A Recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet & Hearty Beef Stew … Plus, Go Red Sox {October Recipe Redux Challenge}

When it comes to sports, The Meal Makeover Moms are Yin and Yang. Janice is an avid sports fan and wouldn’t miss a Red Sox or Patriot’s game for the world. Liz on the other hand is a fair-weather fan … at best! But when it comes to the World Series, we’re all in.

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As the World Series begins tonight, the goal for family meals this week will be fast, easy, and comforting, which is why we were excited about this month’s Recipe Redux cooking challenge featuring slow cooker creations.

Slow cooker beef stew

Our Sweet & Hearty Beef  Stew recipe takes just five minutes to assemble, and then the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you. As Red Sox Nation cozies up to watch their team battle it out with the Cardinals, steamy bowls filled with a mix of lean stew beef, sweet carrots, and mushrooms are guaranteed to hit the spot.

Sweet and Hearty Beef Stew

Makes 6 Servings

Looking for a home-run recipe for your family? Try this slow cooker beef stew with three veggies: mushrooms, carrots, and peas. Serve over egg noodles (fun for kids), brown rice, or with a whole wheat roll and a salad.

  • 8 ounces presliced mushrooms
  • 2 pounds lean stew meat, trimmed of fat
  • One 16-ounce bag baby carrots
  • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed

1.  Place the mushrooms in the bottom of a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Top with the stew meat and carrots.  In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, maple syrup, and vinegar, and salt and pour evenly over the meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on low until the meat and carrots are tender, 6 to 7 hours.

2.  When done, maintain the slow cooker on low heat. In a bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until well combined. Gently stir the cornstarch mixture and the peas into the slow cooker and cover until the liquid thickens and the peas heat through, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information per Serving:  350 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated), 420mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 32g protein, 220% vitamin A, 15% vitamin C, 24% iron

Beef Stew

We can’t wait to see what our fellow Reduxers cook up this month!

2 Responses to “A Recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet & Hearty Beef Stew … Plus, Go Red Sox {October Recipe Redux Challenge}”

  1. Christine on November 24th, 2013

    This is a bad, bad recipe. Tried it today and went against my better judgment of browning the meat in a pan beforehand. The meat was so tough and dry (I got a really great lean cut that was quite pricey, so that was unfortunate), the sauce got very watery. Seriously a disappointment. I would try to adjust this recipe, but I don’t even know where to begin.

  2. Liz on November 24th, 2013

    Hi Christine: We’ve made this recipe many times with great success. We’re so disappointed to hear it did not turn out for you. Did you thicken the sauce at the end with the cornstarch? How long did you cook the meat? Did you cook it on low? Again, so sorry to hear about your experience. But please do provide a few more details… Best, The Moms

  3. Cailin @ sassy dove on January 4th, 2014

    Great recipe, ladies, and I love the sports theme! I can’t see how anyone had such trouble with a crock pot recipe…low and slow and it always tastes good!!

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