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Momma's Slow Cooker Beef Stew

beef nut-free slow cooker/crockpot soup/stew

Momma's Beef Stew

Momma's Slow Cooker Beef Stew

One bite of this stew takes me right back to my younger days, walking through the front door of my home post-soccer practice, drenched in Oregon rain and covered in mud. I always felt a sense of relief when I smelled her slow cooker beef stew, because I knew it would be just the thing to warm me up and fill my hungry belly.

The best part about this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to throw together before letting the slow cooker do the rest of the work for you. The traditional recipe includes beef, but if you're vegan/vegetarian, I also explain how you can make this dish vegetarian.

I hope it comforts your soul like it does mine! <3

Time: 10 minutes + 4-8 hours

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb red potatoes, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart beef broth (or any kind of broth you prefer)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

      Directions:

      • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt and pepper. Then add the stew meat, cover, and toss until the meat is well coated with the flour mixture
      • Optional: brown the meat in an oiled skillet 
      • Add all of the remaining ingredients (including the stew meat) into the slow cooker, and mix well
      • Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or on LOW for 6-8 hours, until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked through to 145°F
      • Serve immediately, or divide evenly among food storage containers, let cool, and store in the refrigerator/freezer

         Recipe Modifications:

        • Gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour
        • Nut-free: None
        • Vegetarian/Vegan: Omit the flour and stew meat. Cook the vegetables in the crockpot as instructed, adding 1-2 cans of your favorite legume (kidney beans and chickpeas would work well for this recipe)

        Recipe Notes:

        • You can up the vegetable content of this dish by adding 2-3 celery stalks, sliced

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