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Classic beef stew with mash

Total Time
2 hr 35 min
15 min
2 hr 20 min
As it bubbles on the stove, the meat in this slow-cooked stew becomes so tender it will melt in your mouth.


Raw beef

500 g, diced

Olive oil

2 tsp

Brown onion

1 medium, chopped

Plain flour

1½ tbs

Tomato paste

1 tbs

Canned diced tomatoes

400 g

Beef stock

1 cup(s), (250ml)


2 medium, halved, thickly sliced

Green string beans

150 g, trimmed, halved

Orange sweet potato (kumara)

600 g, (kumara), peeled, chopped

Skim milk

¼ cup(s), (60ml)

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Lightly spray a large non-stick saucepan with oil and heat over hight heat. Cook the beef, in 2 batches, for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat the oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until softened. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Return the beef to the pan with the tomato paste, tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots and simmer for 1 hour. Add the beans and simmer a further 10 minutes or until the beef and vegetables are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave sweet potato until tender. Drain. Mash sweet potato in a large bowl with milk until smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the stew with the mash.