There are plenty of recipes out there (really good recipes) that call for ingredients that "spice up" or "fancy up" a beef stew recipe. I'm a plain cook and I like to let the main ingredients flavor a recipe as much as possible just using salt & pepper as my seasonings. If you are looking for fancy, spiced up or a recipe that will take you more than 10 minutes to add to the crockpot -- please skip this one. If you are looking for a easy-to-make, simple, basic yet delicious beef stew and you are OK with the fact that it's able to stand on it's own without herbs, spices or ingredients you can't pronounce, then you may be interested in this one. Perfect for picky kids or someone who has never really cooked before.