If you want stew meat that is soft and tender (easy to chew) try deep frying. We keep a pot of coconut oil on the stove at all times. As an experiment one day, I decided to try frying some stew meat (chuck) to see if I could cook it quickly without it becoming tough to chew. It was a tremendous success! They are tasty as a snack with just salt and a cup of sugar bomb coffee with gelatin or as a complete meal with a sweet and sour gelatin sauce and rice.