It’s cold here in the Midwest, and you know what is great on a cold day? A nice warm bowl of beef stew!! That’s what!
Today’s simple beef stew can be quickly tossed together in a slow cooker in the morning before you head out the door, and it can be left to cook all day until you are ready to eat it in the evening! This recipe does not require any pre-cooking on the stovetop. The beef and vegetables go straight into the slow cooker, along with a sauce that uses gravy mix and salsa! Easy peasy.
Super tender=easy to chew=happy kids.
I used super lean beef for this stew, which would be a tough meat to chew, according to my children’s standards. The trick is the cooking time. You will cook this stew on HIGH for about 6-7 hours in the slow cooker. The meat gets super tender in that amount of time, as do the vegetables.
In the end, you are left with a hearty, very filling, tender stew that is very easy to eat, even for kids. Speaking of kids…
My kids could not get enough of this stew.
My oldest son is going to be 13 years old in February. It is clear that he is in a “growth-spurt” phase of life right now, and I am reminded of that when I make a hearty stew like this one. He was eager to dive into his bowl of stew. Over and over again, in between bites, he kept saying how good it was. I filled his bowl to the top, and he was proud when he finished off the whole bowl. (Below: picture of me and my *almost* teenager, Preston, taken a couple of weeks ago on my birthday. Love you buddy!)
My daughter was a huge fan too. She asked for seconds. Then, a couple of hours later, she asked if we could reheat the leftovers as a bed-time snack. As she enjoyed her “bed-time snack,” she said, “Mom, I like when you make this kind of stuff.” (Below: My sweet Keely, on the left, with her close friend Amelia, on the right, after their orchestra performance. Love you Keels!)
Then, there’s my husband. His reaction was exactly what I predicted it would be. He came home on his lunch break to the house smelling amazing, and he was very happy to see that beef stew was cooking in the slow cooker. Beef stew and beef pot roast have always been something he loves. (Below: My husband and our youngest son, Kipton, doing a silly selfie at a Mexican restaurant on my birthday. Love you Scott and Kip!)
So, I made some people happy with this stew! I hope this stew will make some of your people happy too!!
Here is what you need:
2 cups water
1/2 cup salsa
1 (.75 ounce) brown gravy seasoning packet
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound lean beef sirloin, trimmed of fat, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 onion, largely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Here is what you do:
Whisk water, salsa, gravy seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder in a slow cooker.
Carefully add beef sirloin, potatoes, carrots, and onion to the slow cooker. Stir ingredients together and cook on HIGH for 6 hours.
Turn off slow cooker and allow to sit for 5 minutes before eating.
Salt and pepper, to taste.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 (.75 ounce) brown gravy seasoning packet
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pound lean beef sirloin, trimmed of fat, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 onion, largely chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Whisk water, salsa, gravy seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder in a slow cooker.
- Carefully add beef sirloin, potatoes, carrots, and onion to the slow cooker. Stir ingredients together and cook on HIGH for 6 hours.
- Turn off slow cooker and allow to sit for 5 minutes before eating.
- Salt and pepper, to taste.
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