Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crockpot Beef Stew

I've been rediscovering some of my Mom's old cookbooks. One is Rival's Crockpot Cooking. Her cookbook and crockpot are from 1975, but they both still work very well. You can still find new and used copies at for a reasonable price.

I slightly modified the recipe for Crockpot Stew on page 26 for an easy one-pot meal.

Crockpot Beef Stew

3-4 lbs. cubed beef round steak
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2-3 carrots sliced
2 stalks celery cut in pieces
1/2 large onion chopped
2 large new potatoes cubed
1 can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms drained
1 cup frozen peas
1 can (10.5 oz.) beef broth
1/2 cup dry red wine or water
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup flour

Combine 1/3 cup flour, salt, and pepper. Instead of regular salt and pepper I used a combination of seasoned salt, garlic salts and lemon pepper. Coat cubed round steak in the flour and quickly brown in oil.

 Place the beef in the crockpot and stir in any remaining seasoned flour. Add all vegetables except for the frozen peas and mix well.

Combine beef broth (I used one cup of water and a beef bullion cube), wine and Worcestershire sauce (I didn't have the Kitchen Bouquet the recipe called for). Pour over the meat and vegetables and stir carefully.

Cover and cook on low for 10-14 hours (or on high for 4 to 5 1/2 hours).

One hour before serving turn to high setting and add frozen peas. Make a smooth paste of 1/4 cup flour and the water. Stir into the Crockpot, cover and cook until thickened. I added additional water at this point to make the gravy a bit thinner. That's they way we like it.

I made some easy Bisquick biscuits and we had a hearty dinner for a cool rainy evening.

Do you have any favourite crockpot meals? Please share. -- Margy


  1. Mmmmmm stew sounds good on these chilly evenings. I love the crockpot - I do BBQ ribs, chicken noodle soup (add the noodles during the last half hour or so), lasagna and also baked beans - and must not forget potroast with potatoes, carrots and onions.. I probably make the baked beans the most often - it is great for summer picnics and family BBQs. If the weather is too warm I put the crock pot on the deck and let it cook out there so it doesn't heat up the house - and the neighbors get a good whiff of the delicious smell. When making turkey dinner I stuff the turkey and then the extra stuffing (we are big stuffing fans here) goes into a crock pot to cook - no special recipe - just my favorite stuffing recipe (onions and sage) and keep the lid a little tilted so the stuffing doesn't get too soggy. I have several sizes of crock pots and for big holiday dinners I put the prepared mashed potatoes and the gravy into separate crock pots to keep warm for second servings. It is easy to refill the bowls for the table from the crock pots - the stuffing is already in a crock pot. Love the crock pots!!

  2. I'm getting hungry! To bad I can't cook that wel...but nomnom!


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy