Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 hrs
This is a great Crock-Pot recipe for beef stew.
- 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 potatoes, diced
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups beef broth
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 teaspoons Kitchen Bouquet (optional)
- Place meat in crock pot.
- Mix flour, salt, pepper and pour over meat.
- Stir to coat meat with flour.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.
- Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
- Stir stew thoroughly before serving.
Be aware that this is the EXACT recipe that is printed in the booklet that comes with a new crockpot. It's easy enough, but they call for too much flour, it's a little pasty-tasting to me. Luckily, I made a test batch before I cooked for guests or I would have been embarrassed. Cut the flour amount down to about 1/2 and add more pepper. I've found that browning the beef first seals it and makes it taste better.
cut down on flour and brown the meat first
I tossed the meat in flour (reduced to about 1 tablespoon of flour), salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Then browned the meat in 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Removed the meat from sauce pan, added 4 cloves of garlic, minced, and 1 chopped onion, browned them. Deglazed with about 1/2 cup of red wine. Poured everything into the crock pot and added 1 small can of tomato paste and another 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Then followed the rest of the directions. Served this with a salad and crusty bread. The family loved this beef stew. They wanted more potatoes (but my crock pot was already full). I will make this again. Thank you.