Barley Vegan Beef Stew Recipe

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Hearty vegan beef stew with barley, tomatoes, veggies and beefy TVP or soy curls. Enjoy all the classic flavors of your favorite stew without any of the fat and cholesterol, an oil free plant based recipe loaded with protein, flavor and healthy carbs. No beef!
I’ve made vegan beef stew with jackfruit and potatoes before and I already have dumplings on my mind, but today is all about that nutty barley.

The Barley

I just stocked up the pantry on both pearled and hulled barley grains and they really are interchangeable in this recipe. The pearled variety cooks in approximately 45 minutes while the hulled barley needs a good hour or more since only the outermost hull has been removed. If for some reason barley isn’t your thing you can of course replace it with farro, wheat berries, potatoes or dumplings. As I like to say kids: whatever rocks your tastebuds!

About the TVP or Soy Curls

TVP or “ textured vegetable protein”  is a very convenient meat alternative product made from non-GMO soy flour with a meaty texture that absorbs any flavor you have going on in the pot. You could give them a 20 minute soak in hot water if desired or just add straight into the soup. Remember this insanely tasty vegan bolognese ? Alternatively you could use whole food soy curls, portobello or shiitake mushrooms, sietan or jackfruit as I’ve done in this potato jackfruit stew  from last fall.

Feel free to play around with the ratio of barley and beefy TVP. If you want a meatier stew I’d suggest adding maybe another half cup of TVP but not much more. This is the kind of recipe you’ll find yourself adjusting through the seasons so don’t get stuck on exact measurement.


Vegetable Stock

Any store bought low sodium veggie stock will work here, of course a homemade version will always taste better. So If you have the luxury of time by all means start with a big pot of stock filled with aromatics and herbs.

The usual suspects in my kitchen are carrots, onion, celery, bay leaves, parsley and celery root. Finish with a generous amount of nutritional yeast after simmering slowly for a couple of hours until the flavors have concentrated. Strain and freeze in large ice cube trays for later individual use or use it in this amazing Vegetable Noodle Soup.


Vegetarian Beef Stew with Barley

Why You’ll Love this Vegetarian Stew:

  • Meat-free
  • Protein packed
  • One pot wonder
  • Hearty & delicious
  • Cruelty-free
  • WFPB Vegan Recipe.

How to Make Barley Vegan Beef Stew

Barley Vegan Beef Stew
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Barley Vegan Beef Stew Recipe

Hearty vegan beef stew with barley, tomatoes, veggies and beefy TVP or soy curls.  Enjoy all the classic flavors of your favorite stew without any of the fat and cholesterol, an oil free plant based recipe loaded with protein, flavor and healthy carbs. No beef! 
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 10 minutes



  • Preheat a heavy bottom stock pot over medium heat. Add a splash of water or veggie stock and sautee the onion with a pinch of salt until translucent. Add the carrot and celery and cook a few more minutes until they begin to soften. (Add more liquid if needed to create more steam).
  • Add the garlic and give everything a good stir until the garlic is fragrant. Sir in the smoked paprika, chili powder, bay leaves and rosemary.
  • Add the beefy TVP or soy curls, barley, crushed tomatoes, veggie stock and nutritional yeast then bring everything to a simmer. Cook on medium low heat for 45 minutes to one hour until the barley is cooked through and the TVP has reached your desired tenderness.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and the heat level with more chili powder or chili flakes. Stir in the fresh parsley and serve hot with crusty bread. (If you want to indulge with a drizzle of olive oil feel free to do so at this point, omit for Whole Food Plant Based and Plantricious diets).



  1. To make it 100% Plantricious & WFPB compliant make sure to use soy curls instead of TVP.
  2. If the stew turns out too thick for your liking just add more veggie stock to thin it out as desired.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 6393IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: plant based, vegan stew, wfpb
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Florentina
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  1. I couldn’t wait to make this stew since I saw the recipe Testing videos on Facebook. Let me just say it was absolutely worth the wait, this recipe is a keeper and will be my go to recipe for a hearty meal during the colder months. Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes with us and making them easy to execute!

  2. Yum! I loved this but I do want to try it with potatoes instead of barley since gluten hates me. What amount of potatoes should I substitute?

  3. Made this yesterday for a company lunch where it was well received! I added 2 Yukon Gold potatoes and 2 cups frozen peas and carrots. I will put this recipe on my “Keeper” list. Thank you!

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