I know I usually share recipes that are my own creations or that I have doctored in some way, but today I had to share a recipe in its original format! That is because after years of trying different beef stew recipes in the Crockpot, I finally found one that is not only delicious, but so easy too! I will post pictures and the recipe in this post but you can find the original recipe at The Nourishing Home website. The thing that makes this beef stew better than any other beef stew I have ever tried is that it does not turn out mushy (unless you overcook it)!
Then top with potatoes.
And finally, add the carrots. Again, do not stir! Cover slow cooker. Cook on high until beef is fork-tender, about 5 hours (or cook on low heat about 7-8 hours). During last 30-45 minutes of cook time, stir the green beans into the stew.
- 1½ lbs grass-fed beef chuck, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 3 tbsp organic tomato paste
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1⅓ cup beef stock
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small sprig fresh rosemary (or ¼ tsp dried rosemary)
- 1 medium yellow onion (I used white), cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1½ lbs small white or red potatoes, peeled & cut in half (I didn’t peel them)
- 5-6 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
- ½ lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths
- Optional: 1-2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- Cut beef chuck into 2-inch chunks (do not trim off fat for best flavor). Place the beef chunks in a 4-5 quart slow cooker and generously season with about a half-teaspoon of sea salt and a half-teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
- Next, add the tomato paste, vinegar and beef stock. Use a wooden spoon to combine.
- Then, add the garlic, bay leaf and rosemary. Top with the chopped onion, potatoes and carrots in that order. Do not stir.
- Cover slow cooker; cook on high until beef is fork-tender, about 5 hours (or cook on low heat about 7-8 hours).
- During last 30-45 minutes of cook time, stir the green beans into the stew. If you’d like to thicken up the broth, just before serving, add about 1-2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, making sure to thoroughly stir it into the stew.