Curried beef stewIt's stew season! We've been taking advantage of the chill in the air, and making warm, cozy dishes like chili, posole, and chicken stew for dinner. But there's one stew to rule them all: beef stew. Though it's a staple in most households, this rich, hearty meal can sometimes fall short. It can be too thin or too thick; the meat can be dry and stringy or gray and flavorless; veggies can be too mushy or not cooked enough. It's a tough balance to strike, but you should know how to cook this classic cold-weather dish like a pro. We asked senior associate food editor Alison Roman for advice on making the best batch of stew humanly possible, and she pointed out the 7 deadly sins everyone should avoid. Trust us: When you're digging into your flavorful stew with tender morsels of beef on that first truly cold night, you'll be grateful.
DON'T use any old cut of meat
Using the wrong cut of beef is probably the worst mistake you could ever make when it comes to beef stew.