There's nothing as delicious to me as the smell of rich beef stew cooking on the range. We were testing this dish last week in the weelicious kitchen, and every time anyone wandered in, the first thing all of them would say is, "what's that smell?!” There's just something so comforting and homey to almost everyone about beef stew. And it's the perfect choice for babies just starting solids because it's packed with iron from the beef and tons of flavor from the veggies.

That being said, while I came up with this recipe for babies, it’s appeal seems to have even more wide-reaching appeal. Kenya is almost 2 1/2 and he ate this puree for dinner 2 nights in a row! And when a friend of mine saw it in the fridge, she asked if she could bring some home to serve to her family spread on crackers like a pate. I do realize the picture above desn’t necessarily look like something you'd dream of serving to your baby (or yourself for that matter), but it is serious good eating!

We used these to make this recipe_


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Baby Beef Stew (Makes 10 Baby Servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 115 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1/2 pound beef chuck boneless roast, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 Tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot or 10 Baby Carrots, peeled and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Medium Yukon Gold Potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Cup water


1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium/high heat.

2. Add the beef chunks and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown.

3. Add the onions, carrots, potatoes and water.

4. Stir the ingredients and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the beef and vegetables are tender.

5. Puree in a food processor until smooth or desired texture for your baby.

6. Serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Colleen

    THANK YOU! I just fed this to my 10 month old and he liked it. He's been pushing back on the fingerfoods so I was thrilled to make this (with no salt or canned goods). Ahh, now i just need to find more of this type of recipe- exciting for me and edible for him. thank you so much!

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  • Jennifer

    Does this freeze well?

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  • Steph

    I have this cooking right now, it smells yummy... hope baby enjoys!

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  • Kiki

    What's a heavy bottom pot?

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  • Eggie

    Baby (8months old) loved the taste but not the texture. He had a few bites though! I'll try again next week, see wether he can get used to it.

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  • Chrystal

    This might be silly, but can this be frozen?

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  • I like the recipe ...thank you

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  • Junglerat

    I am a big fan of kids eating similar to adults as they grow older. This recipe is great

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