This is a basic beef stew recipe from about.com that I found as I was searching for a new stew recipe to try out. It was good! It is definitely a basic, no frills recipe, which actually is kind of nice because then you can add whatever you would like to give it a more personalized flavor. The original recipe called for bacon bits, which I did not have on hand, but I’m sure would have added some good flavor to it.
- 1 to 1-1/2 lb. stew beef
- 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 3-1/2 c. water
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
- 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
- 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 T. bacon bits
- 3 T. brown sugar
- 1 to 1-1/2 c. frozen (or drained canned) peas
- Place the carrots, potatoes and beef in a crockpot.
- Place all remaining ingredients (except peas) into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Remove sauce from heat and pour over the meat and vegetables in the crockpot.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 12 hours (or HIGH for 6 hours), adding water if necessary.
- Add peas about 20-30 minutes before serving.
Stove Top Directions: Start by making your sauce in a large pot. Once that is ready, add your meat, potatoes and carrots. Cover and simmer until your meat is tender. (You can check at about an hour or so, but I would plan on it taking at least an hour and a half, if not longer.) Again, add your peas about 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!