Basic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

The weather is starting cooling down, and its making me excited for Fall. Brightly colored leaves, cozy old sweaters, and fresh apples here we come. The chill in the air means its time to pull out the soup and stew recipes again. This beef stew is a classic standby.  I takes little prep time but is very satisfying. Throw it in crock pot in the morning and dinner is ready when you need it.

Basic Beef Stew

2 lbs stew meat, or cheap cut of steak cut into cubes
5 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 small onion
1 pound potatoes
any other vegetables desired, ex: peas, zucchini, green beans,mushrooms
2 bay leaves
1 Tbs sea salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp pepper (more or less to taste)
5 cups beef stock, vegetable broth, or water

 

Chop vegetables. Place meat, vegetables, spices and liquid in crock pot or slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 5-6. Meat may be tougher if cooked on high. Makes 6-8 servings of hearty classic beef stew.

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