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samedi 7 octobre 2023




2 1 ounce packages dry onion soup mix

1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 pounds lean beef stew meat cut up into bite size pieces

5 medium potatoes peeled and diced

2 to 3 cups baby carrots

1 small yellow onion chopped

2 10 ounces each cans cream of celery soup

1 cup ketchup you can substitute tomato sauce if you don’t like ketchup


In a large plastic bag, combine the dry onion soup mix and paprika. Add in meat and shake the bag to coat meat with the seasonings. (You may have to do that step in two batches, for all the meat to fit) Once meat is coated, spread out evenly into a greased 7 quart crock pot.

Top meat evenly with diced potatoes, carrots and onion.

Mix the cream of celery soup and ketchup in a small bowl. Pour mixture over the meat and vegetables.

Cover crock pot with lid. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Stir to combine everything then serve.

tips for making a delicious and flavorful crock pot beef stew:

1. Choose the Right Cut of Beef: For tender and succulent beef stew, opt for cuts that are suitable for slow cooking, such as chuck roast, beef stew meat, or bottom round roast. These cuts have enough marbling and connective tissue that breaks down during the long cooking process, resulting in tender meat.


2. Brown the Beef: While it’s not necessary, browning the beef before adding it to the crock pot can enhance the flavor and add a rich caramelized taste to the stew. Heat a skillet with a little oil and sear the beef cubes on all sides until they develop a nice brown crust.


3. Layer the Ingredients: Layering the ingredients in the crock pot can help distribute the flavors more evenly. Start with the beef at the bottom, followed by the vegetables, herbs, and spices. This will ensure that the flavors meld together as the stew cooks.


4. Add Flavorful Ingredients: Besides the beef and vegetables, consider adding ingredients that can enhance the flavor of your stew. These can include tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red wine, beef broth, garlic, herbs like thyme or rosemary, and spices like paprika or bay leaves. These ingredients will add depth and complexity to the stew.


5. Don’t Overcook the Vegetables: To prevent mushy vegetables, add them towards the end of the cooking process. Root vegetables like carrots and potatoes can be added at the beginning since they take longer to cook. But for more delicate vegetables like peas or green beans, add them during the last hour of cooking.


6. Control the Liquid: The crock pot tends to retain moisture, so you may need less liquid compared to stovetop cooking. Start with a modest amount of liquid, such as beef broth or a combination of broth and wine, and adjust as needed during the cooking process. Remember that the vegetables will release some moisture too.


7. Season and Taste: Season your stew with salt and pepper at the beginning, and then adjust the seasoning towards the end of cooking. Give it a taste and add more salt, pepper, or other spices as desired. Just be mindful not to oversalt, as flavors tend to concentrate during the slow cooking process.


8. Allow Sufficient Cooking Time: The beauty of a crock pot is its slow cooking method. Cook your beef stew on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours. This will allow the flavors to develop and the beef to become tender and juicy.


9. Thicken the Stew (Optional): If you prefer a thicker stew, you can mix flour or cornstarch with a little cold water to create a slurry. Stir the slurry into the stew during the last 30 minutes of cooking to thicken the sauce.


10. Garnish and Serve: Just before serving, taste the stew once again and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can garnish your crock pot beef stew with fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for an added pop of freshness.


Remember, cooking times may vary depending on your specific crock pot model, so always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy your delicious homemade crock pot beef stew!


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