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'Smothered' Beef and Onions

Well worth your patience and times, the preparation of true Smothered Beef and Onions result in fall-apart beef and the great taste of seasoned onions with beef gravy blanketing the entire dish. In the classic preparation, you can use any type of stew beef because you simmer the meat until it's just as tender as a fine filet.

I cut out this lengthy method and spice it up a bit to present you a dish that still is representative of classic Smothered Beef and Onions, but with a pepper kick fighting right alongside 3 different onions, kicking you from another angle. Enjoy.


For 4 people


  • 8 ounce(s) cubed beef
  • 3 tablespoon(s) beef broth
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sherry
  • 1 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon(s) minced garlic in oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, julienned
  • 1/2 small red onion, julienned
  • 8 green onions, cut into 2-inch segments


  • 1 teaspoon(s) cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sherry
  • 4 tablespoon(s) vegetables oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch

'Smothered' Beef and Onions Directions

  1. Add the beef cubes in the marinade and let soak for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together beef broth, 2 teaspoons sherry and tomato paste: set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Remove meat from marinade and add to skillet with the garlic. Discard marinade. Stir fry meat until no longer pink in the middle, about 2-3 minutes, depending on how large the beef cubes are.
  4. Add the onions and cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Add the tomato paste mixture and cook one additional minute, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove and serve hot.