November 1, 2011

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

We usually have a hearty soup or stew for our Halloween dinner before we head outside to trick-or-treat.  This year I decided to try a new recipe, Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  It has great reviews over at  I changed it just slightly by leaving out the celery and using smoked Spanish paprika.  I'm hoping this fills the kids tummies and leaves less room for all the candy they'll be bringing home!

Ingredients  (printable recipe)
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours. 

Adapted from

The Results...
I really liked how easy this was to put together.  There's no browning the meat first, just throw it in the slow cooker and it turns out delicious!  It tasted like pot roast in a bowl and the kids did fill their tummies because they all liked it!  It was hearty, satisfying and I didn't feel as bad about them eating candy since they had a good dinner.  Between trick-or-treating, school parties, church party, and all the extra candy we couldn't get rid of (it was raining here and we had a lot less trick-or-treaters this year) we have enough candy to last until next Halloween!  Maybe I can find some recipes for all this leftover candy....

We hope you had a happy and safe Halloween!

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  1. I am putting this on my monthly meal plan and will post your blog to mine! Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. You have a lot of great meals planned for the month. Thank you for including this one. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  2. That looks great! Definitely pinning this and will try it soon. We love stew and the last few times my recipe has not turned out that great. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back on Sunday to VOTE!

    1. Thanks for the pin! Our family loved this stew, I hope your family does, too. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. What a great way to warm the bodies before entering the chilly trick or treating....I have been using my crock pot a lot lately, and I actually getting more comfortable with it. This looks like a great recipe to throw in there. Thank you for sharing this at Foodie Friends Friday.

    1. Hi Angie,
      I've been using my crockpot more since I started this recipe blog. It's now one of my favorite kitchen appliances! And this is one of our family's favorite crockpot recipes. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. This sounds way good too! I Just keep finding so many yummy recipes here. I have a huge thing of smoked paprika that I need to start using.

    1. Hi Jenn,
      Thank you! This is a yummy way to use some of that smoked paprika. :)

  5. Is there anything that I could use as a substitute for worcestershire sauce?

  6. I just put this together in my Crock Pot and the aroma of comfort food is starting to fill my home. I added a can of mushrooms and I plan to add a can of corn the last hour of cooking. I am going to serve it up in fresh, warm bread bowls! Perfect for the rainy, Fall-like weather we are experiencing in New England today. Thank you for sharing your recipes- I am looking forward to making the Pasta e Fagioli at the end of the week! We recently relocated to New Hampshire fro Eastern North Carolina- so I am always looking for soup and stew recipes to help keep our body and souls warm during the long New England winters!