• Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

    Dreaming of making an easy, tasty, super satisfying beef stew that takes only minutes to prep? I have been making this recipe for a decade. And each time I make it I wonder why I don’t make it more often. It is such a great dish! From time-to-time, I change things up, such as adding more carrots, or using small red potatoes instead of golden ones. When there is no Crock-Pot in sight, I cook the stew in a sturdy 4 Quart pot for about 6 hours in low heat. Served with warm, crusty bread, this stew is a winner meal–and healthy to boot. Give it a go, and make it your own. Let me know what other ingredients you like to add to your stew.

    Beef Stew
    Serves 4
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    8 hr
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    8 hr
    1. 1.5 lbs beef stew meat, cubed (1")
    2. 1 cup onion, chopped
    3. 2 celery stalks, chopped
    4. 1 tsp salt
    5. 1/2 tsp pepper
    6. 3 garlic cloves, minced
    7. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    8. 1 1/4 cup water
    9. 4 small onions, quartered
    10. 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
    11. 4-6 small golden potatoes
    12. 1/2 cup red wine
    13. 1 large tomato, chopped in large pieces
    14. 1 tbsp fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
    15. 1/4 tsp dried thyme
    16. 3 bay leaves
    17. oil for cooking
    1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in medium-high heat and brown the meat on all sides.
    2. Add the chopped onion, celery, salt, pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until the onion and celery are tender.
    3. Prepare the sauce thickener by whisking the all-purpose flour with the water.
    4. Set the slow cooker on high. Add to the cooker the sauce thickener, the meat with the cooked onions and celery, the quartered onions, the carrots, and the halved small potatoes.
    5. Pour in the wine. Add in the chopped tomato, parsley, dried thyme, and bay leaves.
    6. Cover the cooker with the lid. After one hour of cooking on high, change the setting to low. Wait at least 7 hours before checking on doneness (I usually wait 8 hours).
    7. When it is finished cooking, turn cooker off. Wait for the stew to cool a bit and thicken. And divide into 4 bowls (or 6 if you prefer smaller portions). Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
    1. For faster cooking time, cook on high heat for 5 hours.
    2. 21 Day Fix estimates for 6-serving portions: 1.5 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 tsp
    Adapted from Day by Day Cookbook
    Adapted from Day by Day Cookbook
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