Beef broth (also known as beef stock) is a simple additive that you can use in soups, stews, gravies, and sauces that will add a lot of great flavor for very little cost.
This recipe for homemade beef broth makes quite a bit, so make sure you’re prepared to store it before you get started.
Beer fills out the flavor of a stew. Unless you want to risk overspicing, the easiest way to flavor a beef stew is adding a can of beer. Make sure you don’t skimp on the other ingredients, though. If you just want beer, just have a beer.
For a beef stew recipe without beer, check out this recipe for a traditional beef stew.