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Yesterday was another very cold, snowy winter day. With the temperatures dropping to -32 degrees, I wanted a meal that was warm and comforting, but without to much work! So I settled on making my Simple Crockpot Beef Stew. With getting 20 cm of snow overnight, and still snowing during the day, this warm stew just hit the spot.
This easy beef stew is literally a dump and go recipe! It is super quick to throw together and since we aren’t pre-cooking anything for this recipe before it goes in the crock pot. While with many recipes, that’s not really possible, for this recipe it works well!
I love my crockpot recipes where I can dump everything in and walk away. While yes, I do love creating my own recipes(which is what I usually do, so food prep is always taking longer!) There are some days that I know once dinner time rolls around, I won’t have the energy to cook anything.
Since the food will already be done, it means that I don’t have to muster up the energy to actually make something, or pull something out of the freezer. What I also love, is that this meal is really easy clean-up since your only using your crock pot.
One handy thing about stews is that you can use up all those old cuts of meat that have been sitting in your freezer forgotten. From roasts to rib-eye-steaks, you can really use whatever cut of beef you like, since it cooks so slowly for a long time breaking down the connective tissue, making even the toughest meats tender.
Recipe for Dump Crockpot Beef Stew
For this one, I cut 2 eye-of-the-round steaks into cubes. (Use 2-4 lbs of meat) First I trimmed off all the extra fat and cut the meat from the bones.
The easiest way to cut meat is to still have it half frozen, or if it is fresh then place it in the freezer for 1/2 an hour.
Having it half frozen makes it really easy to slice and to cut it away from the bone, leaving the least amount of meat on the bone. Once your meat is cubed, dump it into the crock pot.
1. Dice up a whole onion, and 3 garlic cloves and 1 cup chopped celery. Dump it on top of the meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Add 4 cups mixed vegetables. This part is super customizable to what you have on hand. Plus, making this even easier, you can just add 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables.
I had used peas, corn, beans and carrots. Except for my carrots, they all came from the bags of frozen vegetables in my freezer. Add 3 small potatoes, cubed, on top of the vegetables.
Really any vegetables that need to go you can dump in here. If you have cauliflower that starting to get bad, or broccoli, then put it in.( I do recommend not adding broccoli until half an hour before serving to avoid mushy broccoli)
3.Gather together all your spices and sprinkle them each over top of the vegetables.
Making The Easiest Gravy in This Stew
4.In a small measuring cup, combine, apple juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and fill with water till the 1 cup mark. This is just to dilute it a little when pouring it into the crock pot.
5.Add 1 tsp, or 1 cube beef bullion to the bottom of a 2-cup measuring cup, pour hot water over top, to the 2 cup mark then whisk to dissolve the bullion. Pour into the crockpot, turn on high for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
6. 15 minutes before serving, put 2 tbsp cornstarch into a small measuring cup, add 1/4 cup cold water, and stir to completely dissolve cornstarch. Make sure you use cold water, this will ensure that you don’t get lumps in your gravy! It is just as equally important to make sure that everything is dissolved.
Stir the cornstarch into the stew, cover and let cook until serving time. This will make the gravy thick. If you like your stew with a thinner gravy then begin by only adding half the cornstarch.
This healthy crock pot beef stew recipe will give you a comfort meal without all the cream and cheese that many comfort foods have(that we all actually really like). Serve with biscuits or french bread on the side.
Psst… that’s a great way to get the kids to eat more stew… if they want more biscuits or bread, they first need to eat more stew, in my house that works like a charm!
Getting x2 Out of This Simple Beef Stew
For my family, this recipe makes a double meal. I do this on purpose! After we eat dinner, I’ll lay parchment, or wax paper into a large pie plate, and scoop the remaining stew into the pie plate, fold the wax paper over top, and place it in an XL freezer bag.
Then when I want to make a beef pot pie, all I need to do is make my pie crust recipe, and place my frozen mold of stew into the prepared pie crust, and top it with a second pie crust for a beef pot pie.
Tools for making cooking with a crock pot easier!
- 2 lbs beef cubed
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 4 c frozen mixed vegetables
- 1/2 c apple juice
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 cube beef bullion
- 2 c hot water
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 2 tsp basil
- 2 tsp oregano
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp parsley
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 c cold water
- Cube beef and place in the bottom of the crockpot. Dice up your onion then mince your garlic and put it on top of the meat. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Layer on the vegetables(whatever you really prefer). Put apple juice in a small measuring cup, add soy sauce and worchestershire sauce, fill up with water up to 1 cup, pour into crockpot. Put 1 cube of beef bullion cube, and add 2 cups hot water, pour over hot water stir to dissolve, and pour into crockpot. Add spices and cover and cook on low for 10 hours or high 6 hours. 15 minutes before serving stir together cornstarch and cold water and stir into crockpot. Cook for 10-15 minutes more to thicken gravy.
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