Spanish Beef Stew with Olives



Serving size

about 2 cups
120 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied and makes great leftovers.

Serve with Brown Rice or Couscous

Spanish Beef Stew with Olives


1 tsp. Olive oil
1 large White onions (sliced)
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp., leaves Dried oregano
2 clove Garlic, raw (peeled)
16 ounces Beef top round (or flank steak or other lean stew meat)(diced)
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper
6 large Green olives (green olives, thinly sliced)
1 medium whole (2-3/5 inch dia) Tomatoes (cut into wedges)
2 Tbsp. No salt added tomato paste
2 cups No salt added vegetable stock (or no salt added chicken or beef stock)
2 cup Water


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Place the olive oil in large sauce pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions begin to soften. Add the paprika, oregano, whole garlic cloves and stew beef. Cook until the beef is lightly browned. Add the salt, pepper, olives, tomato, tomato sauce, stock and water. Stir.

Cover the pot and place it in the oven. Cook for 2 hours, stirring about every 30 minutes. Remove the garlic cloves before serving over the couscous or brown rice.

Serve this recipe with one of these starch side dishes.

Brown Rice

In a medium sauce pan, heat the water and salt. When the water boils, stir in the brown rice. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 40-45 minutes. Do not boil away all of the liquid and do not stir the rice. When a very small amount of…


Place water and salt in a medium sized pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add couscous, stirring once. Cover and let stand for five minutes. As the couscous is cooking, place the oil in a small non-stick sauté pan over medium heat.…

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Stews are great. It’s just that simple. You can throw it all in a pot, put the pot on to cook and two hours later you have dinner. The great thing is that this is so versatile and this is typified by the fact that every culture has hundreds of stew recipes.

Most folks think that stews are not healthy but this really isn’t the case. Start with lean meats like top round, flank steak or bottom round. Trim the excess fat carefully before starting the stew and you’ll end up with a dish that’s not greasy and great for you.

"Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread - there may be."

David Gayson, Journalist