There is something about Jamaican Stew Beef that is so outrageously divine. And as a foodie, I have to say that it is far better than any other cultural recipes for stew beef. Maybe it’s because of the Jamaican traditional history of certain spices or special ingredients. But then again, the flavorsome dishes have a whole lot of love stirred into them and a touch of magic.

How to make Jamaican brown stew beef?

Its relatively simple. The secret is really all in preparation and the ideal ingredients. Although Jamaica is known for its Jerk chicken, their beef dishes are also phenomenal. Brown stew beef is no exception. The beef is flavored with the perfect amount of zest and lightly sweetened. The stew beef is then browned to perfection and left to marinate so the seasonings are immersed. In truth, cooking this dish makes one feel like they are basking in the sun on the islands. And while you are cooking, you may want to add a few extras for an impressive cuisine. In truth, Jamaican stew beef and dumplings are a favorite tradition.

Jamaican stew beef and dumplings are a wonderful fare. It is a dish that will do more than just impress your friends and family. Jamaican stew beef and dumplings is a hearty meal that will please everyone. For this fabulous dish, all you need is to prepare the Jamaican brown stew beef then add the dumplings to the pot to infuse the flavors. In addition, you can cook the Jamaican Stew Beef with other favorite vegetables if desired. Serve with fresh bread, Rice Balls (Arancini), mashed potatoes or other favorite foods for dipping.

Serves 4-5

  • Prep 10 min
  • Cook time 1 hour 18 min
  • Total time 1 hour 28 min
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 ½ pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into ¾ inch cubes
  • 5 roma or plum tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 3 large carrots, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 leek or 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce, to taste
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
Best Cookware to Use
  • Sharp knife
  • Large heavy-bottomed pot such as a Dutch Pot


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sugar or honey and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add the beef to the pot. Brown the beef on all sides. That is all there is to Jamaican stew beef.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables, allspice and thyme; brown the mixture lightly. Stir in beef broth, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, hot pepper sauce and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Lower heat; cover and simmer for about 1 to 1 ¼ hours or until the meat and vegetables are tender (not mushy).
  3. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve with dumplings, potatoes or rice, if desired.

Freezing: Jamaican stew beef (and dumplings) freeze well. Allow the dish to cool then pour into freezer containers that have airtight lids. Seal the lid well to prevent freezer burn. To use, partly thaw the Jamaican stew beef in the refrigerator. Overnight works best. Add the stew beef to a saucepan, cook over medium low heat until warmed. Make sure to stir occasionally. Add a little water if needed.