About This Beef Stew Crock Pot Easy Recipe
Over the decades, the efforts involved with making this beef stew crock pot simple, required a lot of steps and timings to get it right. Finally, this quick recipe eliminates some of those steps and timings to make it this beef stew crock pot simple. It’s quick in prep work; it just takes time to cook on its own.
You don’t have to braise (brown) the meat first. That’s an important step to keep if you not using a slow cooker, though. Not having to braise the meat is a big bonus also because it’s one less pan involved in cleanup. Also, because of layering the meat on the bottom of the crock pot, and ensuring the veggies are on top, the veggies won’t cook as fast due to no direct contact with the bottom heating element. This results in them not being excessively soft or mushy.
1 Dish Crock Pot Beef Stew
- 1 Crockpot
- 2 lbs. London broil or stew meat cut into bite size pieces
- ¼ cup flour all purpose
- 1 tsp minced garlic or ½ garlic powder
- 1¾ cup beef broth
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 medium onion quartered
- 2 stalks celery split down middle, cut into quarters
- 3 large carrots split down middle, cut into quarters
- 6 small red potatoes quartered & unpeeled. White potatoes can be substituted.
- 1 leaf bay leaf
- Place meat into the crockpot.
- Pour flour over meat. Add salt & pepper to your liking. Stir until coated.
- Add in the garlic and paprika. Pour in the beef broth and stir to mix everything well.
- On top of meat, add to distribute carrots, celery and potatoes. Do not stir and keep vegetables on top of meat so they don't overcook and become mushy.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours in crockpot. Remove bay leaf and serve.
What are some sides that go with this Beef Stew Crock Pot Simple Recipe?
What can I do to make my Beef Stew vegetables not mushy?
You can put them into the crockpot later than the meat. Crock pot temps and times are varied across different brands and models. If you find your veggies are too mushy, first check to see if you put the crock pot on LOW. If it’s on low (or you only have one heat setting), put them into the crock pot later. Usually, the most irritating veggies to get too soft are the potatoes and the carrots. So, you can consider putting them into the crock pot about 1-2 hours after the start of the cooking process.
Don’t you usually cook potatoes before putting them into the Beef Stew?
No. They’d be too soft by the end of the stew cooking process. Also, they wouldn’t be as flavorful.
Is there anything extra that makes this beef stew crock pot healthy?
Yes. One item is that you do have lots of vegetables but, we’re also leaving the skin on the potatoes. Peeling the potatoes is a step that can be forgone and isn’t necessary. By leaving the skin on, it has some good added healthy nutrients. Mostly, it adds a lot of fiber (about equal to the potato itself) but also it’s good in iron. The rest of the skin’s nutritional values are minor levels but there are a few more.
I’m out of Beef Broth. Can I use Chicken Broth?
You can. The flavor will be different but it will still taste okay. There are others saying you can replace it with Worcestershire Sauce or Soy Sauce but, I don’t recommend those two. Those 2 ingredients have flavors that are extremely strong and, with even a small amount, it won’t taste anything like a beef stew. Also, the Soy Sauce will make it too salty.
Nutritional Values of Beef Stew
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Make this stew and also these thin crusty garlic bread slices on the side. You’ll then have a full gourmet meal.