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{October 18, 2010}   Beef Stew (slow cooker)

This is a super easy recipe for beef stew using your slow cooker.  It doesn’t require much prep time and the slow cooker does all the work 🙂

Buy your stew meat already in cubes to save time

Add flour, salt, and pepper

Add the rest of your seasonings...

... and your veggies

I left the veggies whole to same time

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose (AP) flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (but I used the whole carton which was 32 oz) beef broth
  • 1 large can of new potatoes
  • 1/2 package of baby carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped.  The celery really needs to be chopped, and next time I’ll chop it even smaller.
  • *optional* 1 can of beef gravy

Directions:

  1. Place meat in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour the flour, salt, and pepper over the beef and stir to coat meat with the flour.
  3. Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaf, and paprika.
  4. Add the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.  Stir.
  5. Cover and cook on the high setting for 4-6 hours.  (4.5 hours was perfect for mine)
  6. *optional* After it’s done cooking, if you’ve used the extra amount of beef broth like I did, add the can of beef gravy.  This will thicken it up a bit and make it more hearty 🙂  The gravy was kind of an afterthought of mine, so I apologize that I don’t have a picture.  I added some straight to my bowl, but it would have been easier to just add it to the slow cooker and give it a good stir.

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