The beginning of October signals it’s time for soup, stew and chili season! I love the ease and simplicity of a one dish meal and the crock pot makes it all super convenient! Yesterday I found a new crock pot beef stew recipe that is delicious!
Below is the recipe as I found it on the internet. It’s called “The Best Crockpot Beef Stew”. And it is very good! I made a few simple changes based on ingredients I had on hand. My Mother has a little trick that is helpful for soups and stews. She keeps a plastic container in the freezer and whenever she and Dad have leftover rice, or veggies, she pops them in the freezer. When it’s time to make stew or soup, she pops them in. It’s the perfect way to use what you have and reduce waste! I guess that’s where the term “pot luck” came from!
2 pounds beef stew meat-cut into bite-sized cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2-3 cloves minced garlic
6 ounce can tomato paste
32 ounces beef broth
2 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 medium onion finely chopped (I used a red onion)
2 cups baby carrots
3 cups potatoes chopped into bite size pieces (I used baking potatoes but you can use red potatoes)
1 cup frozen peas (I used one 14.5 ounce can of green beans instead)
1 cup frozen corn (I used one can of whole kernel corn instead)
¼ cup flour
¼ cup water
Combine beef, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, Worchestershire sauce, beef broth and tomato paste in the crock pot. (All but the last four ingredients) Cook on low for 10 hours or on High for 6-7 hours or until meat and veggies are tender.
About half an hour prior to serving add the peas (or beans) and corn. Mix the flour and water together and add to the crock pot. This will allow the broth to thicken. Continue cooking covered until all is heated. Serve with warm toasted bread. Enjoy!