Kokkinisto – The Easiest Beef Stew

Our granny’s kokkinisto recipe is simple and delicious. Served with pasta, rice, mash or any kind of potatoe, this is a fave with the entire family. You can either cook using a pressure cooker or a large pan. Either way, it’s yummy and can be frozen and served at a later date!

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Kokkinisto – The Easiest Beef Stew

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Course: MainCuisine: Greek – GeneralDifficulty: Easy


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A super easy Greek beef stew


  • 1k beef, preferably rump or brisket

  • 1 can chopped or 500 gr grated tomatoes

  • 1 onion

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • salt, pepper

  • a pinch of sugar

  • clove or cinnamon stick (optional)


  • Wash,  drain, salt and pepper the beef.
  • Put the pan on the stove, drop the beef in it.
  • Brown the beef on all sides without any oil. Then let it absorb all the water it produces. Turn over so it’s nice and sealed brown on all sides.
  • When the beef starts sticking to the bottom of the pan add the olive oil.
  • Saute the beef slightly and add the onion, peeled and whole. Saute everything for a few minutes, till the onion turns golden.
  • Add the tomatoes with a pinch of sugar and allow the mix to reach boiling point. Simmer for 5 minutes and add enough water to cover the meat.
  • Bring to a boil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then lower the heat and let it simmer for 2.5-3 hours, until the beef is very tender. You can add a couple of cloves or a cinnamon stick if you fancy.

If you are using a pressure cooker, after adding the water put the lid on. Once it starts steaming and whistling, lower the temperature and allow to simmer at the lowest temperature for 2-2.5 hours.

Kokkinisto simply means reddened, i.e. with tomato sauce. We also have a delicious recipe for Chicken Kokkinisto.

Somehow, not chopping the onion contributes to producing a wonderul tomato sauce. Don’t take our word for it. Anna Del Conte, the grand lady of Italian cooking agrees. Just google her best tomato sauce recipe…

You can always finish your cooking off by adding a little bit of red wine right before you take the pan off the stove. Let the alcohol evaporate and turn the heat off.

Serve straight away or heat and serve later.

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