Thursday, January 17, 2013

chunky beef stew

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This ones for the crock pot and oh my its the best beef stew I have had! This one was found here,  went back for seconds and were stuffed to the rafters with goodness. It was a chilly night around 10 degrees and just perfect for warming the belly.

Arent these bowls the cutest?! They are vintage and made in the USA {Ebay baby!}. I'll be trying a homemade onion soup in these cuties next week, can't wait!

Whats your favorite soup?

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • 2 lbs of stewing beef, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • about 20 mini-potatoes, cut large ones in half, leave smallest ones as is (I like to use a mix of yellow, red and blue, no need to peel)
  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes (I use plum tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups sodium reduced beef broth, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and then lightly brown the meat in batches. Transfer browned beef to a plate and set aside.
Dump the tomatoes into the slow cooker (juice and all). Crush them with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Add the onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the vegetables and then add the beef and any accumulated drippings. Pour 2 1/2 cups of the beef broth over the beef and vegetables. Give the mixture a quick stir. Add the bay leaves.
Cover and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.
About 20 minutes before serving, add the peas (no need to defrost first), salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth, creating a smooth paste. Stir into the stew. Replace the slow cooker cover and cook until thickened (about 15-20 minutes).
Remove the bay leaves before serving.


  1. Oh you know I pinned it! Gotta try this out. It's been cold for sunny California these past few days. =0)
    And those bowls are the cutest!!!

  2. Another So Cal eater here! and, wow you read my mind with this post--I even have stew beef in the fridge, so it's off to try your recipe (seriously, hoping it will be ready for dinner!)

  3. yesyesyes!! i'm all about the crockpot cooking (in so lazy with the kitchen)and this sounds ah-mazing. pinning this!

  4. This Looks so fantastic I have to make!!

  5. We LOVE beef stew in our house! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects!

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