Birthright Stew

Birthright Stew

For those of you who have been following my recipes for a few years – this one should be familiar. I like to call it “Birthright Stew” – I will tell you why soon…


This recipe is a glorious combination of a few pounds of deliciously over-sized chuck roast stew meat chunks, tomatoes of some sort (whether sauce, paste or crushed), a good red wine and a host of fresh, flavorful veggies and herbs. Put it all in a pot, cover it with a lid and place it in an oven for 5 hours on 250°. It is the perfect meal on a chilly, drizzly & overcast day!!


Well, today is sunny, warm and windy – but I just had to make it! It is one of my all-time favorites. Very simple & you get the bonus of a mouth-watering aroma filling up every crevasse of your home as this stew simmers away, unattended.


I named this stew “Birthright Stew” in an effort to bring the Biblical story of two rivaling bothers alive. I have always wondered, how hungry must Esau have been to do such a foolish thing as sell his birthright for a bowl of red stew. And for that matter, how great of a cook must Jacob have been — he was paid an entire birthright for ONE bowl of this red stew. 


what’s in a name?

What great conversations we have with the kiddos while smelling and eating…Birthright Stew. Patience, kindness, honesty – generosity, trickery, jealousy & lack of trust in God. All big topics — and every single one has been discussed while eating this red stew. If you want to know the whole story, read Genesis 25:19-34. But here is the central idea:

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.


Tonight’s dinner conversation centered around which brother was at fault. When asked the question of which brother was at fault – Kade and Brody answered at the exact same time, but one shouted “Esau!!” and the other shouted “Jacob!!”. Well, that pretty much sums it up. I told them – they indeed were both right… “But how??” they asked. They wanted to understand, all the while Gracie was yelling, “Read momma! Keep reading the story!”

I encourage you to have these same wonderful conversations, over a bowl of “Birthright Stew” and some interesting chapters of Genesis. Now, if only I had a recipe for manna!

Birthright Stew
Serves 8
"Birthright Stew" is a tasty beef stew, full of herbs, veggies with a red wine & tomato base. You can have a bowl, but it may cost ya!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 20 min
549 calories
55 g
141 g
11 g
54 g
4 g
640 g
1070 g
7 g
1 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 549
Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 141mg
Sodium 1070mg
Total Carbohydrates 55g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 7g
Protein 54g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2-3 lbs beef chuck roast stew meat, (about 2" in size)
  2. 1 bunch of parsley (I had some of Italian and curly- so I used both), chopped
  3. 10-12 springs of fresh thyme, left on the stem and tied with baker's twine
  4. 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 4-5 celery stalks, chopped
  7. 4-5 medium carrots, chopped (don't peel the carrots - just rinse clean)
  8. 10 crimini mushrooms, wiped clean and quartered (stems are edible so leave them on)
  9. 1 leek, thinly sliced and rinsed
  10. 10-12 small potatoes
  11. 10 oz red wine
  12. 16 oz beef broth
  13. 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  14. 2 T flour
  15. 1 1/2 t applewood smoked sea salt
  16. 2 t dry ranch seasoning
  17. 1/2 t seasoned salt
  18. 1 t fresh ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 250°. In a large dutch oven, add herbs, veggies & meat. Pour wine, broth & crushed tomatoes over the meet and veggies. Add seasonings & flour and stir to combine. Cover with lid and place in oven for unto 5* hours on 250°.
  2. Remove from the oven...stir around to find the tied up thyme (discard) and serve - serves 8-10 people.
  1. *Don't have 5 hours? That's okay, crank the oven up to 350° and reduce cooking time to 2.5 hours.
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Just a couple of pictures showing how to clean a leek. You wouldn’t believe the amount of sand at the bottom of the bowl after I cleaned the leek!! Make sure not to skip the cleaning step…or you may wind up with sand stew.. and “ain’t nobody got time for that!”.