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beef stew

a recipe by
Lake Mills, WI

I sampled a delicious beef stew at a friend's house long ago. She shared the recipe with me and I misplaced it! When my Husband asked for "the kind of stew you always used to make." I had to recreate it for him. So of course I studied the recipes on JAP! I remembered some of what I used to add and took a few other things out of recipes on here. I knew I couldn't make it on the stove, not being home all day any more, so I adapted it to the slow cooker. I hope you give my "new and improved" recipe a try...and yes, my Husband thought I had found my recipe again! Success.

serves 6-10
prep time 30 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For beef stew

  • 2 lb
    beef stew meat or roast cut into bite sized pieces
  • flour(seasoned) (i used gluten free)
  • oil for browning
  • 1/2 c
    red wine
  • 4
    red potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 6 lg
    carrots, peeled and chunked
  • 1 lg
    onion, peeled and chunked
  • 1
    red pepper, bite sized
  • 1
    green pepper, bite sized
  • 1 stalk
    celery, bite sized
  • 4 oz
    fresh mushrooms, cut in half if large
  • 1 qt
    tomatoes, canned
  • 1 qt
    beef broth, stock or bullion
  • garlic,marjoram, bay leaf, basil, pepper and a pinch of chipotle grill seasoning
  • 1 qt
    frozen green beans

How To Make beef stew

  • 1
    In a large slow cooker layer the chopped vegetables except for the mushrooms.
  • 2
    Shake the meat cubes in the flour and brown in a heavy dutch oven in batches. I prefer a cast iron pot for this step.
  • 3
    As the meat browns, remove and add to the top of the veggies in the slow cooker.
  • 4
    Deglaze the pot with the red wine. (and a bit of water if necessary) Add the seasonings to this liquid and pour over the meat.
  • 5
    Add the mushrooms, beef broth and the quart of tomatoes with juice on top of all.
  • 6
    Put the green beans in right away or if there will be time, add them on top of the stew an hour before serving.
  • 7
    Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Give a good stir before serving. Great as leftovers too!