Homemade Dog Food with Stew Beef

Homemade Dog Food with Stew Beef
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This Homemade Dog Food with stew beef is made on the stove-top in one pot. Super simple to make and highly nutritious for your beloved canine. Our Danes love this stew and is in our rotation of homemade food for them. This is a one pot recipe so the flavors absorb beautifully together.

Ingredients for Stew Beef Dog Food

Ingredients for stew beef dog food, counterclockwise at top, bowl of stew beef, brown rice, cubed sweet potatoes, large slices of carrots, and bowl of peas.

Simple ingredients:

  • Stew beef
  • Brown rice
  • Sweet potato – unpeeled, large chunks
  • Carrot – unpeeled, large slices
  • Peas
  • Water

The great thing about making dog food is your chopping does not need to be perfect – your furry friend is not going to complain!

How to Make Homemade Dog Food with Beef Stew

Stew beef, Chopped sweet potatoes, chopped carrots and rice covered with water in large pot.

In a large pot, add all ingredients, except peas.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, particularly during last 5-10 minutes.

During last 15 minutes of cooking add peas.

Add additional water if needed, adding 1/2 cup at a time.

Cool thoroughly and serve portions according to your pets size and weight.

This recipe yields about 8 cups of dog food.

Why Make Your Own Dog Food

While commercial dog foods claim to offer complete and balanced nutrition, many contain fillers, additives, and preservatives that may not be beneficial for your dog’s health. By preparing your dog’s meals at home, you have full control over the ingredients, allowing you to avoid potentially harmful additives and tailor the recipe to your dog’s individual needs. You control what goes into it by using whole foods with highest quality ingredients. 

Nutritional Value

Using beef stew for dogs is a fantastic source of protein for dogs, providing essential amino acids to support muscle growth and maintenance. Stew beef, in particular, is a flavorful and tender cut of meat that dogs love. When cooked properly, it retains its nutritional value while becoming tender and easy to digest.

While this is a favorite of my Danes, we do have to rotate different recipes so that they don’t get sick of one recipe. Kind of like us! Most of us would get bored with the same meals day after day. So we rotate between this vet-approved stew meat recipe, Homemade Instant Pot Dog Food with Chicken, and Quick Homemade Instant Pot Beef Dog Food.

Merle colored Great Dane  in a sitting position.


Once the food has cooled, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months. 

Merle colored Great Dane relaxin on a couch.

This stove-top stew beef recipe is not only delicious but also provides essential nutrients to support your dog’s overall health and well-being.

As always, when making your own dog food, I recommend that you check with your vet as some dogs may have different dietary needs.

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Cooked homemade dog food with stew beef, brown rice, carrots, sweet potato, and peas in a white bowl.

Homemade Dog Food with Stew Beef

One pot homemade dog food made with stew beef.
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Course: Dog Food
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 290kcal
Author: hungrydanekitchen


  • cups brown rice
  • 1½-2 lbs. stew beef
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 carrots, chopped large
  • 5 cups water additional 1/2 if needed
  • 1 cup peas


  • In a large pot, add all ingredients except peas.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until rice and meat are cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. If sitcking occurs and rice is not cooked add additional water ½ cup at a time.
  • Add peas last 15 minutes of cooking.
  • Cool thoroughly before serving this delicious recipe with your furry friend!


Serving: 8g | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5420IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg

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