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Hawaiian style beef stew over sticky rice in a large bowl.

Grandpa Clarence’s Hawaiian Beef Stew

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes (includes inactive time)
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x
  • Category: Soup, Stew & Chili Recipes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Description

My Hawaiian Grandpa’s famous Hawaiian Beef Stew. A tangy & rich tomato gravy simmers with onions, carrots, potatoes, & beef until perfectly fall-apart tender. Serve it Hawaiian-style, over sticky rice, for the best comfort food dinner! Slow cooker & Instant Pot directions provided in the Recipe Notes, below.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, trimmed & cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 stalks celery, finely sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled as desired & cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium yellow onions, peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (one) 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup shoyu (or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef stock, divided
  • for serving, as desired: sticky riceHawaiian beef stew ingredients arranged on a light blue surface – cubed beef, soy sauce, tomato sauce, celery, carrots, potatoes, onions, tomato paste, flour, beef stock & Worcestershire.

Instructions

  1. Season the beef: Place ¼ cup of the flour in a medium bowl. Using paper towels, pat the stew meat as dry as possible, then season generously with the salt and ground black pepper. Dredge the seasoned stew meat in the flour, coating the meat well but shaking off any excess flour. Set aside.How to make Hawaiian Beef Stew, Step 1: Cubed beef chuck in a mixing bowl, dusted with all purpose flour. The bowl sits atop a light blue surface.
  2. Brown the beef: Add the olive oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat (I use a 5-quart Dutch oven). Once the oil & hot and shimmering, add in the beef, shaking off any excess flour before adding it into the pot. Brown 2-3 minutes per side, working in batches as necessary to avoid overcrowding the pot.How to make Hawaiian Beef Stew, Step 2: Browned beef chuck in a large Dutch oven, which sits atop a light blue surface.
  3. Build the Hawaiian beef stew: Once the beef is browned, add the remaining ingredients into the pot: celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, shoyu, Worcestershire, & 3 ½ cups of the beef stock. Stir to combine. [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="14223,14224,14225,14226"]
  4. Cook the Hawaiian beef stew: Increase the heat to high to bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to low to maintain a gentle simmer. Cover & simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is fall-apart tender. Add the remaining ½ cup beef stock & ¼ cup all-purpose flour to a bowl or jar, whisking or shaking vigorously to combine until a slurry forms. While stirring, gradually pour the slurry into the beef stew. The stew should thicken almost immediately. Simmer 1-2 minutes longer to cook off the flour. How to make Hawaiian Beef Stew, Step 4: Stirring flour slurry into beef stew in a large Dutch oven, which sits atop a light blue surface.
  5. Serve the Hawaiian beef stew island-style, over a bed of sticky rice. Enjoy!
    Finished Hawaiian beef stew in a large Dutch oven, which sits atop a light blue surface.


Notes

  • Make-Ahead, Storage & Freezing:
    • Storage Instructions: Hawaiian beef stew stores incredibly well – it’s the type of recipe that gets even more flavorful as it sits! Transfer cooled Hawaiian beef stew to an airtight container & store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Easily reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.
    • Freezing Instructions: Hawaiian beef stew is also incredibly freezer-friendly. To freeze, transfer cooled Hawaiian beef stew to a freezer container or divide it up between multiple freezer containers for smaller portions – These are my absolute favorite! Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the frozen Hawaiian beef stew the refrigerator overnight or submerge the freezer container in room temperature water for a quicker thaw. Easily reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.
  • 10-Minute Meal Prep: While there’s lots of stove time involved in making this Hawaiian beef stew, you can eliminate all of the active work involved by chopping up the beef & veggies in advance. To meal prep, complete the following tasks, & at dinnertime, all you have to do is get cooking – easy!
    • Trim & cube 2 pounds beef chuck. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
    • Finely slice 2 stalks of celery, & chop 3 medium carrots & 3 medium yellow onions into 1-inch pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Alternate cooking methods:
    • OVEN-BRAISED HAWAIIAN-STYLE BEEF STEW: Prep the recipe according to Steps 1-4, above. Rather than cooking on the stovetop, transfer the covered pot to a 325 degree F oven. Braise in the oven for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, until the beef is fall-apart tender. Complete the recipe according to Step 4, above, & serve. 
    • SLOW COOKER HAWAIIAN BEEF STEW: Prep the recipe according to Steps 1-2, above. Transfer the browned beef to the slow cooker, along with remaining ingredients, as described in Step 3. Slow cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours until the beef is fall-apart tender. Finish as directed in Step 4. If your slow cooker has a searing/browning feature, you can use it to cook this entire Hawaiian beef stew recipe (Steps 1-4) in the slow cooker.
    • INSTANT POT HAWAIIAN BEEF STEW: Use the Instant Pot’s “Sauté” setting to cook the recipe according to Steps 1-3, above. Cover & seal the Instant Pot. Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes. Carefully quick release by flicking the valve to its “venting” position. Switch the Instant Pot back to its “Sauté” setting, & finish the beef stew as directed in Step 4.

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