On a cold winter day there’s nothing better than warming up with an awesome homemade beef stew. Your senses will be delighted as the slow cooker’s aromas fill your home!
As the temperature begins to drop outdoors my wife and I start craving those comfort foods that help take the chill off the bones. Let me tell ya, this ground beef stew was off the charts! Smelling the magical aroma all day made it pretty tempting to fill a bowl early, but it was definitely worth the wait in the end. Sitting by the fire and holding a bowl of warm stew made any thoughts of the cold dissipate.
So, what are we waiting for, let’s get Messy!
- 1 1/4 lb ground chuck
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 medium white and red onion
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 6 cups unsalted beef broth
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tbsp black pepper
- 7 sprigs parsley
- 3 bay leaves
- 8 sprigs thyme
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 2 lbs carrots sliced
- 2 1/2 lbs russet potatoes (quartered)
1) Brown the ground beef and set aside.
2) Melt the butter on medium heat in a 5qt pot, add onions and cook until they become tender and slightly browned/translucent.
3) Add garlic to the onions, cook until you smell the garlic, about 30 seconds. You won’t have any problems smelling the garlic, trust me.
4) Once you smell the awesomeness of garlic, add the tomato paste and cook until it begins to turn brown in color. Probably another 30 seconds is all you will need.
5) Now slowly add the broth and water to the pot followed by the cooked ground beef, salt, pepper, and flour.
6) After you tie them together, I used a square of cheesecloth, add the fresh herbs (parsley, bay leaves, and thyme) to the pot. Bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes.
7) Oh man, things are starting to smell good aren’t they! Now it’s time to transfer everything to the slow cooker pot.
8) Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot (red wine vinegar, carrots, celery, and potatoes). Stir everything a couple of times before covering with the lid. Cook on high for 4 hours.
Thanks for visiting Messy Foodie! If you make the dish I would love to hear what you think.
Recipe inspired by Food Network Beef Stew