December 12, 2012

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This is the kind of winter time comfort food that makes me ache for a snow day, endless couch time, and The West Wing episodes [pre-season 5]. Making this in the slow cooker allows the meat to be cut-with-a-spoon tender and all the flavors to infuse into the vegetables. I came home to the smell of this simmering after a long day at work and was probably too pleased with myself for prepping this the night before, when I would have preferred to watch [name of embarrassing show redacted to protect the integrity of this very serious blog].

Ingredients & Tools
  • 1 lbs. beef cubes
  • 5 carrots
  • 4 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • slow cooker

This is a hefty list of spices, but you can easily adjust this to your tastes. I like the combination of the Worcestershire sauce and the less traditional rosemary and paprika. You spice this your way. I see recipes as suggestions, not rules. Of course, that kind of thinking doesn't apply to baking, but it may be quite awhile before you see a cake recipe in these parts. I digress. 

Chop the meat into smaller pieces. This will make it easier to eat and create more surface area for your spices. Add the meat and spices to the stoneware of your slower cooker. It will look like a lot of seasoning, but many vegetables and liquid will be added and all that seasoning will be distributed.

Leave the meat at the bottom and layer the vegetables on top. Peel and chop the carrots. Chop the potatoes. I didn't peel them. I don't think it's necessary for a stew. Add your chopped onion. 

Add the can of crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire, and water and stir.

Cook on low for 12 hours and add the peas about 30 minutes before serving. When you come home from work near fainting because you ate your 'lunch' at 10:30 in the morning, this will be waiting for you.


  1. Made this for dinner last night - so good! Loving your blog, and can't wait to check out more recipes!

    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for checking out the blog--I'm having a lot of fun writing it!