Crock Pot Beef Stew

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Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day!

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

A few weeks ago Lincoln and I were making a Target run (I had an extra $50 just laying around – NOT!) and I could smell them before I saw them – crayons. Construction paper. Rubber erasers. Rulers. Ok maybe not the rulers but seriously, back to school shopping has started! And not even started, it’s like, well underway as evidenced by the fact that Minion lunch boxes are on backorder. How is this happening? I should have peeked at the secret Target aisle while I was there. You know, the one in the back left corner where they try and hide the unseasonably early upcoming holiday items? I bet there was candy corn.

Anyway, it’s time to face the facts. Although we’ve got a few more glorious weeks of summer left, the school year IS coming, and I’m partnering with the one and only HyVee to hook you up with over 45 back to school recipes and ideas from my favorite bloggers, plus giveaway a $100 HyVee gift card!

I’ll be guest pinning on HyVee’s Back To School Pinterest Board this Saturday through Monday (8/8 – 8/10,) sharing fun snacks and make-ahead breakfast ideas, lunches your kids won’t trade for juice boxes, and quick, filling dinner recipes from my fellow food bloggers. Be sure to check out the Pinterest board all weekend for helpful back to school ideas.

To enter to win a $100 HyVee Gift Card, follow HyVee on Pinterest then repin one or more pins on their Back to School Board anytime from now through Monday 8/10, and include the hashtag #HyVeePinToWin in your description so we can track down the winner. The more you repin, the more chances you have to wine. Easiest $100 you ever made!

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My contribution to the “it’s back to school time and weeknights are officially a messssss” feeling is Crock Pot Beef Stew aka toss a bunch of hearty ingredients into a crock pot and push start!

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Lincoln is starting school this fall and I am a total train wreck. And by “school” I mean a two hour program twice a week that is essentially a play group but STILL! It’s the whole idea that I have a child who is old enough to go to a structured program and learn stuff from someone who isn’t me. I’m happy and sad at the same time, you know?

Not to say our weeknights are going to get crazier because of this one little change up in our routine, but he’ll be in Kindergarten before we know it, and all the activities that come along with being a school aged little kid. Karate, church school, cub scouts (led by den leader Ben, baHA!) swimming, etc, and I know that once evenings get crazy I’ll be turning to my crock pot to make dinner for me more and more.

If you’re in the same boat and are looking for a hearty, filling, and comforting family-friendly recipe that couldn’t get any easier – Crock Pot Beef Stew is for you! Chopped stew meat is slow cooked in beef broth seasoned with pantry staples like dried thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves, and pumped up with tons of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and peas. A complete meal in one pot that requires no pre-cooking. Just toss everything into the crock pot – which you could even do the night before – then press start!

I was never a big fan of beef stew growing up, only because my Mom served it pot roast style – you know, carrots cut into thirds, potatoes cut in half, enormous chunks of pot roast. I just…can’t. I like my beef stew more like soup so every ingredient is fall apart tender, and fits perfectly on a spoon. Slightly thick and slow cooked to perfection!

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

I know I sound like a broken record but really all you have to do is throw everything into a crock pot! You’ll need 1-1/2lbs stew meat cut into bite-sized pieces, 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots, 2 ribs chopped celery, 8oz chopped mushrooms and 3 cloves minced garlic. 

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Rounding the stew out is 3 Tablespoons tomato paste, 1 Tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (I like Lea & Perrins,) and a bevy of spice cupboard staples including salt, pepper, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and a bay leaf. Add 32oz gluten-free beef broth then cook on low for 6-8 hours (just depends on how small you cut your stew meat – mine took 6.) Again, I did all this the night before I made it then popped the crock pot into the base in the morning. So. Easy.

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Once the meat and vegetables are tender, whisk together 1/4 cup gluten-free or all-purpose flour (dish will not be GF if using all-purpose flour) with a scoop of the cooking liquid then stream it in and give the stew a big stir.

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Cook on high for 30-45 more minutes, or until the stew is slightly thickened, then stir in 1/2 cup frozen peas and let ’em warm through for about 5 minutes. Serve with a side salad, bread, or crostini for dunking, then dig in!

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Crock Pot Beef Stew

serves 8

Description

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day!

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2lbs stew meat, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1lb white potatoes (about 1 large potato,) peeled then chopped
  • 8oz whole mushrooms, cut into quarters or sixths if large
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (I like Lea & Perrins)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 32oz gluten-free beef broth
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free or all-purpose flour (dish will not be GF if using all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Directions

  1. Add ingredients from stew meat to beef broth into a 6-quart crock pot then cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until meat is tender (mine took 6 but it will depend on how big your stew meat is cut.) I added everything to the crock pot the night before then popped into the crock pot base in the morning and turned it on.
  2. Add flour to a bowl then add a ladleful of cooking liquid and whisk until smooth. Pour back into crock pot then stir well to combine and cook on high for 30-45 more minutes, or until broth has thickened (Note: broth will continue to thicken while cooling.) Add peas then let sit until heated through, 5 minutes, before serving.

Notes

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

 

Hopefully Crock Pot Beef Stew will help get you through those crazy nights coming up – enjoy! (And don’t forget to enter the Pin To Win gift card giveaway by following HyVee on Pinterest then repinning a recipe from their Back to School Board with #HyVeePinToWin in the description. Good luck!)

Crock Pot Beef Stew is easy, hearty, and comforting. Toss everything into the crock pot at night then pop into the base and cook the next day! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

 

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