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Jamaican Beef Stew With Rice

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Most beef stews are rich in flavor, but this Jamaican Beef Stew is so much more than that. It also packs in some veggies and has just the perfect balance of seasonings and textures, making it a great choice for someone who loves to enjoy home-cooked meals.

Jamaican Beef Stew

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Delicious and Worth the Effort: My family loved this Jamaican-style beef stew recipe with rice when I tried it the last time, and it was worth the effort.
  • Convenient: The best part about this recipe, in my opinion, is the fact that it is not only protein-rich but can also be prepped well in advance, which makes it an excellent weekday meal option.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Boneless Beef Stew Meat: The main protein, it’s hearty and absorbs the stew’s flavors well.
  • Onion, Baby Carrots, Red and Green Peppers, Jalapenos: Add color, texture, and a mix of sweet and spicy flavors to the stew.
  • Minced Garlic: Adds a savory punch that complements the beef.
  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes: Lend a smoky flavor and rich tomato base to the stew.
  • Pineapple Juice: Adds a hint of tropical sweetness that balances the heat.
  • Beef or Chicken Stock: Provides the liquid base for the stew, enhancing its flavor.
  • Allspice, Cinnamon, Hot Pepper Sauce, Thyme, Bay Leaves: Give the stew a warm, aromatic, and traditional Jamaican flavor profile.
  • Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Steak Sauce: Create a sweet, tangy, and savory sauce that coats the beef.
  • Cooked Long-Grain White Rice: Serves as a fluffy, neutral base that soaks up the stew’s flavors.
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper: Basic seasonings to enhance all other flavors.
  • Green Onions: Adds a pop of color and slight oniony flavor.
Jamaican Beef Stew with Rice

How To Make Jamaican Beef Stew With Rice?

Step One: Prep The Dutch Oven

In a Dutch oven add the olive oil and heat over medium to high heat.

Step Two: Season Beef And Cook

Season beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to Dutch oven and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Step Three: Add The Veggies And Cook

Add the onions, peppers, carrots, jalapenos, and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook this for 10 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

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Step Four: Add The Fire Roasted Tomatoes And Simmer

Add the fire-roasted tomatoes to the beef mixture, and toss to combine.

Step Five: Add The Seasonings

Add the chicken broth, ground allspice, cinnamon, hot pepper sauce, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and steak sauce. Stir to combine.

Step Six: Cover The Dutch Pot And Cook

Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Adjust seasoning if needed. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour. Garnish and serve with rice.

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Cooking Tips

  • Tomato Variation: While this recipe calls for the use of fire-roasted tomatoes, you can use your favorite simple diced tomatoes too.
  • Herbs Removal: If you want, you can also remove the bay leaves and the thyme from the stew before you serve it.
  • Flavor Boosters: I also like to add some extra carrots and garlic into the stew- I find that they just add so much more flavor, to the stew.
  • Slow Cook Without Dutch Oven: For Jamaican beef stew without a Dutch oven, use your slow cooker or Crock Pot to meld flavors beautifully. Slow cooker meals ensure tender beef and rich, spicy aromas.

Optional

  • Hot Sauce: To make the Jamaican beef stew with more spicy heat, you can add a dash of hot sauce into it!
  • Irish Potatoes: Peeled and cut Irish potatoes can also be a wonderful addition to this meat stew. Make sure you cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes so that they are all cooked perfectly.
  • Jerk Chicken: Adding jerk chicken to your Jamaican beef stew recipe adds a smoky, spicy twist that complements the rich flavors. Shred it and add it during the last hour of cooking to infuse the stew with its distinctive Caribbean zest.

Substitutions

  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper: I’ve used jalapenos for this recipe, but you can also use scotch bonnet pepper instead.
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Storage Instructions

  • Cool: Allow your Jamaican stew beef to cool down.
  • Refrigeration: Transfer the cooled stew into a small covered bowl or an airtight container and refrigerate. This can be kept for up to 2 days.
  • Reheating: When ready to enjoy, reheat the stew in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Jamaican Festival Bread: These sweet fried dumplings make for a tasty and satisfying side.
  • Instant Pot Feta Pasta: Enjoy a fusion of flavors by pairing creamy feta pasta with spicy Jamaican beef stew, for a delightful contrast that’s sure to please your palate.
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FAQ’S

Can I Prep The Jamaican Beef Stew Ahead of Time?

You sure can! This delicious stew packs in delicious Jamaican flavors, and is a great protein rich recipe that you need to make more of.
You can prepare the stew ahead of time and refrigerate or even freeze it if you want to.

Jamaican Beef Stew

Jamaican Beef Stew with Rice

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Enjoy a hearty Jamaican Beef Stew with rice, packed with spicy, slow-cooked beef and veggies.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef stew meat diced into small 1⁄2 chunks.
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby carrots, sliced
  • 1 red and green peppers, seeds removed and diced.
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 ( 14.5 oz ) fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups chicken stock or beef stock
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp steak sauce, such as A-1
  • 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely chopped green onions

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven add the olive oil and heat over medium to high heat.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to Dutch oven and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the onions, peppers, carrots, jalapenos, and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook this for 10 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes to the beef mixture, and toss to combine.
  5. Add the chicken broth, ground allspice, cinnamon, hot pepper sauce, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and steak sauce. Stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Adjust seasoning if needed. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour. Garnish and serve with rice.

Notes

  • Tomato Variation: While this recipe calls for the use of fire-roasted tomatoes, you can use your favorite simple diced tomatoes too.
  • Herbs Removal: If you want, you can also remove the bay leaves and the thyme from the stew before you serve it.
  • Flavor Boosters: I also like to add some extra carrots and garlic into the stew- I find that they just add so much more flavor, to the stew.
  • Slow Cook Without Dutch Oven: For Jamaican beef stew without a Dutch oven, use your slow cooker like Crock Pot to meld flavors beautifully. Slow cooker meals ensure tender beef and rich, spicy aromas with patience.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 721mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 67g

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