Vegan Beefless Stew

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. That felt like fall. When fall rolls around I start dishing out the soups, like this Vegan Minestrone. But today didn’t feel like a minestrone kind of day. I needed something more hearty. That’s why I’m sharing with you this recipe for Vegan Beefless Stew.

Vegan Beefless Stew - a hearty meal to warm up your winter days

We love a recipe that results in leftovers.

It’s seriously high on our list of qualities for a dish. Well, that, and taste too. I mean, what good are the leftovers if you don’t really like it that much?

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 beef stew.

I can remember my mom making beef stew; the aroma would make its way throughout the house so we all knew it was coming. Even though I was kind of a picky eater (not as picky as Shawn was in his childhood!), I still liked it when mom made beef stew. There’s nothing like the flavor of potatoes and carrots roasted in a savory sauce!

I make no apologies for creating and loving a vegan version of beef stew today.

I still like that savory stew flavor today and this Vegan Beefless Stew recipe brings it all home in such a healthy, satisfying way!

Shawn and I have 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.

So, why do vegans like 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.

Oh, and there’s leftovers too!

Vegan Beefless Stew

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Vegan Beefless Stew - a hearty meal to warm up your winter days
Vegan Beefless Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
You'll love this savory, easy-to-prepare Vegan Beefless Stew for chilly fall and winter nights. Make up a pot and enjoy leftovers throughout the week!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups baby carrots chopped
  • 3 -4 medium red potatoes scrubbed and chopped 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 wine
  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and cubed potatoes and cook about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are just starting to become tender.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, drained corn, the whole can (with juicof stewed tomatoes, and a bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour the second tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the Gardein Beefless Tips and stir until each piece is coated with oil. Cook over medium heat until each side is browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the browned beefless tips to the pot and continue simmering for another 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  5. Optional: Add a tablespoon of red wine to the stew as it's cooking. This adds a nice flavor to the finished stew.
Recipe Notes

We buy Gardein Beefless tips at Target, the health food section of our local grocery store, and health food stores.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Beefless Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 653mg 27%
Potassium 188mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 39g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 76.2%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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9 Responses to Vegan Beefless Stew

  1. Beef stew is amazing – we’ve made it before with seitan if I remember correctly. How do the Gardein beef chunks hold up to stewing?

    • Hi Allysia! The Gardein beef chunks hold up great after being cooked in the stew, and even after being refrigerated and reheated as leftovers. We’re pretty happy with it!

  2. I have many happy childhood memories of beef stew, too! And roast. All those filling, warm, wintry dishes. Yours looks delish. And I looove the video! 🙂

    • Thanks, Nichole! I will confess that we had help with that video! Lenny and Denise from ChoppedCon actually came and stayed with us a night and worked with us – giving tips and direction – on shooting and editing. It was a fun day!

      Also, so glad you like the sound of this stew. I agree – when you grow up eating certain dishes, it’s nice to find a way to replicate them in your vegan life too!

  3. A friend of mine made this for dinner, my whole family loved it, even the meat eaters.

    • Thanks for your feedback, Amy! I’m so glad to hear that. We’ve had the same experience here (sharing this stew with meat eaters who also loved it), but it’s so good to know you experienced that too.

  4. Do I thaw the beefless tips before browning them or use them frozen?

    • Hi Amanda. This is a great question and something I will add as a note to the recipe itself. You don’t have to thaw the beefless tips before browning them, but it will take a little longer. Usually we just let them sit out on the counter as we’re preparing everything else and they thaw out a little before we put them in the skillet. Hope this helps!

  5. We made this last night. The second dish from your site we’ve tried. And just like the first one….. Delicious. Thanks so much for your posts.


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