Published On: Thu, Oct 13th, 2016

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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The changing leaves and crisp air outside mean, to us, one thing– it’s slow cooker season! Our first plan for our favorite appliance ever? Slow Cooker Beef Stew!

 Beef stew is, of course, a classic dish that warms the heart as much as it warms your mouth and stomach. One bite and the flavors take you back to Sunday dinners at Mom’s house, with meals full of love and care. The fact that this one only takes 20 minutes to prep before allowing the slow cooker to take over and do it’s job, letting you actually enjoy that quality time with your family? Priceless.
 We’re making our stew with the usual suspects: beef stew meat, of course, plus a foundation of potatoes, onion, celery, carrots and fresh herbs. That’s all mixed together with a few other, slightly-more-special ingredients to give this stew some kick and even more savory flavor. Watch to see what they are and how it all comes together, then read on for the full recipe!

SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-½ pounds potatoes, 1-inch dice
  • 2 medium onions, 1-inch dice
  • 3 medium carrots, 1-inch chop
  • 3 stalks celery, 1-inch chop
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 to 2-½ pounds beef stew meat, 2-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 – 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bay leaf in the liner of a slow cooker. Using kitchen twine, tie together the rosemary and thyme, and add to the slow cooker.
    Potatoes, celery, carrots, rosemary, bay leaf and onion for slow cooker beef stew
  2. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Working in batches, dredge the beef in flour. Shake off any excess and place the beef in the hot sauté pan, browning all sides. Add the seared beef to the slow cooker.
  5. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, loosening up all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the mix to the slow cooker.
  6. Add the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and the diced tomatoes to the slow cooker, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Adding diced tomatoes to slow cooker beef stew
  7. Cover and cook for 6 hours on high.
  8. Remove the cover and continue to cook for an additional 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat and vegetables are fork tender and the stew has thickened.
Serving beef stew made in slow cooker

Simple, classic, delicious– it doesn’t get better than a stew like this one! We especially love the addition of the fond from deglazing the pan with the red wine, because cooking with wine? Almost as fun as eating with it!

Yellow bowl of beef stew made in slow cooker

What do you think of our Slow Cooker Beef Stew? Will you give it a try this fall? How would you change it up and make it your own? Let us know if you give it a try and be sure to tell us how it turns out for you!

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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