Cold Weather Comfort: Crockpot Beef Stew

 

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While it doesn’t get TOO cold down here in South Texas, we do have the occasional cold front that blows through during the winter months.  That is when I start craving hot soups and stews to warm us up on those chilly nights.  This one is a family recipe that I’ve had since I was very young.  My mom made it on the stove but later adapted it to the crockpot.

I think it is SO much better because the Crockpot makes the stew meat super moist to that melt-in-your-mouth stage of goodness.  This is an easy recipe to prepare in the morning to cook all day and then serve with a side of delicious cornbread.

Crockpot Beef Stew

1 1/2 lbs of stew meat

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp salt

5 medium potatoes, cubed

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 11-oz can V-8 Vegetable Juice (can do spicy if you want a kick!)

1 can water

1 teaspoon Season Salt*

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce*

Place meat in bottom of Crockpot and sprinkle with flour and salt.  Stir until the meat is evenly coated.  Layer other ingredients over meat and pour in V-8 Juice and water.  Sprinkle with season salt and Worcestershire sauce.  Cover and cook for 4 hours on high heat or 6 hours on low heat.

Tips:  If you want a lot of juice, just add another can of V-8 Juice.  I use Baby Carrots instead of chopping carrots, it is quick and easy.  The asterisks are my changes to the original recipe.

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