As you’d notice from my last recipe Way Easy Chicken Bone Broth, nothing quite makes my taste buds high five themselves like soups and stews. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! Don’t worry, I won’t be mean and keep all the goodness to myself.
This slow cooker beef stew is so versatile and can be flavored and savored however you’d like. I’ve even included tips to make it allergy-friendly for all my food-sensitive friends, and bare minimum easy for those of us who need less work!
First things first. You’ll want a 6+ quart slow cooker. I’m on my 4th slow cooker (2 are currently in my possession), and I can’t think of any valid reason to ever say “no” to more! Especially if you find yourself rushed to get food on the table after work, these fab friends are a must to keep around. Just dump (ingredients), cover (slow cooker), press (“on” button), and go (wherever you want, because you don’t have to cook all day! Yay!).
You’ll also want a garlic peeler/press. These guys have really helped conserve my energy while cooking, especially since I tend to use a LOT of garlic!
Feel free to add mushrooms, celery, broccoli, peas, rosemary, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves or anything else that makes you happy 🙂 .
|Prep Time||30 minutes|
|Cook Time||4-8 hours|
- 3 lb Stew Meat
- 1/4 C flour see notes below for Paleo/Gluten Free
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp thyme
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 TBSP cilantro fresh, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 4 medium potatoes chopped
- 4 cups broth/stock •
Stew Meat Makeup
- Dredge stew meat in flour/salt/pepper mixture before adding to the slow cooker
- Cover meat with all the rest of the ingredients
- cook on high for 4-6 hours, and on low for 6-8 hours.
Nightshade alert! You can easily leave out the pepper and paprika and substitute turmeric, coriander, ginger and/or cumin.
Paleo? Substitute the russet potatoes with sweet potatoes and/or celery root. Sub out the flour with 3 TBSPs arrowroot powder.
Gluten Free? Sub out the flour with 3 TBSPs arrowroot powder or 3 TBSPs corn starch.
Need something easier? Skip the meat makeup (you can always add in your cornstarch/arrowroot powder at the end anyway if you want things thicker), sub out the fresh onion, cilantro and garlic with powdered versions, and you can even skip the potato chopping and pealing by leaving this out too!
Have you tried this recipe? Let us know your thoughts!