Spicy Beef Stew

Hearty comfort with a fiery side…

We love the pairing of traditional comfort foods with a little extra spicy kick. It satisfies so many cravings all at once. Take, for instance, this spicy beef stew recipe: It provides the hearty comfort food eating you’d expect with the heat pop of cayenne, paprika, and black pepper to boot. It makes your comfort stew something much more memorable while still be very simple to make.

Plan ahead – like many stews, spicy beef stew takes awhile to make. But it’s so worth it. Serve it with crusty bread. Or if you want to double up on the heat, try it with some jalapeño cornbread muffins. They are so easy to make and so yum.

If you like this recipe, you’re sure to love some of our other hearty options from our spicy recipe index. One of our favorites is this amazing jalapeño popper chicken soup. It’ll put a smile on your face no matter how you feel. Or for a fun twist on meatballs, give this Mexican meatball soup a try. Serve with a side of tortillas and you have a fun spicy meal. And for something just a little different (and just a little lighter) than spicy beef stew, take a chance on this Thai pumpkin soup.

spicy beef stew

Spicy Beef Stew

Hearty and fiery
3.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 servings
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 pound beef stew meat cut into cubes
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 4 carrots chopped into chunks
  • 4 medium potatoes cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • In soup pot over medium high, heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil, then brown the beef stew meat. Remove the meat from the soup pot and set to the side.
  • Place the remaining vegetable oil in the soup pot, then add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the beef back to the soup pot, then add the flour. Stir to coat for 1 minute.
  • Add the beef broth, cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, ground cloves, sugar, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat to low. Allow the soup to simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots. Continue to simmer the stew until the vegetables are cooked through (approximately 30 minutes).
  • Once vegetables are tender, add additional salt, pepper, cayenne, and/or paprika to taste, then serve.


Looking for more spice? Add an additional tablespoon of cayenne pepper for a significant jump, or opt for an additional teaspoon of paprika for a little extra simmer of spice.
Recipe adapted from Sweet Salty Tart.


Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 18gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 1517mgPotassium: 881mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5785IUVitamin C: 16.7mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 5.6mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 19, 2022 to include new content.
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