Guy Fawkes Stew served with a baked potato

A warming beef stew, with a spicy gunpowder kick, that is sure to warm and fortify the whole family on a cold November's evening (serves four).

This is recipe is also ideal for simmering in a slow cooker, which will make the meat much more tender. You will need adjust the cooking times in accordance with your slow cooker's instructions.


ingredients for Guy Fawkes Stew
  • 1.5 lb (675 grams) stewing beef
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 oz (15 grams) butter for frying
    (or use cooking oil if preferred)
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1/2 pint (250 ml) water
  • 1/2 oz (15 grams) corn flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

How to Make Guy Fawkes Stew

  1. Slice beef into small cubes.
  2. Peel and chop the onion. Peel and slice the carrots.
  3. Melt the butter in a large pan and fry off the onions for five minutes. Then add the beef cubes and fry until brown on all sides.
  4. Crumble the stock cube into 1/2 pint (250 ml) cold water. Stir in the corn flour, curry powder and chili powder. Pour over the meat, stir well, and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover and simmer in the pan for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more seasoning and/or chili powder as required.

Serving Suggestions

Serve hot with baked potatoes or mashed potatoes.

Other recipes to try: Lancashire Hot Pot | Somerset Casserole | Lamb Stew | Recipe Index

Recipe by Steve B

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