Beef Stew in Slow Cooker

Beef Stew for the Lazy

I decided to make beef stew on a whim yesterday, and stopped by a local Safeway market on the way home to buy some ingredients.I thought, “Sure! Why not give beef stew a try?” And of course, I took it the easy way and made beef stew the slow method – in a slow cooker!

The recipe (from allrecipes.com) is rather simple and ingredients easy to get.

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 potatoes, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

Directions:
1. Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.
2. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

Beef Stew in Slow Cooker

Beef Stew in Slow Cooker

One word of caution (advice?) is that the amount of beef broth the recipe calls for does not cover all the ingredients when you first put them in. This is okay! As long as you have your beef at the very bottom and the potatoes in the middle, these thick chunks will cook through. I would prefer more soup in the stew because I like mixing it in rice or noodles, but this is my take. The taste is wonderful though! No need to make changes. I popped everything in the cooker before I headed out to work and came back to a house smelling oh-so-gooood!

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