Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew
There are days when I have time to stand in the kitchen, spending hours preparing a wonderful meal for my family’s dinner. Then, there are days when I’m lucky that I have time to sit down and eat with my family at all, let alone make a meal. On days when the clock just doesn’t have enough hours on it to get the to-do list completed, I love to turn to crock pot meals! There are few things better than to have a satisfying meal, such as Beef Stew, ready and waiting for you when you get home.
I actually made this recipe for the first time for dinner a couple of days ago. I wanted something warm, since the weather had turned chilly again. Soups just sing of cooler temperatures to me. My initial thought was my traditional vegetable beef stew, but we were out of potatoes. So, instead, I created this soup using what we had on hand, and I am in love with the flavors!
Here’s what you’ll need to grab:
- 2 Beef Bouillon cubes
- 32 oz Veggie Broth
- 2 pounds Beef Stew meat
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 can Tomato Sauce
- 4 Carrots
- 1/2 Onion
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1 tsp Rosemary
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 2 tsp Bay Leaves
- 2 tsp Parsley
This is dish is super simple to make. It basically comes down to three main steps.
Chop your ingredients.
Brown your meat.
Use your slow cooker.
First, you’ll want to get everything chopped up. Your carrots, onion and, if you’re like me, the stew meat. I love for things to be in bite size chunks. It’s something I did when the kids were little and now they’ve just come to expect it. One time, I forgot to chop up the beef stew meat for the soup and my daughter asked why the meat grew. Needless to say, I chop it up now as no one wants to eat meat that is still growing! That part is optional though if your family prefers the larger beef stew chunks.
Next, you’ll want to brown your meat. In your skillet, over medium heat, you’ll want to mix your oil and meat. If desired, you could add some salt and pepper here to add a little extra flavor to your meat. You’re not looking to fully cook the meat, simply to give it a light brown color. Usually 2-3 minutes is all this takes.
Then, you’re ready to dump it all into the crock pot. Everything gets tossed in together and left to cook while you go and do what needs to be done. If you use high heat, you’ll need 3-4 hours, or if it’s a busy day and you’ll be gone longer, cook it on low for 7-8 hours.
Simply stir, serve and enjoy!
It’s a unique, upscale taste to your traditional beef stew. This recipe makes enough stew for 4 people. We have five in our family, and we made it stretch by adding in a couple extra sides; however, in the future, I’ll be doubling up to give larger portions and hopefully have a tad left over for lunch the next day.
I’m always looking for new ways to make stews.
What beef stew recipe do you use most often?
Is it one handed down through your family,
or one you created yourself?
I’d love to know. Comment below!