Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This is one of the easiest meals to make!  The combination of really tender meat and a lot of great veggies makes this a very family-friendly one-dish meal.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1 1/2 lbs. stew meat, about 1 inch pieces
seasoning – Montreal Steak Seasoning, garlic salt, pepper, Tony Chachere’s … whatever you have around
1 can diced tomatoes (plain or seasoned)
4 red potatoes, 1 inch chunks
4 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, cut in large chunks
frozen peas (optional)

Place your meat in the bottom of your crock pot and season it very well with whatever you have on hand.  I used a little bit of Montral Steak Seasoning and a lot of Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning.  Make sure your meat is well coated with the seasoning.  Add in one can of diced tomatoes – as they cook throughout the day they will completely break down and create a rich sauce for the stew.  Add the remaining vegetables, stir and cook on low for about 7 hours.  If you would like to add in frozen peas, add them in about 15 minutes before you plan to eat. 

The vegetables for the stew are completely flexible.  I use red potatoes because I am too lazy to peel them and I also often just throw in baby carrots to save time on peeling the big carrots – use whatever you have around!  You could even use fresh summer veggies like squash and zucchini if you make this during the summer. 

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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