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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
4 h 40 m
“Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that's prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you'll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth—this could be the best and easiest beef stew you've ever made.”
3 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground pepper, divided
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large onion, halved and sliced
1½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1½ -inch pieces
1 pound carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths
¾ cup red wine
1½ cups low-sodium beef broth
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 small bay leaf
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
1Place beef in a large bowl and season with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add flour and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour back into the bowl and reserve.
2Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about a third of the beef to the pan. Cook until brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and cook the remaining beef in 2 more batches, adjusting the heat as needed. Transfer to the slow cooker.
3Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook on medium heat, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the onion to the slow cooker along with potatoes and carrots. Add wine to the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Pour into the slow cooker.
4Whisk broth, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf and the remaining ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper into the flour left in the bowl. Pour over the stew ingredients and stir well.
5Cover the slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 7½ hours. Serve the stew sprinkled with parsley, if desired.