Stifado: A Heartwarming Greek Beef Stew for Onion Lovers

 Stifado, a cherished Greek tradition, embodies the essence of comfort food, especially during the chilly winter months. If you have a penchant for onions, this hearty stew promises to be a winter delight like no other.

Crafting beef stifado requires a harmonious blend of ingredients: olive oil, tender beef, aromatic onions, garlic cloves, tomato paste, a dash of water, a hint of vinegar, and a medley of seasonings including salt, pepper, cinnamon, and a fragrant bay leaf.

Our time-honored stifado recipe guides you through 40 minutes of preparation, followed by a slow, simmering cook that unfolds over approximately 2 hours. This generous serving accommodates four to six, inviting friends and family to gather around the table and savor the rich flavors of Greek tradition.

Beef Stifado Recipe- Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil 
  • 2 lb. of beef chuck or top round, cut into 2-inch cubes 
  • 8-10 big onions, medium-sized 
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 170 g of tomato paste 
  • 250 ml of water 
  • 75 ml of red-wine vinegar 
  • ½ tsp. of salt 
  • ⅛ tsp. of pepper 
  • ¼ tsp. of cinnamon 
  • 1 bay leaf 

Beef Stifado Recipe- How to Make

  1. Start this traditional Greek beef stew recipe by taking a Dutch oven. Add the olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat until it begins to sizzle. 
  2. Add the beef and brown on all sides. When the beef is browned, carefully remove the meat cubes with a spatula or a slotted spoon and set them aside. 
  3. Put the onions and garlic in the Dutch oven and cook until lightly. 
  4. Return the beef cubes to the Dutch oven. 
  5. Add the tomato paste, water, vinegar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and bay leaf. Mix well. 
  6. Cover the Dutch oven and turn the heat to low. 
  7. You should stir the stifado every 15 minutes and add some warm water if needed to prevent the meat from sticking to the Dutch oven.
  8. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste. 
  9. Simmer the stew for about 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. 
  10. When the stifado is ready remove the bay leaf and serve.
You can serve beef stifado with patates tiganites or rice. Enjoy!