A delicious Greek style stew, this Beef Stifado is so satisfying, in summer or winter. It’s a taste of sunshine and holidays, packed with vegetables and a rich flavourful sauce.
A number of years ago, we spent a blissful week with friends in Cyprus. Now, I have to say, it was a first holiday with children so it was, how shall we say, a learning curve?
I had a pair of fearless toddlers who had learned to walk that week and they planned on leaping into the swimming pool at any given moment. But my resounding memory of that week is laughs with friends and some seriously memorable food.
Perfectly light and delicate pastries, rich, deep tomato sauces and meltingly soft meats. This recipe for Beef Stifado will forever take me back to that trip.
Whether you’re making this and eating this in the depths
You’ll love this recipe because:
✅ An easy stew that’s a little bit different
✅ Packed with flavour
✅ Great to fill the freezer
FAQs about this Beef Stifado Slow Cooker Recipe
What shall I serve with this dish?
I like to serve this with some cooked orzo pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. If you don’t have time (or energy for those) crusty bread or flatbreads are delicious too.
Would any other vegetables work in this dish?
Yes, you could try adding any root veg of your choice. Be sure to cut them small enough that they cook in the slow cooker.
Is this OK to use as leftovers?
Yes! In fact, these flavours actually get better with time. The stew will keep in the fridge for 3 days or 3 months in the freezer.
Is this an authentic Greek recipe?
This is a Greek style recipe, with flavours I’ve loved from my trips there. Traditional Stifado includes small, cooked, peeled onions. (You can read more about it here on MyGreekDish.) I unfortunately couldn’t find any when making this recipe, so I’ve substituted red onions, which also have a lovely sweet flavour.
Can you recommend a slow cooker?
The one I love (which can be used on the hob too) is the Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker as it’s really light.
If you have an induction hob, I would recommend the Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker.
Fancy more meaty Slow Cooker recipes?
- Slow Cooker Lamb Curry – a weekend favourite
- Easy Lamb Koftas with Tzatziki – Sharing plate winner
- Lamb Shoulder with Mint Glaze – Sunday slow cooker special
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this recipe. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ by the recipe. Also, if you’d like to show me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.
- 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
- 700 g Stewing beef In cubes
- 2 Red onions Peeled and sliced
- 3 Carrots Peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 Cloves garlic Peeled and crushed
- 1 tbsp Mixed Spice
- 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
- 2 tbsp Tomato puree
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 Beef stock cube Or 'stock pot' NO NEED TO ADD WATER
- 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 400 g Chopped tomatoes SEE INSTRUCTIONS IF OVEN COOKING
- Plenty of salt and pepper
Slow cooker instructions:
- Heat the oil over a medium heat on the hob. Pan fry the beef in batches until browned all over. (Top tip, pat the beef dry first with kitchen paper, it will make it brown more easily.) If your slow cooker pan allows, you can do this straight into the pan, if not, use a frying pan and transfer to the slow cooker pan as it's browned.
- Add in all of the other ingredients. Put the lid on.
- Cook for HIGH 5 - 6 hours or LOW 8 - 9 hours.
Regular oven instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- Heat the oil over a medium heat on the hob, in an oven proof casserole or saucepan with a lid. Pan fry the beef in batches until browned all over. (Top tip, pat the beef dry first with kitchen paper, it will make it brown more easily.)
- Add in all of the other ingredients. NOTE: You will need to add an ADDITIONAL can of tomatoes if cooking in the oven. So TWO 400g cans.
- Put the lid on.
- Put in the oven for 2 hours (or 3 will be even better) until the meat is tender and soft. Check it half way and add a little water if the sauce is drying out.
Ellen Manning says
Now the darkness of winter is closing in, I’ve been looking for lovely warming recipes – this is just the ticket! Thanks 🙂
Uma Thangaraj says
What is Mixed Spice?
Sarah Barnes says
It’s a British blend of spices that’s sold ready mixed in jars. There’s a recipe for a homemade version here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/181605/mixed-spice If you’re in the USA it would be something like Pumpkin Pie Spice mix I think. Hope that helps.
Can i cook this in the slow cooker?
Definitely long slow cooking equals really tender beef.
How many syns please?
This would be sin free if meat and onions are dry fried or spray used sparingly.
I know you will know this by now, this is for those that don’t. ????????
Hello. When would you freeze this?
Sarah Barnes says
After it’s cooked, then just defrost and reheat!
Fantastic dish cooked it tonight added a few button mushrooms and 2 sticks of celery 10/10
Cath Alexander says
Loved this! Even on the hottest day of the year, it still felt summery.
Kay Pearce says
Absolutely delicious! I used a pressure cooker and was ready in 30mins. Added to my meal list by request of my family 😊
This was amazing and so easy. So flavoursome the whole family loved it. Thank you
Loved this, so quick and easy and tastes great
Made this tonight, absolutely delicious, more slow cooker recipes please xx
This was lovely but after 4 hours on high it was starting to burn and I needed to add water. Did I do something wrong?
Sarah Barnes says
Hi Liz, which slow cooker is it? Some are hotter than others I think!
This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make! It’s a definite hit with all the family. Thank you so much for another fantastic recipe 😘
The family absolutely loved it, so easy to make, thankyou
This was lush
Just chucked it in didn’t even brown the beef
Turned out great
Didn’t quite have all the ingredients but substituted some and it was delicious 😍
Delicious, another winner with the family. Absolutely love your recipes!! Thank you
No time for browning, chucked it all in and left on for 9 hours. Served with a loaf of crusty bread- devoured by all!