Slow-simmered beef ragout

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2 hrs 15 min


10 cups

* PLUS Preparation time: 15 minutes
Slow-simmered beef ragout

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Chunks of succulent stewed beef in a tomato-and-green olive sauce make this dish rich and flavourful.


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.25 to 1.5 kg stewing beef
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , or 2 1/2 tsp bottled minced garlic
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 796-mL can diced tomatoes
  • 284-mL can undiluted chicken broth
  • 1 cup pimento-stuffed or pitted green olives
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp hot red-chili flakes


  • In a bowl or plastic bag, stir flour with salt. Cut beef into bite-size pieces, if necessary. Add to flour mixture, a few pieces at a time. Toss to evenly coat, then shake off excess flour. Save any remaining flour. Lightly coat a large wide saucepan with oil and set over medium heat. When hot, add one-third of meat. Cook until lightly browned on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes in total. Remove to bowl of slow cooker. Repeat with remaining meat, in 2 batches, adding more oil as needed.
  • Meanwhile, mince garlic and coarsely chop onions. Once all meat is browned, add onions and garlic to saucepan. Sprinkle with leftover flour mixture. Stir often 2 minutes. Gradually stir in wine. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up and stir in brown bits from pan bottom. Stir in tomatoes, broth, olives, sugar, thyme and chili flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Then pour into bowl of slow cooker. Cover and cook until meat is fork tender, about 5 hours on high setting or 8 hours on low setting.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 177,
  • Protein
  • 19.1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.9 g,
  • Fat
  • 7 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.9 g,
  • Sodium
  • 640 mg.

From the freezer

Seal in a plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 1 month. Defrost and reheat in microwave or stove-top. Spoon over mashed potatoes.


Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Reheat with chopped fresh tomatoes and parsley. Toss with your favourite noodles.


Great over couscous or with mashed potatoes.