Beef stew and biscuits recipe

Unocasa set me their enameled cast iron dutch oven for review. There are affiliate links in this post. All opinions are my own.

Dutch oven beef stew with biscuits

I love being able to reduce how many dishes I have to wash. A big part of the appeal to dutch ovens for me is how you can use them on the stove top and then transfer them into the oven without dirtying a second dish. While the concept has appealed to me for a long time, I had never owned a dutch oven until this year. 

uno casa enameled cast iron dutch oven

My first dutch oven is from UnoCasa, who generously sent me their enameled cast iron dutch oven for review. Enameled dutch ovens have all the pros and none of the cons, in my personal opinion. I love how cast iron cooks evenly, but I don’t like how it requires unique care, and how they can rust over time. The UnoCasa Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is primarily cast iron so it gives you that same steady, even heating but it’s enamel coated which makes it naturally non-stick and easier to clean as you can use gentle kitchen scrubbers (the ones that are safe for nonstick cookware) and dishsoap. It is not dishwasher safe, but it’s far easier to care for than non-enameled cast iron pans. 

The lid has small bumps on the inside, so when you cook with the lid on, it creates a rainfall effect inside the dish. This allows the condensation to pour back over your food more evenly. This helps distribute flavor and seasonings as you cook! I also wondered if it helps with steam when removing the lid. With some of my covered casserole dishes, I worry a lot when removing the lid because the steam seems to come from all over and it’s easy to lightly burn your hands or lower arms before you finish removing the lid. I found that with this Uno Casa lid, I was easily able to remove the lid each time I checked the food, without the steam coming up towards my arms or hands too much. 

Because it is cast iron, this dutch oven is quite heavy. 

I accidentally broke the crock portion of my slow cooker last year and I haven’t replaced it since then. I’ve really missed making beef stew and pot roast which were my main two meals that I was used to making in the slow cooker. I thought the dutch oven would be perfect for making a stew-like meal. I’ve also been enjoying making little changes to my regular cooking lately. I decided to make a beef roast or beef stew type of recipe that would incorporate biscuits! This was largely inspired by “chicken pot pie” recipes I saw on Pinterest that used biscuits rather than a traditional crust. So I guess you could also consider this to be a variation on beef pot pie? Call it whatever you want, really. I use several “shortcut” ingredients, you could certainly use the from-scratch versions if you prefer. I’m all for making mealtime easier, personally! 

beef roast and biscuits recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2-3lb beef roast
  • Beef stew or pot roast seasoning packet
  • Beef bullion 
  • 2 stalks celery 
  • Canned carrots (or about 2 cups of baby carrots or sliced regular carrots)
  • Caned sweet peas 
  • Diced onion
  • Russet potatoes (about 10 medium potatoes) 
  • Can of refrigerated biscuits 
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Butter or oil
  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions:

  1. Lightly coat the exterior of your roast with salt, pepper and flour. 
  2. Oil or butter the dutch oven 
  3. Place dutch oven on stove on low/medium heat
  4. Place the roast in the pan and leave it to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. 
  5. Once braised on all sides, add any/all veggies that you want to soften a lot. Any veggies that you want to remain firm/full do not add. I chose to add the potatoes, onion, celery and about half the potatoes and peas upfront. I saved some carrots and peas to add later, too. 
  6. Add about 5 cups of water. You want the roast and veggies to be covered with water. 
  7. Add bullion (I used 5 cubes), salt and pepper. 
  8. Set oven to 350 and place dutch oven inside. Do not pre-heat oven, as this dutch oven does best when it’s brought up to temp gradually. 
  9. Cook for about 4 hours, checking every half hour or so for the first few hours, and more frequently near the end. 
  10. I added the remaining veggies and the seasoning packet at about the 3 hour mark. 
  11. It’s done when the meat is easily pulling apart and when there is very little water standing in the dish. If you find that your water has reduced before the meat is done, add a bit more water. You don’t want it to dry out before the food is done. If you find that you have too much water when the food is nearly done, you can add a bit more flour to help thicken it up. 
  12. Once the meat is soft and the ‘soupyness’ is gone, top the dish with refrigerated biscuits. Return to the oven for as long as the biscuits say. Mine said 13-16 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  13. The bottom side of the biscuits will remain softer and moister than biscuits usually would. If you’d prefer drier biscuits, you can cook them in a separate dish and just toss them on the stew once it’s done. 

Beef pot pie or beef stew with biscuits

4.9 from 17 reviews
Beef Roast Stew With Biscuits
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15
 
A one-pan dinner using a dutch oven to cook beef roast into beef stew with biscuits.
Ingredients
  • 2-3lb beef roast
  • Beef stew or pot roast seasoning packet
  • Beef bullion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • Canned carrots (or about 2 cups of baby carrots or sliced regular carrots)
  • Caned sweet peas
  • Diced onion
  • Russet potatoes (about 10 medium potatoes)
  • Can of refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Butter or oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat the exterior of your roast with salt, pepper and flour.
  2. Oil or butter the dutch oven
  3. Place dutch oven on stove on low/medium heat
  4. Place the roast in the pan and leave it to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Once braised on all sides, add any/all veggies that you want to soften a lot. Any veggies that you want to remain firm/full do not add. I chose to add the potatoes, onion, celery and about half the potatoes and peas upfront. I saved some carrots and peas to add later, too.
  6. Add about 5 cups of water. You want the roast and veggies to be covered with water.
  7. Add bullion (I used 5 cubes), salt and pepper.
  8. Set oven to 350 and place dutch oven inside. Do not pre-heat oven, as this dutch oven does best when it's brought up to temp gradually.
  9. Cook for about 4 hours, checking every half hour or so for the first few hours, and more frequently near the end.
  10. I added the remaining veggies and the seasoning packet at about the 3 hour mark.
  11. It's done when the meat is easily pulling apart and when there is very little water standing in the dish. If you find that your water has reduced before the meat is done, add a bit more water. You don't want it to dry out before the food is done. If you find that you have too much water when the food is nearly done, you can add a bit more flour to help thicken it up.
  12. Once the meat is soft and the 'soupyness' is gone, top the dish with refrigerated biscuits. Return to the oven for as long as the biscuits say. Mine said 13-16 minutes at 350 degrees.
  13. The bottom side of the biscuits will remain softer and moister than biscuits usually would. If you'd prefer drier biscuits, you can cook them in a separate dish and just toss them on the stew once it's done.

This post currently has 36 responses.

  • Peggy Nunn

    That looks so good. I like cooking with cast iron. I like one pot dishes too.

  • Lauryn R

    This recipe sounds so delicious, definitely a comfort food! I do not own a Dutch oven but have always wanted one. I think I will ask for one for Christmas.

  • Mia Rose

    I make beef stew in my Dutch oven but have not tried it with biscuits. Looks so delicious.

  • monique s

    This looks so satisfying and like real comfort food. Will try this recipe

  • Tami Vollenweider

    I usually use my crock pot for my making my beef stew in. I have a dutch oven and will try it next time. Your recipe sounds yummy especially with the added biscuits on top

  • Christina moore

    Thank you for sharing, this would be great on a cold day, great comfort food.

  • Maryann D.

    Beef Roast Stew With Biscuits does look like such a tasty meal and something different for my family. They would certain enjoy the biscuits!

  • gloria patterson

    I have a cast iron dutch oven for years and I think I have only used used it 2 or 3 times. But this looks like a one pot meal that I should make.

  • Helga

    What a perfect cold weather meal. I like the topping of biscuits.

  • Gina Ferrell

    My family would enjoy this for dinner. Thank you for sharing the recipe I am always looking for new recipes. I think I will make this for the weekend.

  • Tara Enright

    Never had beef stew with biscuits. First time for everything. Although I do not own a Dutch oven pot. Maybe I will look for one on Black Friday.

  • christina moore

    I have never seen Roast beef cooked this way, sounds amazing

  • Amy D

    This looks like the ultimate comfort food for a cold winter day. I love that you added biscuits and all of the simple ingredients for the stew. I need a beautiful dutch oven like yours.

  • Cynthia C

    I would love to have a cast iron dutch oven. Mine is stainless steel, which is fine but not quite the same.

  • Leela

    I love comfort food.

  • Elizabeth Miller

    This is a great winter type recipe. I love how you cooked the biscuits on top!!! I have never thought about it but I will definitly try it if for no other reason, one less pan to clean haha.

  • Brandon Sparks

    This really looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try it out..

  • This is an all time favorite glad you passed it along .

  • This is an all time favorite glad you passed it along .

  • Brandon Sparks

    This really looks so amazing.. I can’t wait to try and make this myself.. Thanks

  • Lesley F

    This looks like a wonderful comfort food to make on those cold evenings! Will have to try it

  • Laurie Nykaza

    I have been looking for some new recipes using beef and this one looks so good with the biscuits on top . I had just gotten a Dutch oven too they cook great and are easy to clean up.

  • Dawn Mielke

    I love stew. This recipe explanation with pictures is excellent. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  • Betty Curran

    This is a great way to make a tasty beef roast. My only problem is that the dutch oven is so heavy with all the food inside I can’t easily lift it. Unfortunately age takes a toll on my cooking options.

  • Sarah L

    A very hearty dish for a cold winter’s night. Tomorrow’s high will be 13 degrees.

  • Laurie Nykaza

    Really looks good love to try making it. I found it very interesting about the lid I had not seen one like it before. I like that it does not rust too.

  • gloria patterson

    Last week on cold snowy day I decided I wanted to make this. I didn’t have everything but enough that it really turned out GOOD. I love cooking in my dutch oven. The nice thing was I had lefts that I froze

  • Sue E

    One of the first dinners that I made for my family was beef stew. Except I didn’t use a cast iron pot, because they are too heavy! I did use fresh veggies.
    I made the biscuits separate. I may be wrong, but isn’t making beef stew with biscuits like this is like Shepherd’s Pie?? Any way, they are both quite tasty and pin worthy! Thank you for sharing!

  • Antoinette M

    This looks delicious. I love using my dutch oven.

  • christina moore

    Thank you for sharing, I would love to try this

  • Christy gamber

    I’ve been wanting a Dutch oven for so long now! This recipe looks incredible!

  • Betty Curran

    I love using a good dutch oven for making dishes like this. Unfortunately, due to age and arthritis I can’t easily lift one that is cast iron especially when it is full of food. So I’ve only been using mine on the stove top, but it still makes great meals.

  • Holly Thomas

    This is a great idea to add the biscuits!

  • Sandy C.

    A one-pot dish is really what I look for most of the time, and this one checks all the boxes, even for the warm weather. This looks like a really nice Dutch oven. The only problem I might have with it is the weight of it, but I could sure give it a try!

  • Brett

    I know right now it’s only August, but I can already start to see the stores put out their Halloween sections and banners and products and that means cool weather and thus comfort food. This looks like something I’ll have to add to the list for recipes to cook at home. Looks amazing! Thanks for the review!

  • Thomas Gibson

    I am always looking for hearty meals. This recipe looks so good and is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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