Crock Pot Beef Stew

It’s that time of year again… I pull out the crock pot and pick out some nice hearty recipes that I can make for my beautiful little family. I love the fall. I can’t express it enough and I love being able to smell a home cooked meal cooking all day in the crock Pot.
The other night we had the pleasure of having family over for dinner. Our cousins Eric, Shelby (Eeee I’m in her wedding next year, Can’t wait!!), Laura and her boyfriend Johnny. I would hang out with them once a week if we could. They are fun to get together with but even better they love the kids. Like get on the floor, play catch for an hour, throw L in the air love them. It’s nice to have a great family but it’s nice when they genuinly want to come over to hang out with you babies. I don’t even know if they follow my blog but just so you know I love  you guys for everything you do!

Anyway… sappy part over. SO I made dinner and that morning we Mr. A and I had to get J’s passport in CT because we are going to Ireland Nov 1st. I wouldn’t have too much time to spend making a big dinner so I knew the crock pot was my best option. Since the finances are a little lacking I decided to make my beef stew with ground beef. Its more economical and it stretches a bit farther. Feel free to substitute actual chunks of beef if  you would like.

Ingredients:
4 lbs ground beef
1 medium red (or white) onion
4 large carrots
4 large pieces of Celery
1 red pepper
1 small habanero pepper
6 large potatoes
1 bottle of beer
2 cans of gravy
1 cup of water
Rosemary
Basil
Oregano
hot sauce, salt & pepper to taste

Start off by browning your meat with a little bit of salt and pepper, drain and set aside.

Cut up and dice all of your veggies and peel your potatoes. Cut your potatoes into quarters, unless they are small then just half them. Add your meat to the bottom of the crock pot, add your veggies, then your potatoes. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of all your spices over your veggies. Feel free to play around with the spices as some people aren’t a fan of Rosemary. Also if you don’t have any of the ones listed just play around with what you have at home. Pour your beer and gravy over the top and add your cup of water.

Either cook it on low for 8 hours or high for 4. I cooked my for 4 as I needed it ready for 6 and got a late start. After either 4 or 2 hours go ahead and give everything a stir so that all the juice can mix in a bit. Normally you would leave it and let it cook itself but I had so much in the pot that the spuds wouldn’t have gotten cooked if I didn’t mix them through a bit.

I also cooked 5 cups of rice in my rice cooker to put under the stew as there was only 6 potatoes for 6 people. (Shelby and I love potatoes so we were going to hog them!)

Empty it out into a nice huge serving bowl and serve family style to your guests.

and sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a nice big bowl of stew!

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