Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousChef

This recipe takes stew meat, and slowly cooks its until it’s fork tender. There’s a bit of cooking up front, before dropping all the ingredients into the slow cooker, but the time spent is well worth it.

Okay then, let’s make some beef stew.

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
12 Hr
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 lb
    beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 c
    flour, all purpose
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, table variety
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    paprika, hot
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tbsp
    grape seed or olive oil
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c
    beef broth, freshly made if you have some
  • 5 medium
    carrots, sliced 1-inch on the bias
  • 6 medium
    golden yellow potatoes, quartered
  • 1 stalk(s)
    celery, finely chopped

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Step-by-Step

  1. Place the flour salt paprika, cumin, and both peppers into a large bowl, or gallon-size plastic bag. Add the beef cubes, and thoroughly coat the beef with the flour mixture.
  2. Remove from the flour and spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or large plate and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  3. After the 20 minutes, return the beef to the flour and coat once more. Knock off any excess, and return to the baking sheet or plate.
  4. Chef's Note: Choosing the right stew meat.
    This may seem counter-intuitive, but this is where the tougher cuts of beef really shine.
    You know you want tender bites of beef in your stew, so it seems natural to gravitate toward the tender cuts of meat.

    What you want is the tough, lean cuts. These don't have as much fat, but they do have collagen, or connective tissue. This breaks down over long cooking, rendering the meat fork tender with wonderful flavor

    Here's a listing of most of the cuts you'll want for a beef stew:
    Chuck
    Chuck Shoulder
    Chuck Roast
    Chuck-Eye Roast
    Top Chuck

    Bottom Round Roast
    Bottom Eye Roast
    Rump RoastEye Round Roast
    Top Round
    Round Tip Roast

    English Roast
    Pot Roast

    Did I manage to cover them all?
  5. Add two tablespoons of the oil to a heavy-bottomed pan, over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add half the beef cubes, and sear on all sides until nicely browned, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  6. Remove beef from pan, add the additional oil, and repeat with the second batch of beef, and then remove the beef, and save with the first batch.
  7. Add the onions, to the pan, and sauté with until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the minced garlic, and finely chopped celery, and sauté for an additional minute.
  9. Add the beef broth, and the Worcestershire, and then use a wooden spoon to scrape up any of the flavor bits (fonds) that may have accumulated on the bottom of the pan.
  10. Add the beef to the slow cooker, and then pour the broth liquid on top.
  11. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
  12. Add the carrots, and the potatoes in the last three hours, if you’re using the low setting, or in the last two hours, if you’re using the high setting.
  13. Chef's Note: The additional step of searing the beef cubes in the flour mixture will, over the course of the slow cooking create a really flavorful, thick sauce.
  14. Chef's Note: Many of today's slow cookers, allow you to cook, sear, and all kinds of things (mine does). So, if you have that kind of slow cooker, you can do all this in the same pot.
  15. When finished, remove the stew from the slow cooker, discard the bay leaves (good luck finding those things), and place into a large serving dish with a ladle. How about adding a nice loaf of crusty French bread and a slab of farm butter… I think I’m about to get hungry.
  16. Chef’s Note: I’ve mentioned this before; however, I’m not typically a fan of adding potatoes to a pot roast, or stew because of the way they absorb some of the delicate flavors from this slow cooking process. On the other hand, other chefs would not do a roast or stew any other way.

    I choose to cook the potatoes separately, and serve them as a side; however, if I add them to a slow cook dish (like this one), I like to add just a bit more salt, to help offset the effects of the potatoes.
  17. Enjoy…

    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free




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