This vegan beef stew recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, even your omnivore people will love it! Tender vegan beef pieces are added to a beefy broth with potatoes and carrot. Hearty vegan stew recipes are perfect for meal prepping, so make a batch on the weekend and enjoy the leftovers throughout the week.
Fall just descended on our doorsteps today. Actually, it’s been building up to it for a bit, with the whole leaf-changing-colors thing, but today, stepping out the door this morning to walk the dogs, it was downright chilly outside.
And when fall rolls around I start dishing out the soups, like Vegan Minestrone. But today didn’t feel like a minestrone kind of day. I needed something more hearty. That’s why I’m sharing this recipe for Vegan Beefless Stew.
So when you fix a recipe like this Vegan Beefless Stew that’s both tasty and creates some leftovers for the week – you know you’ve got a winner.
Why Vegans Like Stew
There have been some people over the years who’ve questioned me for recreating vegan versions of dishes from my childhood. As if we make the leap to becoming vegan and we have to give up everything we loved from our past? Whatever!
I make no apologies for loving meatless beef stew!
So, why do vegans like meatless stew? I don’t know. Maybe for the same reason anyone likes stew. Because it’s savory, comfort food perfect for fall (and winter) nights.
I make no apologies for creating and loving a vegan version of beef stew today!
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Olive oil — Any vegetable oil will due, but I prefer using olive oil.
- Aromatics — I add a chopped onion and 2 or 3 cloves of minced garlic.
- Veggies — We’ll be using chopped carrots, potatoes, and corn (I use a 15-ounce can of corn).
- Vegetable broth — I’m picky about vegetable broth so I recommend using Better than Bouillon Vegetable Broth combined with water.
- Canned Tomatoes — You’ll need a 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes. You can use fire-roasted for even more oomph to the flavor.
- Bay leaf — This magical leaf adds subtle savory flavor to stews while they’re cooking.
- Beefless Tips — I love using Gardein beefless tips for this stew. You can find these at many stores these days (health food stores, Target, Walmart, etc.).
- Wine — I love the flavor wine adds to a stew. If you agree, you can add a little bit of red or white wine.
How to Make Vegan Beef Stew
I’ve been perfecting a vegan version of vegan beefless stew over the years and I think it tastes pretty darn good. We liked it so much we made a video about it too.
- Cook onions, carrots, and potatoes in an oiled pot until just becoming tender.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the vegetable broth, corn, tomatoes, and a bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.
- Cook beefless tips in an oiled skillet over medium heat until browned.
- Add the browned beefless tips to the pot and continue simmering for another 15 to 20 minutes.
- Optional: Add a tablespoon of red or white wine to the stew as its cooking.
- To serve, let the stew cool slightly. Remove the bay leaf and transfer servings to soup bowls.
Store leftover stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months.
How to Make Stews Thicker
If you prefer your stew to be nice and thick, here are some tips to get there:
- Mash a few of the potatoes — Potatoes are excellent thickeners because they’re so starchy. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash some of the potatoes and stir it around.
- Add a cornstarch slurry — Combine a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water. Stir the two together, then pour it into the soup as it simmers.
- Add mashed beans — Beans are a great way of adding fiber and texture to your stews. You can add up to a cup of mashed beans. I prefer using a white bean like cannelloni beans. Transfer them to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water. Then transfer this thick paste to the soup and stir until combined.
- Flour Slurry — Add one tablespoon of flour to a bowl and then stir in a couple of tablespoons of the hot broth with the flour. This creates a thick slurry. Stir that into your stew and watch it transform into a thick, delicious sauce!
- You can use frozen corn instead of canned.
- Be sure to remove the bay leaf before serving. Oh, and what’s the point of a bay leaf? I love this article on adding a bay leaf to savory dishes!
- If you don’t want to use beefless tips, substitute cooked mushrooms to create a mushroom stew recipe. It’s very tasty!
- Cook the stew in a crockpot for even more cooked in flavor. Vegan stew slow cooker recipes are amazing time savers!
- Beef stew without beef is possible in more ways than using beefless tips, you can substitute veggie crumbles for more of a “hamburger stew” type recipe.
How do you make vegan recipes taste beefy?
You can add a beefy flavor to any dish by adding soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, or even a dash of red wine. Adding smoky seasonings like chipotle, smoked paprika, or even cumin can add a beefy flavor. Finally, cooking with mushrooms, shallots, and garlic work, too.
What can I substitute for beef broth in stew?
You can use vegetable broth, mushroom broth, or even a no-beef broth bouillon. Adding wine to your broth, especially red wine, will add flavor.
What meat substitutes are good for stew?
There are a variety of beef substitutes you can use to create vegan beef stew. These include seitan (referred to as wheat meat), tempeh, lentils, and black beans.
Serve bowls of hot vegan stew with any of the following:
- Vegan Dinner Rolls
- No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread
- Vegan Breadsticks
- A side of Vegan Caesar Salad is always nice.
More Vegan Soup Recipes
If you love this easy vegan beef stew, you’re going to fall head over heels for these soup and stews:
Looking for something else? Here’s over 20 Vegan Soup Recipes to try!
Vegan Beef Stew
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 2 cups chopped potatoes ( scrub potatoes and chop into ½" cubes)
- 34 oz vegetable broth
- 15 oz can corn drained
- 15 oz can stewed tomatoes with juice
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 package Gardein Beefless Tips
- Optional: 1 tablespoon red or white wine. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into a dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and cubed potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are just starting to become tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the vegetable broth, drained corn, stewed tomatoes (with the juice), and a bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.
- Pour the second tablespoon of olive oil into a skillet over medium heat. Add the beefless tips and stir until each piece is coated with oil. Cook over medium heat until each side is browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the browned beefless tips to the pot and continue simmering for another 15 to 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the bay leaf before serving. See notes below for thickening the stew. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional: Add a tablespoon of red or white wine to the stew as it's cooking. This adds a nice flavor to the finished stew.
- To serve, let the stew cool slightly. Transfer servings to soup bowls and serve with dinner rolls or crusty bread.
- Store leftover stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2022.