Perfect Beef Stew

Jane Whittaker Recipe

By Jane Whittaker janenov46

10 Min
8 Hr

I tried quite a few different ways to make beef stew and this is made in the crock pot so it is so tender.

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1 1/2 to 2 lb
stew meat cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 c
1/2 tsp
each salt and pepper
4 Tbsp
vegtable oil
8 small
baby carrots, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
10 small
new potatoes cut into quarters
20 1/2 oz
( 2- 10.25 ounce) jars beef gravy
1 1/2 oz
packet dry beef stew seasoning
1/2 can(s)
1/2 to 2/3 c
frozen peas
1 c
frozen pearl onions

Directions Step-By-Step

Cut beef into 1/2 inch pieces.
In a zip lock bag, put in the flour, and salt and pepper.
Add the beef to bag, shaking to coat, you will probably have to do this a few times to get all the beef coated
Heat vegtable oil on a large fry pan and saute the beef until browned, you might need to do this in two batches too
Put a disposable liner in your slow cooker, and add the meat.
To the fry pan that you browned your meat in, add the beer and simmer for a few minutes to get all the little crunchie things. That's where the love is. Pour this over meat.
Cut carrots an potatoes into chunks, put in pot.
Put onions in pot.
Sprinkle the beef stew seasoning packet over.
Pour gravy over, and give a stir.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours
Half hour before you are ready to eat, add peas, cover and continue to cook. At serving time give a stir.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Beef Soups
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Dana Ramsey DRamsey
Nov 4, 2010
Jane this is almost exactly as mine I just don't use pearl onions I slice my onions and then throw everything in a crockpot on low and cook for 8 hours. Yum.
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Nov 4, 2010
Bet you made from trial and error just like I did, if you use frozen pearl onions, you don't even have onions to chop, not that I am lazy :)
Dana Ramsey DRamsey
Nov 4, 2010
Yes I tried so many recipes that just didn't click. I think the beer is the key as it makes the meat so moist and tender. I will try it with the pearl onions as my husband loves onions and one less thing to chop with my schedule will be a huge help! I do try to get things done the night before so then all I have to do is throw everything in the crockpot and turn it on. I would never consider you lazy! You have so many wonderful recipes. Added you as my favorite cook so I don't miss one single recipe of yours:)
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Nov 4, 2010
Hugs to you Dana. I have been cooking for nearly 50 years now and that fact alone makes for a lot of recipies.
If you never tied the disposable liners, try them they save tons of clean up
Dana Ramsey DRamsey
Nov 4, 2010
Hugs right back to you! I am all for easy cleanup. Thanks for the tip. I will try them the next time! I use my crockpot a lot. It saves time and allows me to have a good homecooked meal for my husband and our remaining son who is at home.
Robin DuPree robdupree
Nov 6, 2010
I love the taste and texture of pearl onions in a stew, and you have a lovely post, Jane...
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Nov 7, 2010
Aw thanks Robin
Rochelle Reed RochelleReed
Nov 11, 2010
Hi Jane, I was curious about the slow cooker liners, never heard of them- where to you get them and do they come in different sizes as slow cookers come in so many sizes, thanks!
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Nov 12, 2010
You can buy the slow cooker liners in most grocery stores and Walmart too. My local Walmart sometimes does not have them, but the Publix store always has them.
Reynolds is the company that makes them and you can find them in the zip lock bag section.
They only come in one size, and it fits a very large slow cooker. It's one size fits all, because when i use my smaller crock pot, I just have more over the outside
Jan 3, 2011 - Jane Whittaker shared this recipe with discussion group: CROCK POT RECIPES
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Donna Mann DonnaMarie10
Jan 17, 2011
Jane, can I use a wine instead of beer? Thanks!
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Jan 17, 2011
Sure, any that you like. I usually use beer with beef though.
Dana Ramsey DRamsey
Jan 17, 2011
That is what I do also. My husband also uses it to marinate pork too! Turns out yummy every time he grills. I am going to try Terrie Hoelscher's Steack with Merlot & Mushrooms since I have almost a full bottle left from yesterday making that chicken merlot.
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Jan 17, 2011
Does that ever sound good.