Classic Beef Stew with Baby Potatoes

Baby Potato Beef Stew

A thick and hearty stew swimming with tender cubes of beef, baby new potatoes, carrots, celery and herbs. It’s a classic stew like the one my Moms made my entire life. The very same one I would never eat. The picky eater in me would fish out the potatoes and maybe some of the carrots, depending on my mood, and leave the rest.

I didn’t know back then that it is one of the most comforting things in the world to eat, especially on a cold winter’s day or when you’ve indulged in too many rich foods and desserts and your body is craving a hot, nourishing yet simple meal.

The kind of meal that makes your house smell like a home and warms you from the inside out.

Now I know.

Baby New Potato Beef Stew

Classic Beef Stew with Baby Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Classic Beef Stew with Baby Potatoes

A thick and hearty stew swimming with tender cubes of beef, baby new potatoes, carrots, celery and herbs. It's a classic stew like the one my Moms made my entire life.

INGREDIENTS:

olive oil, for sauteing
1 + 1/2 pounds round cubes for stew
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 large carrots, sliced into coins
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh rosemary
4 cups beef broth
1 + 1/2 pounds new red potatoes, sliced in half if large

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot heat enough oil to coat the bottom of the pot over medium heat.
  2. Season the meat well with salt and pepper then dredge each piece with flour. Cook, turning to brown on all sides without cooking through to the center.
  3. Add the worcestershire, the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 5 minutes, tossing often.
  4. Add the beef broth and the potatoes. Bring to a simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring often, tasting and seasoning as needed. Cook until the meat is tender and the potatoes are soft.
  5. Remove and discard the bay leaf and rosemary sprig before serving.

Notes:

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Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow-cooker Tex-Mex soup with ground beef, corn, tomatoes, onions and bell peppers swimming in a taco-seasoned, cheddar cheese, tomato broth with my secret ingredient – refried beans. They’re great for thickening the soup while at the same adding a ton of flavor. Plus I love them on my tacos so I had to sneak them in.

Just say the word taco and I start jumping up and down like an excited puppy dog. I love them in all their different flavors, shapes and forms but my favorite will always be the traditional American taco of ground beef, cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomato {a little avocado and a spoonful of refried beans never hurt either}.

This tastes just like one! Only more comforting because that’s how soup rolls. When you pile on the toppings like sour cream and tortilla chips you really bring on the taco experience. In a whole new way.

Get out your soup spoons.

And your slow-cookers.

Taco Soup

Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

Slow-cooker Tex-Mex soup with ground beef, corn, tomatoes, onions and bell peppers swimming in a taco-seasoned, cheddar cheese, tomato broth with my secret ingredient - refried beans.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large green or red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 + 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cans {14 ounces each) beef broth
2 packets msg-free taco seasoning or 4 tablespoons homemade
1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 can (14.5 ounce) petite diced tomatoes with juices
1 + 1/2 cups corn
1 can (16 ounce) refried beans
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Your choice of garnishes:
sour cream
tortilla chips
diced avocado or guacamole
shredded lettuce
diced fresh tomatoes
chopped fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion, pepper and garlic. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, stirring often, turn heat down slightly if it starts to brown too quickly.
  2. Remove the vegetables to the slow-cooker and add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking it apart as it cooks, until browned. While the meat is browning you can add the broth, taco seasoning, oregano, tomatoes, corn and refried beans to the slow-cooker. Mix well.
  3. Once the meat is cooked add to the slow-cooker and mix well. Add about 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Cook on high 3 - 4 hours or low 5 - 6. About a half hour before serving skim off any grease that rises to the top, taste and re-season if needed then mix in the cheddar cheese.
  4. Serve with your choice of garnishes.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-taco-soup/

Southwestern Cheddar Chili Mac

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