I was chatting with my sister recently, exchanging dinner ideas, and she mentioned a crockpot beef stew that she has made for years. I certainly didn’t have a dish like that in my repertoire, so I excitedly asked for the recipe. She chuckled and told me she didn’t have a recipe. She was so comfortable preparing this dish that she didn’t measure any of the ingredients as she added them to the crockpot – she just “eye-balled” it as she went along. So I asked her to do her big sister a BIG favor and either measure or at least give me approximate quantities the next time she prepared it – to which she obliged! After making this for my family (repeatedly!), I can now proudly share with you – Becky’s Beef Stew!!!
The hardest part is probably peeling and cubing the potatoes (although that’s not very hard!) You could also use traditional carrots – peeled and sliced into 1 inch rounds. But I prefer to open a bag of baby carrots and just dump them in.
After placing the veggies and beef in the crockpot, combine the remaining ingredients and pour them over the beef and veggies.
It’s important to not completely cover the beef and veggies with liquid. Pour the liquid until it’s about an inch below the beef stew ingredients. Then set your crockpot on low for 8 hours….
…and this delicious dinner will be read for you at the end of the day.
You could serve it with a tossed salad, but really – we just enjoy a big bowl of Becky’s Beef Stew and we are plenty full and satisfied!
- 1 - 1½ pounds beef cubes for stew
- 2 - 3 cups potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces
- 1 cup onions - cut into thick slices
- 1½ cups baby carrots
- 2 cups beef broth
- ½ cup crushed tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- Place potatoes, onions, carrots and beef stew cubes into the crockpot.
- In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of beef broth with the tomato paste until it is fully blended.
- Then add the second cup of beef broth, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and mix until blended.
- Add the crushed tomatoes.
- Slowly pour the broth mixture into the crockpot until it is just about an inch below the top of the beef and veggies. The broth should not fully cover the stew.
- Place the bay leaves into the mixture - not just on top.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- It may appear thin when you are done cooking, however - let it sit for 10-15 minutes and it should thicken up.
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