Monday, February 22, 2010

Homemade Beef Stew

This is a dish that we love to make all the time.  Its super easy at the crockpot does most of the work.

2 pounds of beef stew meat
3 large cooking potatoes
6-8 carrots
1 onion
3 cans of tomato soup
seasonings: we use curry powder, worchershire sauce, itialian seasioning, season salt, and pepper

Start off with browning the meat on the stove while you peel and cut the potatoes into quarters or eigths.  Place the potatoes into the crockpot.  Then chop the onion to size desired and add to the crockpot.  We like big chunks of onion so that is usually what size I chop it to.  Peel and cut carrots into rounds and add to crock pot.  Once the meat is browned add it and all juices from the pan to the crockpot and stir everything together.  Add 2 cans of tomato soup and 1 can of water then seasionings to your liking.  Turn on the crockpot and let it cook for 6 hours.  While it cooks stir occasionally and if need be add water to prevent it from buring.  About an hour before its done add the 3rd can of soup and taste to see if it needs more seasonings. 
Once its cooked for 6 hours dish and serve with some rolls or bread and butter on the side.  The leftovers are super yummy and best if reheated on the stove. 
 The chopped potatoes
 Browning the meat, I usually add some worchershire sauce here so that my meat is super tender later.
 The chopped up onion with potatoes
 The carrots with everything else.
The meat topped before mixing it all together.
 My favorite seasonings to use while making this.
With 2 of the 3 cans of soup.  I forgot to take a picture of the dish completely cooked, but will take one when I re-heat some later on today for our lunch.  This meal gives us several days of lunches after having it for dinner which is a great way to save on money and groceries.