Stifado (Braised Beef with Onions)

If you cannot find pearl onions then use the smallest onions you can find to prepare this dish.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. stewing beef, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 16 pearl onions, peeled
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper


  • Add olive oil to large pot. Heat to medium-high; add meat and brown well on all sides by stirring continuously so meat does not stick to bottom of pot.
  • In a small bowl, combine tomato paste with 2 cups water. Add to pot with vinegar, onions, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, oregano, salt, and pepper; mix well and turn heat to high. Bring to boil.
  • Cover and turn reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 1 hour.