A hearty stew for your slow cooker!
One of the best feelings is coming home after a long day, knowing that you’ll soon be walking into your home to the aroma of an already prepared dinner.
We’re guessing you probably agree. Slow cooker meals are the best! Not only is the chopping, dicing and prepping completed beforehand, but clean up is a breeze and leftovers are always a win.
You can’t go wrong with the heartiness and ease of this classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.
This recipe is truly a one-dish wonder. The variety of wintery, fiber-rich veggies, the perfectly cooked potatoes, and the hunks of tender beef will have your taste buds singing and your family happy. A generous portion will provide you with an adequate source of protein, fats, carbs and fiber making this a perfectly-balanced meal all in one bowl. However, if you’re wanting a little somethin’ more to go along with this Slow Cooker Beef Stew, we highly recommend to serve it up with our delicious Gluten-free Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red-Lobster copycat biscuits). They’re perfect for dunking into the last bit of soup at the bottom of the bowl.
Hold in the flavors by sautéing the beef cubes before adding to the slow cooker.
While this step isn’t necessary, we both agree that the beef cubes hold-up better and the flavors are more bold when sautéed on medium heat in a bit of fat just until browned on all sides. Wondering which fat to use? See our 3 must-have oils for the kitchen here.
However, we’re all about ease here so if time is not in your favor (we get it!), go ahead and throw the raw beef in the slow cooker, right along with the rest of the ingredients. Set the slow cooker on low and carry on with your day.
Adding 2 Tbsp. of potato starch will thicken this Slow Cooker Beef Stew just a bit.
In addition to sautéing the beef, another optional step is to add potato starch to the hot stew. This will thicken it up nicely and make it extra stew-like if that’s your jam.
As most soups & stews are, this recipe makes a perfect freezer-meal to have on hand. We like to portion them into individual servings and have them on hand for emergency meals. Meaning those days when you’ve just got nothin’ in the fridge and zero ambition to cook-up a meal.
The Slow Cooker of our dreams!
We both use a basic slow cooker but if you’re on the hunt for a new one, we wanted to share with you a slow cooker that we’ve both been eyeing up. It’s the Cuisinart 3-In-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker. It can slow cook, brown/sauté, and steam. Perfect for combination cooking and easy to switch between the settings. If you have this slow cooker you must let us know! Of course we’ll be jealous but we’d love to hear how you like it!
Is your mouth watering yet? We know you’ll love our Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe! Give it a try and let us know what you think.
- 1 ½ lb. beef stew meat, cubed
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 medium potatoes, diced
- 1 small parsnip, peeled and cubed (about ½ lb.)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups green beans, fresh or frozen
- 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
- 3-4 cups chicken or beef broth
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- ½ tsp. dried rosemary, lightly crushed
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. potato starch (optional)
- Heat 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add stew meat and cook until browned, then flip and brown on all sides. Transfer to slow cooker.
- Place all of the ingredients in a slow-cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.
- (Optional step) Combine potato starch with a few tablespoons cold water and stir into hot stew to thicken.
What are your favorite slow cooker meals? Let us know if you’d like to see more Slow Cooker recipes?
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