Stifado | Greek Beef Stew

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Stifado | Greek beef stew a delicious Greek soup to make during the winter months

This Greek stew is absolutely delicious and hearty. The key to Stifado (stee-FAH-thoh) is the time that is required to make it. It’s a slow process and made with love. If you’re looking for a quick Greek dish to serve, this may not be the right recipe for you (it’s okay, we’ve got others!). However, if you have some time, I promise you’ll love it.

What Jane and I love about this recipe, is that the beef becomes so tender and infused with the delicious flavors, eating it becomes an event in itself. You’ll each bit and thoroughly enjoy  all the seasonings.

This Stifado recipe isn’t just reserved for cold winter months. We make this Greek Stifado all year around.

Give it a try and let us know how yours turns out!

Stifado | Greek beef stew

Stifado | Greek Beef Stew

Kenton & Jane
A great simple Greek stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Blog
Cuisine Greek
Servings 5


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb beef cut into squares
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Sea salt
  • 2 medium onions cut into large pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed
  • 2 vine tomatoes chopped in to pieces
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can 14.5 ounces beef broth
  • 1 can of water*
  • Pepper


  • Heat deep pot on medium heat, coating pan with olive oil.
  • Lightly coat meat in flour and sprinkle with Sea salt.
  • Add to hot pot, brown on all sides.
  • Once browned, remove from pot.
  • Add a bit more olive oil to pot.
  • Add onions and garlic, cook for 2 mins.
  • Stir in chopped tomatoes, cook for another 2 mins.
  • Add wine and cook for 4 mins or until slightly reduced.
  • Add cinnamon, oregano, day leaf, beef broth (fill can with water and add, too).*
  • Add meat back in pot.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low heat for 1.5-2hrs, until meat is tender.
  • Season with Sea salt and pepper before serving if needed.


*We add the can of water because we like the stew with a bit more liquid. If you prefer less liquid, don't add the water. Also, if you’d like your onions on the fire side, add them in with 1hr remaining.

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Lemon & Olives is a husband and wife team exploring the Mediterranean (Diet) Lifestyle, Greek foods, Greek Culture, History and all things Greece.

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