Crock pots make cooking so easy. All you have to do is prepare ingredients, put them in the pot, and get ready to come home to a great, warm meal.
Crock pots can be great for preparing any kind of meal, but they are best for stews and soups. This beef stew recipe is one that is perfect for any crockpot. It is a cold weather favorite, and, when comparing recipes, this is the best.
Stews can include any ingredients, including a combination of vegetables and meats. Tougher meats, like beef, are best because they are great for slow cooking.
Stews are also best when cooked at a low temperature because this allows them to simmer as flavors mingle. That’s why a crock pot is the perfect vessel for soup preparation.
This beef stew is made with plenty of healthy vegetables like onion, green pepper, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, and mushrooms. They are great sources of vitamins that will give you energy and improve overall health.
Beef is also a healthy ingredient in this dish. It is a great source of protein. It is also rich in nutrients and can boost your mood and protect your heart.
The meal is easy to make. Once you sautee the ingredients, you are ready to throw them into the pot. After letting the ingredients sit for the day, you can get ready to enjoy a delicious meal.
This crockpot beef stew recipe mixes different flavors that soak into the meat through slow cooking. Filled with lots of vegetables, it’s an easy one pot meal. Serve with buttered rolls and enjoy home cooking at its easiest!
Beef stew is a filling comfort food, the perfect meal to gather the family around the table with. Serve some to your family tonight for a sure to please crowd favorite.
Beef Stew Crock Pot Recipe
1 medium sliced onion
1 large clove garlic
1 medium green pepper, chopped
3 Tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup chopped celery
3 cups beef stock
1 small can mushrooms
2 pounds beef stew meat
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1. Saute onion, pepper and garlic in oil. Add salt, pepper, barbecue sauce, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, beef stock and mushrooms.
2. Add the stew meat to the crock pot, cover with mixture. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
3. Mix cornstarch and cold water, add to crock pot to thicken before serving.
Sides to Serve with Beef Stew
Looking for something extra to throw in with your beef stew for a complete dinner? Look no further! We've got some great suggestions for you.
- Bread. Dipping a chunk of bread in your stew is an experience like no other. It will leave you feeling warm and satisfied in no time. Grab a loaf of fresh bread from your local bakery and enjoy.
- Applesauce. If you're making a stew, then chances are it's fall or winter. Apples are freshest and most plentiful during this time of the year, so applesauce is the perfect side dish to have with your stew. Make your own if you can; otherwise, buy some from the store. Throw some cinnamon on top, and you've got a simple and healthy side dish.
- Cottage cheese. Cottage cheese has gotten much more popular recently. It's packed with protein, making it perfect for those of you looking to build or maintain muscle. Grab the low-fat version to make it healthier.
- Mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes and stew is a tried-and-true classic combination. There's no going wrong here. Use your favorite gravy and serve it up!
- Cornbread. If plain bread is too boring for you, then why not give cornbread a try? Cornbread has been around for so long, and for good reason. It's delicious, and it's a nice change from ordinary white bread. Buy some premade mix from the store, or make your own from scratch.
- Corn pudding. This is a bit of an uncommon side, but it's a good one! This side dish combines whole kernel corn and creamed corn together. If you want something different, this is definitely the dish to try!
- Cheddar cheese biscuits. This is definitely going to be a favorite for kids. Cheddar cheese biscuits are savory and delicious. If you want, you can dip them in the stew for added flavor, or to soak up that last bit of stew on your plate! Consider letting your kids lend you a hand with this one.
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