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}

Yay it's really starting to feel like Fall in Texas!!!! Finally we got a big enough cold front that our temperatures dropped some.  The day time temp is in the high 60's and the nights are in the 40's, lets keep our fingers crossed it lasts. I am always so jealous of everyone else getting the Fall weather so early.

I guess it's not early 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 or Straight to Summer. I get so tired of having to run the air conditioner 7 months out of the year and having to keep winter and summer clothes in the closet at the same time.... Oh how we long for the cooler weather.

Its so funny as soon as a bit of cool air comes in we just go crazy and break out the long sleeves and start making fires in the fireplace.   We run around acting like its so cold out, oh well our cool weather days are far and few in between. 

I guess that's our excuse for being so crazy this time of the year. I got a bit of the Fall bug yesterday and wanted to make a nice stew or soup. I ended up choosing Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker. The kid's were out of school and I was  pressed for time, so I apologize for not getting my regular picture tutorial.
It's really a toss it and forget kind of meal so i don't really think a step by step was needed. I did get a few pictures of the finished product. I usually purchase one of those seasoning packets for beef stew and prepare it that way, but when i got started i did not have one on hand so i really had to just wing it on the seasoning this time.
I approximated on the seasonings so really use you own taste on that part. In the end I thought it turned out really good.   It was so nice to have a big bowl of hot stew it really warmed us up inside and out. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the cool days will last, but I wont hold my breath it is Texas I live in LOL.


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
3 - 4 medium potatoes, cut (1 - inch cubes)
1/2 - cup onions, small pieces
1 - cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 -10 1/2 oz - canned 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 (recipe below)
2 - tablespoons cornstarch

Add the oil to a large skillet and get it nice and hot. Add the meat and brown on all sides.  When the meat is browned add to a 6 qt crock pot. 

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

Cook the meat mixture on high for one hour then add the potatoes the potatoes, carrots, frozen mixed vegetables and seasoning. 

Continue cooking on high 3-4 hours or on low for 6. On the last hour of cooking add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to a small bowl and add about 3 tablespoons of the stew broth. 

Mix together 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.

Paula's House Seasoning Recipe:

1 - cup salt
1/4 - cup black pepper
1/4 - cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Use as much
House Seasoning as the recipe calls for.


~ 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!


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