Monday, March 18, 2013

Herbed Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker

First of all, my apologies for posting this so late! Blame an unusual Sunday schedule....

This is my husband's favorite beef stew, and I'm so glad it is because it's quick and easy to put together.

I use my slow cooker a lot - there's nothing like being able to put a meal together in the morning while the family is getting around and off to school and work, and then be able to forget about it all day while I zone out in my writer's cave. (A habit left over from homeschooling days, when I'd zone out in academia-land...)

Here's the recipe:

Herbed Beef Stew


1 to 2 pounds beef - I used arm roast this time, but you can use stew beef, round steak, chuck steak...whatever is on sale or in the freezer! - cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika

4 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 garlic clove
1 bay leaf
4 carrots, sliced
4 medium (or 2 humongous) potatoes, cubed
1 onion, diced

1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon marjoram

(if using fresh herbs, double the amount)

Okay, there are a lot of ingredients, but oh, they blend together so well!

Put the flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a plastic bag, or use one of these handy slow-cooker liners (I never use my slow cooker without one of these!)

Add your cubed meat and shake well until all the pieces are coated with flour. Put the meat in the slow cooker.

Add all the other ingredients and stir.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 6-8 hours.

Serve with your favorite salad or fruit and bread.

(Speedbo time: I used refrigerated crescent rolls...)

And now that supper is cooking away in the slow cooker, let's get back to writing!!!

What is your favorite quick meal in your slow cooker?


  1. Yum!!!! And you can serve it over rice too.

    Peace, Julie

    1. I WOULD be good over rice...but we usually have it with homemade bread....

      I love the pictures of your porch on Facebook, by the way! Beautiful!

  2. Looks amazing! I never think to cut up the beef and make stew. Must do this soon!

    1. That hunk of beef is the first we used from the 1/4 steer we bought. It was fabulous - local farmer, grass raised, no antibiotics, local butcher. We bought our freezer nearly 25 years ago, and this is the first time we found a farmer to buy beef from AND had money to do so at the same time :)

      I love a full freezer!

  3. I like making veggie soups in my crock pot. And I love the way the house smells all day long. Yum.

    I used to have a fantastic recipe for rice pudding made in a crock pot. It was fantastic -- worked every time and sooooo creamy. I'm drooling just thinking about it. But I lost the recipe :-( So sad...that was my favourite crock pot recipe!!!

    (Notice I skipped over the whole beef stew convo? LOL)

    1. Veggie soup is just beef stew without the beef, right?

      Use my recipe - leave out the beef, substitute veggie broth for the beef broth, add a can of tomatoes...

      Now I'm hungry!

  4. Jan,

    Glad you made it in; I'm always looking for slow cooker recipes. Even though the dh doesn't eat beef, my one and only ds and I do and will be enjoying this soon. (And I need to get me some of those liners--great idea!)

    Here's my favorite slow cooker recipe (it works well in the oven too, for 1 hour at 350 degrees):

    Ravioli Casserole

    1 26 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
    1 small bag frozen ravioli ( I like small round cheese ones)
    1 bag of frozen turkey meatballs ( the dh doesn't eat beef, but feel free to substitute with beef meatballs)

    Literally, throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker in the order listed.
    Fill up the spaghetti sauce jar 1/4 of the way with water, shake the jar and pour that in the slow cooker, too.
    Stir the mix up.
    Turn the slow cooker on low for four hours, max, but it really is ready in three hours.

    Sprinkle shredded Parmesan Cheese on top. Serve with a nice green salad or sauteed zuccini and crusty bread!


    1. This looks soooo easy and delicious. Something my family would love!

      Hey! I have meatballs, ravioli and spaghetti sauce in the freezer and pantry - and time before tonight's supper!

      Oooh, garlic bread would be good, wouldn't it?