How to Make Crock-Pot Beef Stew

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A slow-cooker helps you get a hot meal on the table at dinnertime.
A slow-cooker helps you get a hot meal on the table at dinnertime.

A slow-cooker can be a magical appliance. Load the ingredients, press a button and, at the end of a long day, a delicious hot meal is ready. Beef stew is an ideal slow-cooker meal, because the longer it cooks, the more flavorful it becomes. Enjoy a hearty meal that does not require you to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • 5- to 6-quart slow-cooker
  • 2 pounds stew beef cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, cut into large chunks
  • 3 sliced carrots
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
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Instructions

    • 1

      Sprinkle the flour, along with a generous amount of salt and pepper, over the meat cubes. Stir to combine, then drop the meat into the slow-cooker.

    • 2

      Add the remaining ingredients and stir to mix.

    • 3

      Cover the slow-cooker and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours, or on high for four to six hours.

    • 4

      Before serving, stir well. For thicker stew, allow the stew to cook an additional 20 minutes, uncovered, on high.

    • 5

      Serve alone, over noodles or rice, or with crusty bread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Slow-cooker recipes require less liquid than recipes cooked in an oven or on a stove top. Fight the urge to add more liquid to the recipe.

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