Beef stew is made with chunky pieces of beef, vegetables, spices, and a dollop of cream. There are different recipes for this, but most households have a family recipe that is handed down. The calorie content depends on the way it is prepared. Since stew is made by using different proportions of beef pieces, vegetables, and spices, it is very difficult to calculate the exact calories in it. If you are purchasing canned beef stew, the calorie content will be listed on the label of the can. The canned type is much higher in calories as well as nutritionally poor as compared to the homemade version.