This Vegan Beef Stew recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, even your omnivore people will love it! 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.
That felt like fall.
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.
We love a recipe that results in leftovers, like a good veggie stew recipe!
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 meatless beef stew!
I can remember my mom making a 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, 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 the savory flavor of vegetarian stew recipes today! So, it makes sense that this Vegan Beefless Stew recipe brings it all home in such a healthy, satisfying way.
What You Need
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
- Baby carrots
- Red potatoes
- Vegetable broth
- Stewed tomatoes with juice
- Bay leaf
- Gardein Beefless Tips
- Optional: 1 tablespoon red 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.
Step One: Cook the Veggies
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.
Step Two: Add Broth + Other Ingredients + Simmer
Add the vegetable broth, drained corn, the whole can (with the juice of stewed tomatoes, and a bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.
Step Three: Brown Beefless Tips in a Skillet
Pour the second tablespoon of olive oil into 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.
Step Four: Add Beefless Tips to Stew + Simmer
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.
Optional: Add a tablespoon of red wine to the stew as it’s cooking. This adds a nice flavor to the finished stew.
Step Five: Serve
To serve vegetarian beef stew recipes, pour stew into bowls and allow to sit for a few minutes until cool enough to eat, yet still warm. Serve with sourdough bread and steamed veggies.
Expert Tips for Vegan Beef Stew
Use these tips and tricks to make this beefless beef stew perfect every time.
- I used Gardein beefless tips which worked perfectly!
- You can use frozen corn instead of canned.
- Be sure to remove the bay leaf before serving. 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!
- Veg stews are great served with crackers or crusty sourdough bread.
- 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.
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.
If you love this easy vegan stew, you’re going to fall head over heels for these:
Vegan Beef Stew
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
- 2 cups baby carrots chopped
- 3 to 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
- 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 the vegetable broth, drained corn, the whole can (with the juice) of stewed tomatoes, and a bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.
- Pour the second tablespoon of olive oil into 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.
- 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.
- Optional: Add a tablespoon of red wine to the stew as it's cooking. This adds a nice flavor to the finished stew.
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Enjoy this vegetarian beef soup recipe!