by Olena

Quinoa Stew with Beef

by Olena

4.8 from 6 reviews

Quinoa Stew with Beef

I grew up with grandma’s steaming bowl of stew that would make my fingers sticky and smell like garlic. My husband grew up with the same stew on another side of the continent, 9,000 kms away. It tells me beef stew was an Eastern European traditional dish that fills your house and clothes with a stew smell.

The same sweet smell of onions crawls from a neighbours’ house into my garage every morning I open it to take kids to school. I know exactly when grandma is cooking dinner. I find many immigrants cooking dinner first thing in the morning and some of them having it for breakfast. I remember my relatives eating borscht for breakfast, accompanied by a slice of rye bread, a clove of garlic and a shot of vodka. And then probably went to work. True stories…Who needs therapy?!:)Quinoa Stew with Beef in skillet

I had all intentions to make a traditional beef stew with potatoes, just to find out I was out of potatoes. Quinoa stew it is and it was amazing! My kids are not huge fans of quinoa, depends on the sauce. This kind of quinoa they ate no problem. 4 year old squeezed some organic ketchup on top. OMG, even a layer is fine, just eat it!

Note, I love adding a bit of garlic at the end. It adds a depth of flavour, different from cooked garlic. But you don’t have to if you prefer very mild garlic taste. I’m Ukrainian, so garlic all the way.

Enjoy this healthy quinoa stew!


Clean Eating Beef Quinoa Stew

beef quinoa stew recipe

4.8 from 6 reviews

Quinoa Stew with Beef means tender beef, hearty quinoa in this saucy gluten free dinner ready in an hour. Make if craving stew.

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  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 lbs eye of round beef roast, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup dill or parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat large deep skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and carrots, cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Return skillet to medium – high heat and add beef, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown, stirring as necessary. If your meat releases a lot of juices and water, just increase heat and let it cook off. Watch closely not to burn.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together chicken stock and cornstarch, pour over meat. Add previously cooked onion and carrots, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. In the meanwhile, cook quinoa as per package instructions.
  4. When meat is ready, add garlic powder or freshly crushed garlic, and stir. This adds a depth of flavour. Discard bay leaves and peppercorns. Add cooked quinoa, peas and fresh herbs, gently stir and serve warm.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop with a splash of water covered on low.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I made this once and it was delicious. I want to make it again using my crockpot, how would you change recipe? I would probably cook quinoa separately and add at the end, right? Thank you!

        1. I would cook meat in 1 cup broth and then add slurry with cornstarch at the end and simmer until thickened. I would think 4 hours on High or 8 hours on Low.

  2. This is delicious! I like beef barley stew but was searching for a good gluten-free version to make for a potluck. I got many compliments on this!

  3. If I use an ista pot should I cook the quinoa first or just follow the recipe as shown without increasing the liquid. Thank you! This looks yummy

  4. Made this tonight. Although I didn’t have chicken stock, I substituted for beef! So yummy, even my stepson licked the plate! Haha.

  5. We have just started eating healthy and love your recipes. For this quinoa beef stew, would it be possible to cook the stew in an instant pot?

  6. Absolutely delicious! I left out the peppercorn (simply because I didn’t have any and it still tasted amazing, I can only imagine how much better it would be with…if that is even possible! This is not the first recipe I tried, and just to say that my entire family loves every dish! They have been made well aware of this site…as I cannot take the credit for it, and trust me when I say that I’ve been telling my entourage about these tasty dishes too…I love the fact that you use real, whole foods! <3

    All this to say: Thank you so much for sharing your amazing creations!

    1. Peppercorns just add a bit of flavor. You can use more ground black pepper.:) Awe, you are so welcome, Christine! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes!

  7. YUM. Another delicious recipe! I don’t know how you do it, but your recipes have SO much flavor! I had plenty of liquid, so next time I’m going to add the quinoa to the stew directly. But so yummy!!!

    1. Hi Deb. Haha thank you. I’m just as natural in the kitchen as much as I suck in accounting. I love cooking!!! Glad you enjoyed it. Just a note adding quinoa to stew directly to cook you will need to add more water. That liquid is on purpose to put over quinoa to make it super saucy.

  8. I’m excited to try this tonight! My family is from Poland and stew has always been a staple in our diets. My earliest memories of my grandmother was of her making stew. I’m recovering from a surgery, so this might just be the comfort food I need!

    1. I hope you feel better soon!!! True, stew is such an Eastern European dish. My grandma made it every other week if we had meat. With no peas though because they were scarce. Enjoy!

  9. OMG this was so good, made for dinner tonight and was so tasty. I just started eating healthy so foods for me have been hits and misses lately this was a major hit.

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