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 turqoise 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, were the curses. When a sink starts getting called “a piece of shit motherfucker bitch”, 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 beef stew stuffed potatoes 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:

Instant Pot Beef and Mushroom Stew
Slow Cooker Lamb Stew
Turmeric Lentil Stew
Moroccan Lamb Lentil Stew

Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew Stuffed Potatoes

Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew Stuffed Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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


  • 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


  1. In a large dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Toss the beef cubes with salt & pepper and the flour.
  3. Brown the meat in the pot and transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the onions, cook for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  5. Add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  6. Add the tomato paste and all the spices. Mix together and let cook for a minute.
  7. Add the red wine and scrape up any bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  8. Add the hot sauce, beer and broth and return the beef to the pot.
  9. Add the chocolate and brown sugar and stir until melted.
  10. Bring the stew to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 1 hour.
  11. After an hour, remove the cover, stir and continue cooking for another hour with the lid off until the stew thickens and reduces.
  12. While the stew finishes cooking, heat the oven to 375 degrees, wrap each potato in foil and bake.
  13. 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.


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  1. Heather || Heather's Dish

    House stuff is seriously the worst. I oscillate sometimes between what is worse – buying a house or buying a car. Both so stressful, both super annoying. We finally sold our house November 8 and now are looking to move out of the rental that we’re in, and after like 2 days of looking I already feel like pulling all of my hair out. Or buying an Airstream and just living on the road. UGH.

    The way I see it chocolate and red wine totally are in order!

  2. Florence

    I would never think to put these ingredients together but this looks so amazing! I’m definitely going to make it for my boyfriend this week. It’s supposed to snow Tuesday, so what better way to spend the day than cooking and watching the snowfall then enjoying a wonderful meal with my guy! Thanks for the recipe and good luck with the house stuff!

  3. Lizzie

    We’re undergoing a bathroom remodel that’s way beyond the DIY realm for us. The room is only about 50 sf but it’s still a challenge having four adult male butts in there at once. It’s way too foggy to go shopping, but tomorrow all the ingredients for your sensational looking recipe will come home to mommy. That would be me. Thanks.

  4. Tamar

    @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…

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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!


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