravy thickens.

  16. Add the Kitchen Bouquet browning sauce if desired.

  17. Spoon the stew into bowls and serve with crusty bread.

Recipe Notes

Please season with salt and pepper along the way.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Stew for a Crowd
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 531mg23%
Potassium 644mg18%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 3415IU68%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s crowd-pleasing recipe for Beef Stew as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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  1. This was so delicious. Almost thought about asking you if you wanted us to take any home. 🙂

  2. Wow Renee, that's a big pot of delicious looking stew! I'm sure everyone's tummies were full and smiles were on all their faces.

  3. That looks fantastic!!! Great job girl!!!

  4. Oh, so comforting and hearty looking!

  5. RJ Flamingo

    Looks delicious,Renée! That would definitely be a Super Bowl party crowd-pleaser!

  6. Stew just seems to be one of those things that pleases everyone.

  7. I have made this stew recipe at least four times–for family and for parties. It is my go-to stew. Thanks for a winner!

  8. Your style is very unique in comparison to other folks I
    have read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this site.

  9. 5 stars
    We served this yesterday afternoon to “feed a crowd” and everyone loved it! The flavor was fantastic! We also enjoyed being able to do all the prep the day before and simply slow-cook in oven the day of our event. The only changes we made to the original recipe were to add mushrooms to the ingredients list and we used a full pound of bacon. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Hi, Jan!
      Thank you so much for letting me know this recipe was a success for you! It makes my heart happy to hear it!!
      I’m glad you also made it your own by tweaking the recipe to suit your tastes.
      As far as I’m concerned, you can never go wrong with adding more bacon, and I think the mushrooms were a fabulous addition!
      Wish I could have had some! 🙂
      Thanks again for taking the time to comment! Love it!
      Have a wonderful day, and stay warm!!

  10. 5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe when I need to feed a large crowd of hungry guys (and gals!). I have made this a few times for our club events and get raves every time! I am considering also replacing 2 cups of the beef broth with a nut brown ale. Thoughts?

    • I love the idea of using some nut brown ale!
      I think it’s a brilliant idea and will give this tasty stew even more complexity of flavor!
      So smart, Lauri!!
      I’m thrilled that this is your go-to recipe.
      I couldn’t have asked for anything better!
      Thanks so much!

  11. 5 stars
    Pure comfort food! And so easy!

  12. 5 stars
    This beef stew is the classic Fall comfort food! It’s a good thing that you’ve made it to feed a crowd because, I’m going to need it! Delish!

  13. I’d put onions and corn in mine as well

  14. Joey Shreve

    5 stars
    I have made this twice now and have to say this is the best beef stew I have ever had. I can’t wait to make more of your recipes.

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