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Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew Stuffed Potatoes

This chocolate red wine beef stew is thick, hearty and the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.

We’ve admitted defeat on the whole house selling thing.

The contract we had on the house we were going to buy is now off, our deposit being refunded to us and while there’s still 2 months left on our contract with our realtor to sell this place, we’ve just decided to stay put.

So naturally that meant spending the entire weekend getting started on the “ok, we’re not moving so here’s everything we want to change about this house” list.

Project #1: the downstairs half bathroom

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There was nothing really wrong with this bathroom.

It was yellow, small and served it’s purpose but ever since I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon a few months ago, I had way higher hopes for this space.

Hopes that included a soft turquoise greenish color, buying old wooden crates off craigslist to turn into wood plank mason jar art and almost-divorce inducing bead board installation.

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The painting went down as well as it could when you’re dealing with a space so small that the ladder you need to reach the ceiling takes up literally the entire room and therefore maneuvering around more closely resembles an orangutan in a zoo cage than a human as you swing from one side of the ladder to the top of the toilet over to the other side, but it kept things interesting.

The craigslist venture was relatively tame considering what craigslist ventures can be.

Although, I do seriously wonder what these people got delivered to their house to result in the massive amounts of wooden crates they had in their garage.

My guess is either an entire kitchen’s worth of appliances or dead bodies.

The beadboard though, that’s where I’m pretty sure Ulysses was seriously questioning his decision to marry me.

A room that can’t be more than 20 square feet took an entire day to install beadboard thanks to a toilet and a sink that had to be cut around.

First there was deep breathing. I was baking cookies at this point and questioning whether he was installing paneling or doing yoga in the bathroom.

Next, came the curses. When a sink starts getting called “a piece of shit motherfu$%& bit$h”, you know things are getting bad.

10 minutes after the name calling, he walks out of the bathroom straight into the family room and just lies down on the floor.

I asked if he was hurt and got no response which is when I walked away thinking it might be best to get out of his sight at this point.

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A good wife probably would’ve made this red wine beef stew stuffed potatoes (or at least some leftover turkey stew) for her husband who spent his entire weekend redoing a perfectly good bathroom because she’s now Pinterest obsessed.

But reality is that I ordered a buffalo chicken pizza that we scarfed down in about 5 minutes.

Some days I’m on my A game.

Unfortunately, beadboard installation day wasn’t one of them.

More stew recipes to try:

Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew Stuffed Potatoes

This chocolate red wine beef stew is thick, hearty and the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold winterâ??s day.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • dash hot sauce
  • 8 ounces dark beer
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate 70% or above, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 potatoes


  • In a large dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Toss the beef cubes with salt & pepper and the flour.
  • Brown the meat in the pot and transfer to a plate.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the onions, cook for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  • Add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the tomato paste and all the spices. Mix together and let cook for a minute.
  • Add the red wine and scrape up any bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the hot sauce, beer and broth and return the beef to the pot.
  • Add the chocolate and brown sugar and stir until melted.
  • Bring the stew to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 1 hour.
  • After an hour, remove the cover, stir and continue cooking for another hour with the lid off until the stew thickens and reduces.
  • While the stew finishes cooking, heat the oven to 375 degrees, wrap each potato in foil and bake.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven after an hour, slice the tops off and scoop out a bit of the center. Spoon the stew into the potato, top with cheddar, cilantro, sour cream and/or yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 1743mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 7mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Soups + Stews
Keyword beef stew stuffed potatoes, chocolate red wine beef stew stuffed potatoes


Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Thursday 9th of January 2014

Hey Gina, As I posted on the round-ups facebook page, I'd love to include this in my article for Live Better America. But I need explicit email permission to include your photo, so can you email me at Thanks! Carolyn

kimberly Snyder

Friday 20th of December 2013

We can't follow PROTECTED twitter accounts.... why have that as an entry??????????????????????


Thursday 19th of December 2013

@kat - if I could eat the pictures, I would.

btw Gina, I don't know if you are actually the one behind the rafflecopter, but this is a great giveaway, thanks! Just one thing – since there are SO many entries, you should look into using giveaway tools. there’s an option called “auto expand” and it saves all the extra clicks of opening and confirming your entries. It’s already open so all you do is click to enter and verify and voila--no need to open each entry individually! Please have all the food blogger contest hosts do this; it saves us time and ensures that we cover as many entries as possible. I usually do not cover all my bases with Rafflecopter since it is so cumbersome...

Running to the Kitchen

Thursday 19th of December 2013

Thanks, Tamar. I wasn't the one setting this one up, but you're the 2nd person to mention giveaway tools so I will definitely look into it for the next giveaway I host. Appreciate the input!