This dish is winter comfort food at its yummiest!
Warm, hearty, savory beef stew with root veggies, broth and herbs. The Slow Cooker allows time for the beef to become super tender, which makes it fall apart in your mouth—the way we personally like it best.
Simply brown the beef for a few minutes, then add the veggies, broth and herbs to your Slow Cooker and let it cook.
This recipe is so easy to prepare that it only takes me about ten to fifteen minutes over my lunch break to get dinner ready for the evening. How can you top that?!
Similar to our Crock Pot Turkey Stew with Root Vegetables, this recipe calls for carrots, turnips, and rutabaga—which we can’t get enough of this winter!
We personally like the broth best thickened (as the recipe notes), creating more of a thick gravy-style. Served over a whole grain (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat…) and a sautéed green (kale, spinach…) the beef stew has become one of our favorite one-bowl meals.
Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stew
by Debbie Steinbock
1¾- 2 pounds beef chuck stew meat
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. salt, divided
2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 cup carrot, peeled and cut into 2″ chunks
1 cup rutabaga, peeled and cut into 2″ chunks
1 cup turnip, peeled and cut into 2″ chunks
2-3 cups beef broth
2 Tbsp. potato or tapioca starch
3 Tbsp. cold water
- In a large non-stick pan, lightly heat the olive oil. Sear the beef for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned. Sprinkle a little sea salt on each side as you brown it.
- Transfer the meat into the crock pot and set the crock pot to cook on high for 5 hours.
- Chop and add the carrots, rutabaga, and turnip into the crock pot.
- Add the remaining sea salt, thyme and parsley.
- Add the broth to the crockpot, using just enough broth to cover the ingredients.
- About 20 minutes before the slow cooker is complete, take a small bowl and combine the starch with cold water and stir to combine well. Slowly drizzle this mixture into the crockpot, stirring continuously, until the stew gravy thickens.
- Serve over your favorite whole grain and wilted green.