Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Slow Cooker Beef Stew - Fall is Coming


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Slow Cooker Beef Stew - Fall is Coming

It's really starting to feel like Fall in North Texas!!!! We finally had a decent cold front come through and our temps dropped a bit. The high has been in the 60's and it's been 40's at night. Let's keep our fingers crossed it lasts. I'm always jealous when other states get fall weather so early in the year. 

I'm sure it's not early for y'all, but it just seems that way for us Texans. We never really get to enjoy spring or fall it usually just flies right by and goes straight to winter and then back to summer again. Oh how we long for the cooler weather.

This is the time of year that I get bit by the fall bug and that's exactly what happened to yesterday. I was on the fence about making a homemade soup or stew, but in the end I went with a Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  

This recipe is pretty much a toss it and forget it kind of meal. Normally I used the beef stew seasoning packet that you get at the grocery store and prepare it that way, but when I got started I realized I did not have any on hand, so I just used what I had in my pantry. In the end I thought it turned out really good.  

It was so nice to have a big bowl of hot stew to warm us up from the inside out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the cool days will last, but I wont hold my breath it is Texas and the weather can change in a blink of an eye. 

 


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 - pounds stew meat or chuck roast (cut in 1/2 to 1-inch cubes)
2 - tablespoons oil (olive, canola or vegetable)
5 - 6 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
3 - 4 medium potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 - cup onions, cut into small pieces
1 - cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 -10 1/2 oz can beef broth
1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1/2 - cup tomato sauce
1 - cup water
1 - bay leaf
pinch of ground thyme or a sprig of fresh rosemary
1/4 cup country bobs all purpose sauce
2 - teaspoons Paula Deen's House Seasoning
2 - tablespoons cornstarch
2 - tablespoons water 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. You want to get the skillet nice and hot. Add the stew meat and brown on all sides. When the meat is browned add to a 6 quart crock pot. 

Add beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water,  country bobs sauce, bay leaf and onions. Stir to combine. 

Turn the slow cooker to high and cook for one hour then add the potatoes, carrots, frozen mixed vegetables and seasoning. Turn the slow cooker to low and cook for for an additional 5-6 hours. 

On the last hour of cooking add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to a small bowl and add  2 tablespoons of water, mix to form a thin paste. 

Add the cornstarch mixture to the slow cooker and gently mix. Continue cooking the last hour.

Remove bay leaf and fresh rosemary before serving. We serve our stew over white or brown rice.

servings: 6-8

14 comments:

~ Kimberlee B ~ said... #

Looks delish. I posted my finished loaves of your banana bread recipe on my blog. It was yummy! Thank you.

Stephanie said... #

I like the idea of serving the stew over rice. We don't usually do that, but it looks so delicious!

3 Kids and Us said... #

That looks sooo good. I haven't made beef stew yet this year. I may have to run to the store and do this one tonight!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Kimberlee I am so glad you liked the banana bread. It is such a cinch with the cake mix. I left you a few comments.

Hi Stephanie I am sure that Beef Stew is not traditionally served over rice. Me and my dd are the only ones that eat it that way well my dh does sometimes, I lived in Hawaii for 9 years growing up (military brat) so rice is a staple so you eat it with a lot of dishes. I even have my chili over rice i guess i am wacky that way. You should try it sometime its great.

3 kids and us, I hope you like it. lmk if you make it and thanks for stopping by my site.

Debbie said... #

It does look great....rice is interesting. We love rice...we'll have to try it.
Our temps at this time of year vary from the 70's in the day time to 20's and 30's at night.
Chili over rice....isn't that the OHIO way? or is that over pasta?
Cinncinatti chili?

HiHoOhio said... #

Looks perfect! What will be our halloween treat for Friday!

Cincinnati chili needs a new name. Being from Texas and knowing that there is chocolate and cinnamon in the chili, it is WRONG at so many levels. It is not a bad food item, but it is NOT CHILI!

RecipeGirl said... #

I'm excited for it to start getting warmer here so I can whip up yummy things like this stew! Looks soooo comforting!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

REcipe Girl (Lori) is right. Your stew sounds yummy. But then you know I love your cooking Tina. It's like coming home for a delicious meal like mom used to make. Thank you for giving me those feelings neighbor.

*Priscilla* said... #

yummy, looks so good. we had fall and are now getting winter like weather...noooo!

Live.Love.Eat said... #

It's just starting to consistently be chilly here and I am loving it. Stew looks great!!!!!

Tiffany said... #

That looks wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have lots of great recipes here. I'll be bookmarking your site!

Maria said... #

Tina I love Beef Stew and often serve it with rice too! Your stew looks really delish and perfect Fall comfort food!

Maria
x

Anonymous said... #

Made this today and it tastes awesome!! Had to alter a few things, since we don't have bob's sauce in Sunny Ol' Australia, but I just added steak sauce instead and a couple of dashes of worcestershire and oh my goodness...sooooo good!! I added dumplings to the top, and the only problem I had with this recipe was not enough dumplings, which had nothing to do with you. YUM YUM YUM!!!

momoffourawesomekidz said... #

Love your site and recipes... I have a quick question. What is Bob's country sauce. Where do I buy it and find it in the store... thanks so much.... <3 nj girl