beef stew jeanne's way

a recipe by
Jeanne Gliddon
Los Banos, CA

My Mother used to make a good pot of stew but I have taken her recipe and tweaked it until it is now my own. What I love about a stew is that you can clean out your fridge when you get overstocked with veggies. You can add pretty much anything you want but still use the basic broth ingredients. And what could be better than a hearty one pot meal that only requires a nice hot and crunchy French Roll by its side!

serves 6 to 8
prep time 45 Min
cook time 8 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For beef stew jeanne's way

  • 2 lb
    beef stew meat
  • 18 sm
    red potatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 stalk
    celery, sliced
  • 1 lg
    yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 c
    baby carrots
  • 2 lg
    handfuls fresh green beans, trimmed & split in half
  • 1 - 1 lb. can
    whole tomatoes, puréed, i used hand blender
  • 1-14.5 oz. can
    diced tomatoes w/basil, garlic & oregano
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    summer savory, optional
  • seasonings of your choice
  • 1/4 c
    canola oil, add more if needed
  • 1/4 c
    flour for roux.

How To Make beef stew jeanne's way

  • 1
    In a skillet warm Canola Oil over medium to medium high heat.
  • 2
    Season stew meat with Sea Salt and pepper.
  • 3
    Place meat in skillet in stages (don't overload skillet) and brown. Turn over and sauté until browned.
  • 4
    Place browned meat in a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • 5
    Add flour to oil to make a roux and stir scrapping bottom of pan with spoon to loosen dredgings.
  • 6
    Cook roux until it is golden brown in color.
  • 7
    Add enough water to roux to make a gravy like consistency. Bring to boil and cook until thicker.
  • 8
    To gravy, add puréed tomatoes and diced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, Summer Savory (optional) and any seasonings of your choice.
  • 9
    Add all veggies to meat.
  • 10
    Add gravy sauce to meat and veggie mixture.
  • 11
    Stir all ingredients until well blended.
  • 12
    Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours
  • 13
    Enjoy a delicious pot of Beef Stew!
  • 14
    Hint: If you get a late start on your stew then cook on high for two hours and turn down to low for the remainder of cooking time. Picture is from night 2 leftovers when I added frozen peas!