Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Costco Plan - 20 Meals for $150 in Less Than 2 Hours | 5DollarDinners.com

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This recipe is part of the 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco for $150 meal plan. Note that this is written as a single recipe, but is doubled in the Costco meal plan, so you will have enough ingredients to make 2 packs.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker

Ingredients

  • ¼ of the stew beef, about 1 lb.
  • 3 potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Assembly Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pack, in the order they were listed. Remove as much air as you can or vacuum seal the pack. Freeze up to 6 months in a refrigerator freezer, or 12 months in a deep freezer.

Cooking Instructions: Thaw the slow cooker pack in the refrigerator overnight, or in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. If the pack is partially thawed, cook on low for 8-10 hours. If the pack is completely thawed, you can cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

Side dish suggestion: This one-dish meal doesn’t need a side dish, unless you want to add one. I would suggest a simple green salad or broccoli.

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Judy W August 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Is it 3 cups of beef broth that is used in this recipe?

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Jen W October 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I am assuming it is chicken broth that was on the Costco list for this meal plan, but you could obviously change it out to beef broth

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PirateMomPenny August 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Would it be ok to freeze without the beef broth…and then add into the crockpot at cooking time?
I’m thinking this would save room in my freezer. Thoughts?

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Molly August 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

How often/when should I be stirring?

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Michelle October 8, 2014 at 1:48 am

Sounds good but I would not freeze the potatoes. Add them fresh because otherwise your potatoes in the stew will taste watery and mushy. I find that both potatoes and rice don’t freeze very well.
Note: You can freeze mashed potatoes for other dinners, if you mix them with sour cream before freezing them.

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Michelle October 8, 2014 at 1:49 am

Oh I almost forgot, always add a bay leaf to the beef stew and it will taste better.

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Michele October 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Has anyone made this? How did it turn out?

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Jessica November 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

It is deliciously simple! One if my fav beef stew recipes. The potatoes freeze well, especially russett. Adding broth later is a great idea!

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