Crock-Pot Beef Stew (With Beer!)

Beef StewBrrrr…It certainly isn’t news that it’s been a frigid week. Instead of craving corned beef and cabbage, like I normally would on St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve been pining for cozy but still festive comfort foods like stew.

This beef stew recipe comes courtesy of my boyfriend’s aunt in Michigan, with only a few small tweaks. His aunts are some of the best cooks I know; I wish I had an arsenal of their scrumptious recipes, from homemade pierogi to the best cookies you’ve ever tasted. So, this beef stew recipe, complete with a bottle of beer, is unsurprisingly delicious. After a bitter-cold St. Patrick’s Day parade, your friends and family will devour it.

One note before you start cooking, you’ll need to adjust this recipe for the size of your slow cooker. Mine is a 7-quart oval, one of the bigger Crock-Pots out there, and the ingredients below filled it about to the top. So, if you have one of the smaller guys, definitely cut this recipe in half! It makes a lot of stew.

INGREDIENTS

Makes 8 large servings

  • 2 lbs. stew beef
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 large onions
  • 10 baby carrots, or 2 large carrots, cleaned
  • 8-oz container of fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • 3 14.5-oz cans of stewed tomatoes*
  • 12-oz. can or bottle of beer – Guinness, anyone?
  • Pepper
  • Prime rib spice, optional (We use this one, or here’s a recipe to make your own.)
  • 6-oz. can tomato paste

*If you prefer your stew without big tomato chunks, use diced tomatoes instead of stewed. If you do this, you probably won’t need quite as much either.

DIRECTIONS

Chop potatoes and onions into bite size pieces. Slice carrots, and mince the garlic. Cut the sliced mushrooms in half.

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, except for the tomato paste, and stir. Season with pepper and prime rib spice. Cook on high for about 6 hours**. When the beef is cooked, add tomato paste and stir. Serve with bread, crackers, or, my favorite, cornbread.

**Adjust time based on how your Crock-Pot typically cooks. If you’re home while it’s cooking, just check now and then to see if it’s cooked by cutting into the beef.

Enjoy, and have a happy St. Patty’s Day!