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Slow-Cooker Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6
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A simmering bowl of beef stew on a winter day is the perfect way to warm right up. Slow-Cooker Old-Fashioned Beef Stew is sure to spread a savory aroma around the house while it cooks, and only takes 20 minutes to prep. With beef, carrots, potatoes, onions and celery, warmed to perfection in a beef broth, Slow-Cooker Old-Fashioned Beef Stew is packed full of flavor.

Ingredients

1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2
lb beef stew meat, cut into bite-size pieces if needed
4
medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices (2 cups)
3
medium red potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
1
large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
1
medium stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
3
cups vegetable juice
3
tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1
tablespoon beef bouillon granules
2
teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides.
  • 2 Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix browned beef and remaining ingredients.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 9 to 10 hours.

Expert Tips

To store this stew for later, refrigerate in a shallow container so it cools rapidly. Once completely cooled, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To freeze this stew, pour into freezer containers, leaving 1/4 - 1/2 inch headspace (because soups expand as they freeze) and store for up to 6 months.

Want to take your slow-cooker meal to an outing? Simply wrap the slow-cooker in a towel or newspaper to keep it warm. Attach rubber bands around the handles to secure it for travel.

Because tapioca is one of the few thickeners that does not break down during long, slow cooking, it can be added at the beginning of the cooking time. Thickeners such as flour and cornstarch are best added at the end of the cooking time.

For food safety reasons, recipes made in the slow cooker need to reach a safe cooking temperature (140°F) within 3 hours. That's why it isn't a good idea to assemble the ingredients and refrigerate them or use frozen ingredients.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
294.2
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8.6g
13%
Saturated Fat
2.5g
13%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
71.6mg
24%
Sodium
606.5mg
25%
Total Carbohydrate
28.3g
9%
Dietary Fiber
3.8g
15%
Sugars
8.2g
Protein
28.1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
170%
170%
Vitamin C
128.80%
129%
Calcium
7.10%
7%
Iron
20.30%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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