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Cheap & Spicy Beef Stew with Beans

This cheap beef stew is spicy, healthy and packed full of delicious Branston beans! It’s a very easy and flavourful meal, costing only about £15 to feed 4 people! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Keyword cheap beef stew, spicy beef beans, spicy beef stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Sisley White
Cost £15


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 red onions diced
  • 500 grams diced beef
  • 1 glug red wine optional
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 fresh red chilli pepper or to taste
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 300 ml hot water
  • 2 tins tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 glug Worcestershire sauce or to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 150° Celsius.
  • In a casserole dish over medium heat, add the oil and red onion.
  • When the red onion is soft, add the beef and let it brown.
  • When the beef is cooked on most sides, add the wine, carrots, potatoes and chilli.
  • Once the vegetables start to soften, add the stock cubes and water. When it starts to boil, add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and thyme.
  • Cover the dish and place in the oven for 1 ½ hours. Add the Branston beans, re-cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Serve hot with potatoes or dumplings.


If serving with dumplings, add them with the beans.