Ancho Chile Beef Stew

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Rated 5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
Ancho Chile Beef Stew
Ancho Chile Beef Stew


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 6 tablespoons flour, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (14½ ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges


  1. Toss beef with 1/4 cup flour and salt in a large bowl to coat.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 6-quart stockpot over medium heat. Cook half the beef in the hot oil until completely browned, 3 to 5 minutes; remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Heat remaining oil in the pot and repeat browning with remaining beef; remove to the bowl.
  3. Fry the onion in the beef drippings until softened, about 4 minutes; add garlic, ancho chili powder, and smoked paprika and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Return beef to the pot along with the beef broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover the pot. Simmer the stew, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender, 60 to 90 minutes.
  5. Stir sweet potatoes with the beef, return to a simmer, and cover; continue cooking until potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add zucchini and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir into beef mixture and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute.
  7. Ladle stew into bowls; garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
Mealthy tip:

Create a toppings bar so guests can choose their own adventure for their chili bowls. Some favorites include sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, cilantro, and pickled jalapeños. Basically, anything you'd put on a taco would be super duper scattered over chili.


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Jessica Scott says:

Love this beef stew! It's perfect on a cold weather day or for game day. The meat is very tender and juicy! If you want a meat and potatoes dinner, try this recipe!

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Kim O says:

I never thought to put sweet potatoes in a stew and this was the best beef stew I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet and it’s very healthy and hearty! This is my favorite stew and I plan on making it more often.