A few days ago there was a discounted package of stew beef at the store that will make two pots of stew for us. There really isn't any recipe for beef stew. If it has beef and is a stew it is beef stew. Today our beef stew has stew beef, red potatoes (also marked down), turnips (also marked down), carrots, onions, mushrooms (on sale), garlic, salt, pepper and a packet of beef stew mix (beef bouillon and your own herbs and spices would work fine) . Mine is in the crock pot but you can make it on the stove top, of course. I will likely thicken it some with some cornstarch and water later. Simple but so good.