slow cooker essentials: beef paprika stew

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

This is similar to a Goulash, but with enough changes that I did not feel comfortable calling it by that name. It is Easy/Peasy to assemble, then toss it into your slow cooker and let it do its thing. It is an excellent Autumn/Cold Weather stew, and as of this writing, those days are about to come upon us. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 15 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For slow cooker essentials: beef paprika stew

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • STAGE I
  • 3 lb
    chuck roast, boneless, trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch (1.2cm) cubes
  • 1 md
    yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • STAGE II
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 c
    beef stock, not broth
  • 1 c
    beer, lite variety
  • 14 oz
    diced tomatoes, 1 can, with juice
  • 8 oz
    tomato sauce, 1 can
  • DRY INGREDIENTS
  • 3 Tbsp
    paprika, more on this later
  • 1 tsp
    lemon pepper spice
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    fennel seeds, ground
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • THE VEGGIES
  • 2 - 3 md
    carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 - 5 sm
    red or golden potatoes, quartered (peeling optional)
  • 1/4 c
    peas, frozen variety is fine
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS (FOR SERVING)
  • hot sauce, i prefer frank’s
  • sour cream
  • crusty bread
  • some frosty cold ones
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How To Make slow cooker essentials: beef paprika stew

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    When cutting the carrots, at the thicker end I cut them into rounds about 1/2 inch (1.2cm) thick, and then slice into halfmoons. As the carrot tapers towards the end, I just leave them as rounds. Not only does that give some visual variety to the dish, but it also keeps the pieces bitesize.
  • 3
    THE PAPRIKA There are a lot of different types of paprika on the market but there is one you want to avoid, and that is the smoked variety. I did try it and it overpowered the dish. For this recipe, I wound up using 1/2 hot and 1/2 sweet… brilliant.
  • 4
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 5
    STAGE I
  • 6
    Cut up the beef, thinly slice the onions, then place them into the bowl of your slow cooker and mix in the apple cider vinegar. Toss with the dry spices and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  • 7
    STAGE II
  • 8
    Add all the Stage II ingredients and mix to combine.
  • 9
    Be sure to whisk the flour into the beef stock before adding.
  • 10
    Set the slow cooker to low and cook for about 3.5 hours.
  • 11
    While the stew is cooking, prep the veggies. After the allotted time, open the slow cooker and mix in the veggies.
  • 12
    Seal and continue to cook, until the potatoes and carrots are cooked, and the meat tender, about an additional 2 – 2.5 hours.
  • 13
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • 14
    Serve over rice, or egg noodles. Enjoy.
  • 15
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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