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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chuckwagon Stew

Chuckwagon Stew - Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This is one of Mama Hen's recipes.  She made this when I was growing up, and I've continued making it as an adult.  I've made a few small changes to the original recipe to adapt more to my taste.  The main changes are that I use tomato puree instead of diced tomatoes - I don't like chunks of tomatoes - and I cook this in the crockpot.  The recipe says to brown the meat before adding the rest of the ingredients.  Browning the meat will add more flavor to the dish, but it tastes fine if you just throw the raw meat the in the crockpot too.  We always serve this with a nice pan of cornbread.  This is a great meal for a cold night. 

Chuckwagon Stew - Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Chuckwagon Stew
serves 6-8
(Printable Recipe)

  • 2 lb stew meat
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 (10.75oz) can tomato puree
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green peas (I use frozen)

Coat the stew meat in the flour and sugar.  Brown in skillet.  Transfer meat to crock-pot and add all remaining ingredients except for peas.

Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.   Add peas and cook for 30 minutes longer.

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  1. I could wrap my hands around a bowl or 2 of this.

  2. Me too! I love stew and this one looks delicious!

  3. It's hard to beat a hearty beef stew on a cold evening.

  4. I like chunky tomatoes in spaghetti and chili but when it comes to stew, yeah, I'm with you.

  5. This was incredible! Probably the best tasting stew I've made. I usually use a package of McCormick Stew Seasoning, but this came out way better. I couldn't find a can of 14.5 ounces so I just used the 28 ounce can of puree, added another potato, some garlic and onion powder( no peas either)--and it came out sooo yummy! Even my husband said it was probably one of the best he's had. Thank you for this--this is now my stew recipe!

  6. I've tried several beef stew recipes, and this one finally got it right! I love the thick, gravy-like sauce and that it doesn't have chunks of tomatoes. Browning the meat is a little extra work, but sooo worth it!

  7. This looks very much like a recipe that I make for my family that came out in Southern Living many years ago. I still make it!

  8. quick question what size can of beef broth!? went to get the ingriedients at the store the other day and came to the beef broth and went hmm I wonder what size I need! lol :) thanks can't wait to make this!! :)

  9. Brandon&Misha - I use a can of Swansons beef broth. It is 14.5 oz, I believe. Enjoy!

  10. I made this today, it cooked all day and I'm just now having my first bowl. YUM YUM YUM!! I wish I could figure out how to thicken the gravy, but it still has the best taste of a stew I've made so far. Thank you!!

  11. Made this today & just sampled my first bowl. This is delicious! I used some filets that I won on at a party. I just cut them up like stew meat. I also omitted the carrots as we were out & since we're not big into carrots I wasn't worried about it.I love the taste of the gravy with all the seasonings. This is now at the top of my stew list. Pictures on my profile page.


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