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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Nothing beats a hearty stew simmering in your slow cooker all day, and this meat and potato stew is sure to please the pickiest eaters in your bunch. Serve with bread or biscuits.

Ingredients

  • ¾ pounds Baby Carrots Or Peeled, Whole Carrots
  • 2 pounds Potatoes, Scrubbed
  • 1-½ pound Beef Steak Or Roast
  • 1 cup Flour, For Dusting Beef
  • 3 pinches Salt, Pepper, Onion Salt, And Garlic Salt, For Sprinkling On Beef
  • 32 ounces, fluid Beef Broth
  • 1 whole Dried Bay Leaf
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1-½ teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • ¼ cups Cornstarch
  • ½ cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, Pepper, Onion Salt, And Garlic Salt, Or To Taste

Preparation

1. Cut carrots, potatoes, and beef in bite-sized pieces.

2. Add carrots and potatoes to slow cooker.

3. Dredge about one-third to half the beef pieces in flour.

4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add cooking spray or some oil. Sear beef until lightly brown. Add beef to slow cooker.

5. Add some of the broth to the pan – just enough to loosen up the bits on the bottom.

6. Add deglazed broth to slow cooker, and repeat with remaining beef.

7. Add remaining broth to slow cooker, along with bay leaf, onion powder, and seasoned salt. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours, until beef and vegetables are tender.

8. Combine cornstarch and water, and stir into stew. If stew thickens immediately, season to taste and serve anytime. Otherwise, turn heat to high and cook stew an additional 30 minutes. (Slow cookers really do vary in temperature.)

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skynymini on 10.18.2010

I would love to try this tomorrow, it sounds delish! Wondering if it would turn out 4-5 hours on high.. I’ve never made stew in the slow cooker before and I don’t get home from work till noon! Hoping I don’t have to wait for the weekend! Thanks :)

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terrilw on 3.5.2010

This was really great!

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sophiebee on 3.2.2010

I’m going to try this tomorrow!

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michellectrent on 10.13.2009

We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Just like I remember beef stew tasting like when I was a kid! It was the perfect meal to have waiting for us after 2 rainy soccer practices! Thanks for the great recipe!
(I also added 1/2 an onion to the recipe)

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tadacreations on 10.8.2009

LOVED this!!! I added some onion and next time I’ll add celery too. I’ll probably put in half the cornstarch next time since it was even thicker the next day. Great flavor! My 4 year old loves it too.

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jayelle on 4.1.2011

This was perfect! I didin’t use chuck b/c it’s too fatty tasting to me. I used grassfed shoulder and sweet potatoes for the extra vitamins. Lovely, the whole family loved it

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catie27 on 2.19.2011

Yummy and easy! I cheated a little and used pre-cut stew meat. Searing the meat and deglazing the pan is so smart. I might toss in some red wine or replace some of the beef stock with beer next time as an experiment, but I thought this stew was awesome!

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mnox1 on 2.14.2011

This was a huge hit in our house! We used whole carrots (unpeeled, but scrubbed), used 1/3 Spanish onion instead of the onion powder/onion salt, omitted the cornstarch and water (did not need it, in our opinion), used garlic powder instead of garlic salt and threw in additional veggies (celery, parsnips, mushrooms and some asparagus – cleaned out the fridge). We will be making this a lot. Thanks!!!

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mandre on 1.8.2011

Had to get over here and give it the 5 mits… SO GOOD!

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rigbigo on 12.11.2010

Delicious! and SO Easy!

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