One Pot Vietnamese Beef Stew

One Pot Vietnamese Beef Stew
One Pot Vietnamese Beef Stew

This was an interesting take on beef stew, it was very flavorful, and some may say more colorful than an American beef stew would be. This recipe may be more familiar to you as Bo Kho, the Vietnamese name of the dish. Vietnamese beef stew is also thinner than the American version, but they have one thing in common - they are a classic comfort food that people turn to in times of sickness or sadness.

For our recipe, we used chunks of stew meat and chunks of butternut squash. The butternut squash was a nice, unusual touch. Jeff used Coconut Sugar in this recipe, but you could use a dark brown sugar for a similar effect.

This recipe is unique in another way; it is cooked on the stovetop and then in the oven. The beef ends up extremely tender, and if added at the right time, the butternut squash retains its shape and isn’t mushy. You want to add the squash after the stew has baked for about an hour. The one pot aspect of this recipe is convenient for preparation and cleanup. This pot can be any lidded casserole dish, or a Dutch oven.

Serve this stew with a good, crusty bread or with rice if you want an extra filling meal. Everyone who tried this recipe deeply enjoyed it. The sweetness of the butternut squash was an excellent contrast with the savory flavor of the beef and the other ingredients.

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Prep Time: 60 min.
Cooking Time: 120 min.
Category: Stews
Cuisine: Vietnamese
  1. Combine beef, flour, pepper, lemongrass, garlic, soy sauce, and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 F and have all your vegetables prepared.
  3. Heat up the 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium. Add beef chunks and brown.
  4. Add the shallots and chiles and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, carrots, cinnamon stick, star anise, lime leaves, and beef stock and bring to a simmer.
  6. Put lid on Dutch oven and place in oven. Cook for 1 hour and then add the butternut squash. Be careful, the lid and Dutch oven will be hot!
  7. Place back in oven and cook for another hour. Meat should be very tender and almost falling apart.
  8. Remove from oven, dish up, garnish and serve.