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Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce (Estofado de Res)

This Beef Stew is full of flavor, filling and comforting. The recipe is easy to follow and perfect for a winter meal.

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Colombians love Estofados. We make them with chicken, fish, beef and pork served over white rice to soak the delicious sauce.  This Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce (Estofado de Res) is very rich, with the tomato sauce base adding a sweetness to the dish.

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Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce Recipe (Estofado de Res)

Erica Dinho

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 1 hr

Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Course Main dish

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 servings

Calories 1281 kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless beef for stew cut into 2” x 2” cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 large carrots slice crosswise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and cut into small chunks


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and cook for about 4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.

  • Coat the beef chunks with the flour and add to the pot, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

  • Add the tomato sauce, beef stock, bay leaf, salt, cumin powder and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low, cover and let it cook for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the meat is tender.

  • Add the potatoes and carrots. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

  • Serve with white rice.


Calories: 1281kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 81gFat: 74gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 62275mgPotassium: 2463mgFiber: 5gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 5367IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 227mgIron: 9mg

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This dish is a bowl of pure dish comfort loaded with flavor. Best of all, it’s easy to put together!

Tips to Make this Beef Stew

I recommend using a chuck roast to make beef stew and cutting the pieces at home. I don’t like to use pre-cut stew meat sold at the stores, sometimes is not the best quality.

If the beef stew isn’t as thick as you’d like, just simmer it on the stove until it reaches the right consistency. Cooking over low heat will allow the flavors to blend together and make the beef tender. Make sure you cook it for about 1 hour or until the meat is soft.

To store transfer the leftover stew to an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

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More Stew Recipes to try

Sudado de Albóndigas (Meatball Stew)

Sudado de Pollo (Chicken Stew)

Guisado de Camarones (Shrimp in Creole Tomato Sauce)

About Erica Dinho

My name is Erica and I was born and raised in Colombia and now live in the northeastern United States with my husband and family. This blog was inspired by my grandmother, Mamita, who was an amazing traditional Colombian cook.

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