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Have you tried Pearsons famous camp stew?

Community Features · · by Magnar

No meal is complete, unless it’s got meat!

Ever since Red Dead Redemption 2 launched back in 2018, players have spent their time recreating parts of the game they love, be it iconic scenes, building a Wheeler, Rason & Co. Crate PC, cosplaying as one of the gang or even dressing up as their online characters.

Yet throughout that time, there’s been a simple, if not wholesome part of Red Dead Redemption 2 that players have loved. Simon Pearson’s stew.

For those who don’t know, Simon Pearson is the cook/butcher for the Van der Linde gang who you first meet during the Colter Chapter of the main story. Throughout the game, Pearson will nag you food provisions, and in turn, will offer upgrades for the camp and your satchels. Eventually, Pearson leaves the Van der Linde gang to settle down and later during the epilogue, Pearson has set up shop in Rhodes, managing the store.

As the gangs cook, you encounter Pearson’s stews quite often through the main story, which seems to have had a profound effect on players who’ve spent more than two years recreating them!

Below we’ve shared a few of our favourite stew creations from members of the /r/RedDeadRedemption community.

Credit: TheDunkirkSpirit

Reddit user TheDunkirkSpirit shared their astonishing take on Pearson’s stew and went one step further by sharing the recipe for others to try! We’ll share their full recipe down below.

Credit: travmakesmusic

travmakesmusic shared the stew they made during a camping trick, whilst it’s maybe not as chunky as Pearson’s, it still looks incredible and they’re clearly well provisioned.

Credit: mreynolds1023

mrreynolds20123 also went camping and took on Pearson’s stew in what’s probably the closest in terms of appearance to the master’s work. Hopefully they didn’t toss their bowl on the floor afterwards.

Credit: A-Phantom

Although a slightly fancier arrangement compared to the previous 3, A-Phantom still nails it with their chunky, veggie filled stew!

Pearson’s stew recipe by TheDunkirkSpirit


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • peas (I threw in about 1/2 bag of frozen peas)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • water, as needed
  • 6 small potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks


  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven. Add the beef and brown for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with flour to coat.
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the beef broth and tomato paste and chuck in a few bay leaves for good measure. Add enough water to cover everything.
  4. Cover and cook for about 1 hour, until the beef is almost tender.
  5. Add peas, potatoes, and carrots and continue to cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

Note: You might need to reduce the quantity of ingredients depending on the size of your dutch oven. My oven is 8 qts and as you can see it’s filled to the brim. I also highly recommend cooking this over an open campfire while wearing a cowboy hat. I don’t know if it improved the quality of the stew, but I like to think it helped.

Binging with Babish

If you’re familiar with YouTube channel Binging with Babish, you won’t be surprised to learn that they’ve created their own Bear Stew. Completed with bear meat, cowboy hat & campfire!

More Red Dead Redemption fan creations

If you’re looking for Red Dead Redemption fan creations, then take a look at our selection of amazing community fanart for Harriet Davenport, or get involved with our Fashion Contest for February.

As always, be sure to get involved with the Red Dead Online community on RedditDiscord and Twitter.


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