Thursdays Are For Cooking….

| July 8, 2021

This recipe for beef stew comes from Taste of Home ( , and is specifically meant for the slow cooker. The volume is for 8 servings, so if you’re feeding a crowd, adjust the ingredient portions accordingly.

It may seem too early to do something like this for summer, when a good, solid stew is a welcoming dish in the fall and winter, but with the weather going wacky like it does these days (40s overnight and 60s at noon in my AO), it’s as good as soup and a heartier meal. Add some good crusty bread, butter, a tray of cut-up veggies, and tuck in. And add the pie with ice cream (or plain) for dessert.


  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • Minced fresh thyme


  • Layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place flour in a large shallow dish. Add stew meat; turn to coat evenly. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil in batches. Place over vegetables.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, broth, mustard, salt, pepper, thyme and, if desired, browning sauce. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the meat and vegetables are tender. If desired, sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving.

Category: Cooking, Economy

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    “It may seem too early to do something like this for summer, when a good, solid stew is a welcoming dish in the fall and winter”

    Not too early at all in this house. Printed out and saved for the Fall Moose hunt.
    My hunting partner won a permit for a late Oct. Cow and this is just what I
    have been looking for. Gather up a crowd and size to match!
    Tnx Ex-PH2.

  2. ChipNASA says:

    Vis-a’-vis the previous thread, I’ll offer this…
    Looks like it’s better suited for the cooler weather as well and there is probably going to be plenty to go around.

  3. AW1Ed says:

    Where’s g-man and his pressure cooker?
    Thanks, Ex.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      PProlly on holiday.

      You’re welcome, and I chose the slow cooker method because we’re having a cold spell (50s overnight most of the time) and the slow cooker needs to do my work for me. 🙂