It’s another cold, windy day here in Worthington, Minnesota, and the crazy weather outside has me thinking of beef stew. I wish I would have had this in the crock pot today. It would have been the perfect dinner.
I made this beef stew for our ladies Christmas party at church and it got such great reviews, I made it again for the Walljasper family Christmas. So finally, I am getting around to sharing the recipe on my blog. My friend Stephanie gave me the original beef stew seasoning mix recipe. The recipe below is what I did. I made just a few changes to the recipe. As I said in my homemade fajita post —it is so easy and inexpensive to make your own seasoning mixes. Not only, does it taste better, it is also much healthier because it does not have added ingredients, fillers and preservatives.
Beef Stew Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp. oregano
1 tbsp. basil
1.5 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tbsp. celery salt
2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. onion powder
Measure all of the ingredients and mix well in a medium size mixing bowl.
Pour into jar and cover. To use, add 2 to 3 tbsp. of seasoning per pound of meat.
Crock Pot Beef Stew
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 stalks of celery
1.5 cups of beef broth (can use more depending on consistency you prefer)
2-3 pounds stew meat (or a roast cubed)
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (about 1.5 cups if using fresh)
Toss the meat with the spice mix and let it set while preparing the vegetables. Put chopped vegetables in crock pot. Then add stew meat and last add the beef broth. Stir and cook on low for 8 hours or cook for 4 hours on high.
Feel free to add or change the recipe. I have made it with no tomatoes and no parsnips before. So get creative and make changes to whatever suits your taste buds.
I hope you enjoy this hearty beef stew that is perfect for a wintery day!