Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe with no tomatoes or tomato products, just a rich brown gravy that can be adapted to your own tastes. Easily converted to oven or stovetop cooking methods.
This is one of my absolute favorite meals to cook when the weather turns cooler.
It is easy to put together and the smell coming from the kitchen reminds you there is going to be something yummy served up.
It’s fairly adaptable too.
I stick with the traditional potatoes, carrots, and peas because that’s what I like.
Sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, or any other sturdy vegetable could be added.
I do not use any tomato base in mine, but feel free to add it. I prefer the pure beef flavor that shines through without it.
Now, I know that beef stew is supposed to be the complete meal in a pot and already has a starch.
I also know that plain butter grits are usually served at breakfast. But I love to eat grits with my beef stew.
When the gravy from the stew gets mixed into the grits, it becomes creamy goodness. Another breakfast food, biscuits, makes an appearance on these nights.
Alternate Cooking Methods
This can be cooked in the oven, just turn the oven to around 300 degrees F and use a lidded oven-proof pan.
Cook until the meat is tender, about 4 to 6 hours.
I have also simmered this on the stovetop. When cooking on the stovetop, make sure that it’s cooking at barely a simmer at the end, or the potatoes will turn into mush.
For the deepest flavors, allow the meat to thoroughly brown during the initial preparation.
All of the browned bit of flour and meat juices will add a ton of flavor.
I do not have a favorite kind of meat for Beef Stew but find myself using chuck tender roast quite a bit.
I tend to buy whatever kind of roast is on sale.
Eye of Round has a tendency to become stringy though.
It will work, but I will buy stew meat if available before I will buy an eye of round roast.
Make sure that if you begin with a roast, that you cut the meat into pieces that are close tot he same size.
You can coat your meat with the flour, salt, and pepper mixture by tossing it all together in a bowl.
Clean up is a ton easier though if you use a baggie.
Just add the flour, salt, and pepper, to the bag and shake it up to mix well.
Add the beef cubes, seal the top, and shake the meat around in the bag. You may have to reach in there and separate a few chunks.
You can either just coat them by hand inside the bag or seal it up and give it another shake.
Before placing the beef into the hot oil, shake off any excess flour.
I usually just take a few cubes of floured beef and toss them between my hands over the baggie.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- ½ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ pounds stew meat
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 can condensed beef broth undiluted
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Beefer Upper or other beef enhancer
- 6 to 8 cups vegetables large, cubed, like potatoes and carrots
- 1 small bag frozen peas optional
- 1 small bag frozen pearl onions optional
- Place flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Seal bag and shake to mix.
- Place stew meat in bag with flour. Reseal bag and shake to coat beef evenly.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat bottom of skillet. Add meat to skillet and cook, stirring often, until meat is browned on all sides.
- Removed beef from skillet and place in a slow cooker or in a large pan with a lid. Add the beef broths, Worcestershire sauce, and Beefer Upper. Stir to combine.
- Cook on high in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low, or until meat is tender.
- Add vegetables to slow cooker or pan and stir to combine. Replace lid and continue to cook until vegetables are tender. This may take 45 minutes on high or up to 2 hours on low. Cooking time will also depend on the size and type of vegetables.