Maple Beef Stew

Maple Beef StewMaple Beef Stew

I was a winter bride, so it should come as no surprise that I wasn’t married for very long before my husband got a hankering for a hearty stew. Since neither of us had any good stew recipes up our sleeves at that time, we began to search for the perfect cookbook to aid in our culinary adventures. Our search ended when we came across Jenna Holst’s Stews: 200 Earthy, Delicious Recipes. Her book contains a wonderful collection of healthy stews from all around the world!

Over the years, we have had the pleasure of savoring several of Jenna’s stews! Today I am sharing our version of Jenna’s Quebec Maple Beef Stew, which fast became a family favorite!

This stew is as perfect for the cool crisp days of Autumn as it is for the bone-chilling days of Winter! There is something comforting in the knowledge that a nice hearty bowl of stew awaits you at the end of a long day. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Bon Appétit!


2 ½ Pounds Beef Cut Into 1 ½ Inch Cubes
3 Medium Leeks, White Part Only, Thinly Sliced
2-3 Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cut Into 1 Inch Cubes
3 Large Rutabagas, Peeled And Cut Into 3 Inch Cubes
1 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
*4 Cups Beef Broth
2 Tablespoons Dried Thyme Leaves
¾ Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

* We use Better Than Bouillon Beef Based (Reduced Sodium).


1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large stock pot and bring to a low boil, stirring regularly. Reduce to a simmer.

2. Simmer uncovered for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every half hour. If necessary, you can simmer off and on over the course of 2 days.

3. Simmer until the vegetables are cooked, the meat is falling apart, the liquid is reduced, and the mixture has thickened.

If the meat has fallen apart but the mixture is not thick enough, add 4 to 6 tablespoons of flour and let the mixture simmer for another 45 minutes until it has finished thickening.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with rice, biscuits, or with a dense, hearty bread. Serves 12.

Maple Beef Stew - Close-UpThick. Hearty. Healthy. Yum!

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  1. Froggy says:

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  2. Brenda says:

    Ramona, I love that you shared a Canadian recipe with us. :o) Wow, a full cup of maple syrup, that must taste absolutely amazing! I've never heard of maple syrup in stew but I LOVE the idea! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe on Cookbook Sundays and I hope you have a wonderful week.

  3. spinninglovelydays says:

    Looks absolutely sumptuous! 🙂
    Spinning Lovely Days

  4. momondealz says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

  5. Leah @ Beyer Beware says:

    My dad is going to love this. Maple syrup and a whole cup. I can't wait to share this with him. Come share it at my new blog hop I started called Hunk of Meat Monday

  6. Ruth says:

    you stew looks so yummy!!

  7. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    I'm so interested in this dish. What an interesting combination of ingredients. I bet this recipe has that wonderful savory/sweet ballance that is so scrumptious!

  8. Brenda says:

    This sounds delicious but I have never seen a rutabaga! I need to find out what they are!

  9. ☺lani☺ says:

    Whew, looks yum! Have a great day!

  10. Van (Vung) says:

    It's about five in the morning and your blog post is making me soooooooooo HUNGRY!

  11. girlichef says:

    Wow, this is so different…I'm so intrigued by the maple! Looks so comforting, thank you for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week!

  12. Melynda says:

    Looks like another great way to use leeks, my new favorite food to cook. Thanks.

  13. Cricket says:

    Doing the tag your it blog hop 🙂 Glad I did, love your blog and the beef stew is making me hungry…I love beef stew!

  14. The Sunny Side Walker says:

    Hi Ramona!

    This sounds like a wonderful twist on a very similar stew that I make. I will definitely give this a try…thanks for sharing!

    You visited my blog last week and wanted to know if I accept photos from other bloggers and link back to them…YES I DO!

    I tried to find an email address to contact you at but I couldn't access your blogger profile. Feel free to email me the photo(s) with any links and or bio info that you would like for me to include and that's it! I will contact you the week your photos will be featured! Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing from you soon!!!

    Jen Maddox

  15. Mel Cole says:

    Mmm, delicious recipe! I'm your new follower here.

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  16. DORCAS says:

    Always looking for a new beef stew recipe! Looks delicious and hearty! Thank you!

  17. April@The 21st Century Housewife says:

    This sounds delicious. We love stews, and I've never thought of using maple syrup, but I can see how it would make the gravy just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this; I've bookmarked it to try!

  18. Melissa Jackson says:

    Love the recipe! I follow you GFC. Please follow back at THANKS! =]]

  19. says:

    The adding of maple syrup caught my eye also, I'll have to try this recipe now I'm curious how it tastes! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Lyndsey says:

    It sure looks like this would satisfy you on a chlly day. Thanks for linking it to Talgating Time!

  21. My Baby's Green says:

    Great looking recipe-I hope to try it out!
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  22. Erin @ EKat's Kitchen says:

    I love the addition of Maple Syrup! This recipe sounds fantastic – I'll have to try sometime!

  23. Melissa says:

    This stew recipe looks great! Thanks for posting!
    Im one of your newest followers ~

  24. Christy says:

    I am trying to imagine a stew with maple syrup – it just sounds so interesting – I think my kids would love it. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  25. Lisa says:

    That maple syrup must add such a nice underlying flavor to the stew. Thanks for sharing this neat recipe.

  26. alicia says:

    Looks hearty and comforting about now. So glad you shared on tasty tuesdays. Hope you stop back with more favs.

  27. Pink Dandy Chatter says:

    Yum, sounds good!

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  28. KelseyA says:

    New GFC Follower from Follow Me Wednesday!

    Love your blog 🙂

  29. Christy says:

    what a delicious stew…i can just taste the yummy maple syrup. thank you for linking this fall goodness up to tuesday night supper club!

  30. Natasha says:

    There is nothing like a hearty stew on a cold winter's night! I wish it was cold here now instead of Summer! Please have a big serving of this yummy stew for me.

    Best wishes,

  31. Sandra says:

    Yum, I just bet that maple syrup makes it even better.

  32. Martha (MM) says:

    This really does look and sound wonderful!! I'm definitely bookmarking for meal for a chilly night, how perfect! Thanks for linking it up to Tailgating Time. Hope we see you again this coming Sunday! 🙂

  33. Cheerful says:

    looks yummy and the recipe looks great…happy weekend! 🙂

  34. Krystal says:

    Maple Syrup. . .my husband would love this!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Saturday's Party! hope to see you next week! (I guess that would be tomorrow, since I'm slow this week. . .)

    -Krystal @

  35. Donna says:

    I'm in love!! This sounds AWESOME!! Cozy AND FALL! 🙂

  36. Couscous & Consciousness says:

    Wow – the maple syrup is such an unusual ingredient, but I bet it's fantastic.
    Sue 🙂

  37. ButterYum says:

    I can honestly say I don't think I've ever seen a recipe calling for maple syrup and beef together. Very interesting. Happy FF.


  38. Debinhawaii says:

    I love maple syrup and think it sounds delicious in this hearty stew. Thanks so much for joining in at Souper Sundays this week. Hope to have you back again!



  39. Malia says:

    I love this spin on stew. Maple syrup and rutabagas? I have never cooked anything with a rutabaga! I'd love to try with this recipe. What a funblog you have… what's all this "blog candy" about?

    Thanks for joining us at A Crafty Soiree… hope you share again on Thursday (-:

  40. Daphne says:

    My mom always makes the best beef stew. I dunno what she adds into it but they're really delicious!

  41. Melissa says:

    Ooooh, that looks amazing! I can’t wait to fire up the crock pot this season and give that one a try. Thanks! Visiting you from the Time Travel.

  42. carolinaheartstrings says:

    Wow does that look fantastic. You always have such great recipes!. We are celebrating our first anniversary. We are having our very first give away with some fantastic prizes. Come visit and check them out.

  43. Yum! This looks wonderful!

    Stopping from Time Travel Tuesday a day late!

  44. Carolyn Dube says:

    This looks delicious- I can’t wait to try it!!

  45. Beef and maple sounds like an intriguing combo, but I bet its tasty! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  47. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Oh wow, this one sounds delicious for nice cool Sunday dinner with a small salad on the side. mmmm

  48. This sounds out of this world good!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  49. Carol says:

    sounds delicious!

  50. I love the idea of the sweetness of the maple. Happy New Year. #CreativeMondays

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