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crock pot super easy beef stew

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Melissa Fleetwood
Ava, MO

The secret to this recipe is the potatoes. It gives this stew an unmistakable delicious flavor. You can add peas and mushrooms. We just don't like those in this particular stew. The cloves of garlic I used were in vinegar (you can find this in your local grocery store or Walmart). This recipe can be made with any veggies you like, but you will want to keep the step with the potatoes.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

All of the fresh veggies give this easy beef stew so much flavor. Letting this simmer in the Crock Pot for a long time lets the flavors mingle. Cooking the potatoes with ranch seasoning and roasting them, keeps them from getting mushy. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread for a comforting meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 6 -10
prep time 20 Min
cook time 9 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For crock pot super easy beef stew

  • 1 1/2 lb
    beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1/3 tsp
    Lawry's seasoning salt
  • dash
    garlic salt
  • 1 can
    diced stewed tomatoes; with juice (14.5 oz)
  • 4 stalk
    celery, cubed
  • 1 bag
    carrots, cubed (around 6)
  • 2 lg
    onions, cubed
  • 1 md
    green bell pepper, cubed
  • 3 clove
  • 1/2 c
    beef or chicken stock
  • 1 pkg
    brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 c
    water (to mix with gravy packet)
  • 4-6 md
    potatoes, cubed
  • 1 pkg
    dry ranch seasoning mix

How To Make crock pot super easy beef stew

  • Browning and seasoning stew meat.
    Take a non-stick skillet, add stew meat, garlic salt, and Lawry's seasoning salt. Brown meat (about five minutes).
  • Garlic, tomatoes, celery, carrots, bell pepper, onions, stock, and gravy in slow cooker.
    While the meat is browning, add to the Crock Pot: cloves of garlic, stewed tomatoes with juice, celery, carrots, green bell pepper, onions, beef or chicken stock, and brown gravy (I whisked the brown gravy with a bit of water to eliminate lumps).
  • Adding browned beef to the slow cooker.
    Top with browned beef.
  • Stew cooking in a slow cooker.
    Put the lid on the slow cooker. Place temperature on low and cook for 8-10 hours. Your time will depend on how your cooker heats. I have three pots and they each cook differently.
  • Coating cubed potatoes in ranch seasoning.
    Now, take your cubed potatoes (washed, of course) and place them in a very large bowl. Sprinkle your dry ranch packet over the potatoes. Take a large spoon and stir until every potato is coated well.
  • Potatoes in a resealable bag.
    Place coated potatoes in a Ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Adding baked potatoes to the slow cooker.
    Now it's morning and you will pre-heat oven to 350. Bake your ranch-covered potatoes until tender (20-30 minutes). Ovens vary so you might want to watch after about 20 minutes to make sure you don't burn them. Once done, add them to your stew and ENJOY!!