Some recipes that use stew meat are old-time beef stew and Irish beef stew. Along with stewing beef, the recipes call for broth or water, vegetables, herbs and spices.
To make old-time beef stew, begin by browning 2 pounds of stewing beef in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 sliced onion, 1 clove of garlic, and 1 or 2 bay leaves to the pot. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika and a dash of ground allspice. Simmer covered for 90 minutes before removing the garlic clove and bay leaves and adding 3 chopped carrots and 3 sliced celery ribs. Continue to cook for 40 more minutes. Mix the cornstarch with water, and add the mixture to the stew to thicken it.
To make Irish stew, start by browning the meat, but add salt and 6 minced garlic cloves as well. After the meat has browned, add 4 cups of beef stock, 2 cups of water, 1 cup of Guinness Extra Stout and 1 cup of red wine. Stir in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a few bay leaves. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Meanwhile, sauté 1 chopped onion and 3 chopped carrots in 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the onion mixture to the stew along with 3 pounds of diced potatoes. Cook the stew for another 40 minutes.