Soul Warming Hearty Beef Stew #SundaySupper

[ 60 ] November 4, 2012 |

This week’s #SundaySupper is all about warming up from in the inside. Who doesn’t love a hearty soul warming dish that not only fills your tummy, but also wraps around you like a comfy, fuzzy blanket.  When it’s chilly outside I like to take the chill out of our bones with this Hearty Beef Stew.

I am pretty picky about making beef stew. I personally don’t like when the potatoes get all super mushy and break up in the stew itself. Plus it makes it pretty tough to photograph when everything looks like gravy covered mashed potatoes. I no longer cook the potatoes in the crock pot with all the other ingredients. My stew is mainly beef, large carrot chunks and the gravy. Our family loves carrots so I always make sure to put in plenty. I leave them in rustic chunks so they keep their shape and don’t get too soft.

Now you are probably asking, what is stew without potatoes? I solved my mushy potato problem by dicing and roasted them in the oven. After roasting the potatoes become a beautiful toasty brown with crispy edges. They make a perfect bed for ladling the stew over the top. The multiple textures of the components add to the deliciousness of the dish. I planned to also throw in some cut green beans at the end, but forgot while focusing on my potatoes.

Ingredients:
3 lbs chopped carrots
1 sweet onion
2 lbs diced potatoes
3 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 package McCormick® Slow Cookers Hearty Beef Stew Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup flour
2 cups water

Directions:
1. Mix flour and 1 pack of seasoning in large bowl
2. Toss beef cubes and coat in flour mixture
3. Place coated beef in crock pot
4. Add 2nd pack of seasoning mix to crock pot, sprinkle over beef
5. Add sliced onion on top of beef in crock pot
6. Cook on high 1 hour
7. Add carrots to slow cooker and continue cooking on high 1 hour
8. Add 1 cup of water and stir ingredients thoroughly, cook another hour on high
9. Add 1 cup of water and stir ingredients again turn to low and continue to cook 2 more hours
10. In last hour of crock pot cooking time, dice and toss potatoes in a little olive oil and arrange on baking sheet
11. Roast potatoes in 425 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes until browned and crispy
12. Stir crock ingredients thoroughly again before serving. Layer stew over roasted potatoes.

If you like beef stew, give this way of serving a try. I bet money you won’t go back to the mushy potatoes again.  I started with this basic recipe from McCormick HERE before all my modifications.  You can also just throw everything in the crock pot and let it go if you feel like living on the edge.  Crock pots are supposed to be easy time savers.

Now for the fun stuff!  This week’s #SundaySupper event is hosted by Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen, and there are over 50 contributors this week, bringing you their best warm you up dishes!  You’ll find everything from stews, soups, main entrees and even some hot drinks and desserts.  Make sure you check out the list below to bring some amazing #SundaySupper recipes to your table this week!

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Feel like sharing your favorite dish that warms you up?  Join us on Twitter throughout the day by following the hashtag #SundaySupper.  We’ll all be chatting up a storm during out live chat, Sunday evening at 7:00 pm(Eastern). Just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag there too. Oh, and if you’re on Pinterest, pop on over to see all the gorgeous pictures that accompany our recipes on the #SundaySupper Pinterest board!

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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. I think a stew can perfectly work without potatoes, but roasting them is the way to go Karen! Great sounding recipe!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Lentil and Chorizo Stew #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. Hezzi-D
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    says:

    I love the color of your stew-it just screams fall to me. It also looks hearty and delicious.
    Hezzi-D recently posted..Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. Susan says:

    Beef stew always calls to me. Thanks for joining us this week!
    Susan recently posted..Carbonnade Flamande #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. Roasting the potatoes in the oven sounds like the perfect solution. I’m not a huge fan of mushy potatoes either.
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..30 Minute Black Bean Soup for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. Renee says:

    Great idea for using roasted potatoes. I bet they add an extra flavor depth to the stew.
    Renee recently posted..Turkey Noodle Soup for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. I am just like you… I don’t like it when my potatoes are super mushy! I can’wait to try your recipe for Hearty Beef Stew. Great idea!
    Family Foodie recently posted..Easy Italian Wedding Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
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    says:

    Mmmmm it sounds fantastic!!! I am loving all of the posts this week. I love these comfort types of dishes. I am pinning this for sure!!
    Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen recently posted..Chicken with Herbed Dumplings for Soul Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. Patti says:

    Love the way you keep everything chunky – that’s how I like it! Great recipe!
    Patti recently posted..A Soul Warming #SundaySupper – Cowboy Beef StewMy Profile

  9. Tara Noland says:

    Beef stew, chunky, hearty and full of flavor would surely warm your soul!!
    Tara Noland recently posted..Seafood Chowder for Soul Warming at #Sunday SupperMy Profile

  10. We always do our stew in our slow cooker. Set it, forget it, eat deliciousness a few hours later! Yours looks gorgeous!
    Jen @ Juanita’s Cocina recently posted..Canadian Beer Cheese Soup ~ Soul Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Chris Baccus says:

    Crockpot stews for the win!

  12. Sheila says:

    I adore beef stew. I will have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing.
    Sheila recently posted..#SundaySupper: Spanish Garlic SoupMy Profile

  13. Lyn @LovelyPantry
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    says:

    Your stew looks so rich and hearty! Loving the flavours. Roasted potatoes are my favourite way to have them :-)
    Lyn @LovelyPantry recently posted..Black Bean Soup With Hot Roast Pepper Cream for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. Laura Hunter says:

    So I actually love the mushy potatoes, however your way sounds amazing too so I will definitely give it a try next time I make a batch. I bet my roast potato loving husband will flip over it.
    Laura Hunter recently posted..Lentil and Bacon Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. Soni says:

    This is a perfect comfort food for a cold day and I can totally imagine the delicious flavors going in here :) Lovely recipe :)
    Soni recently posted..Easy Wonton Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  16. I love beef stew and yours looks wonderful.
    veronica gantley recently posted..Easy Chicken and Dumplings for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
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    says:

    Drool…I love beef stew and yours looks fantastic! I hear ya on the “too-mushy veggies” – I hate when veggies are too soft. I also cook my potatoes separately whenever I make soup/stew and just add them in near the end so they don’t break apart.
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Chicken Pot Pie for a Soul Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

  18. Megan @IRun4Wine
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    says:

    I’m always looking for a good beef stew recipe. I am great at pot roast and very “meh” with beef stew. This looks fantastic!
    Megan @IRun4Wine recently posted..Healthy Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings for Dishes That Keep You Warm #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. Bea
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    says:

    It sure looks like a delicious beef stew:)
    Bea recently posted..Chicken & Mushroom Stew on Egg Noodles for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. I haven’t had stew in a really long time. This looks thick and perfect for the cool nights!

  21. Sarah says:

    What a great idea. I don’t like mushy potatoes in my stew either. Next time I will have to roast them and add them at the end. Thanks for the great tip. Your stew looks so warm and comforting. Yummy!
    Sarah recently posted..Spicy Korean Brisket Soup {Yukgaejang} #SundaySupperMy Profile

  22. Stew always warms my soul. I love that it’s made in the crockpot. Yum!
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..Chicken Soup with Dumplings~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

  23. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    I love that your recipe was made in the crock pot. It’s not only soul warming, but it gives you time to warm up while it’s cooking in the crock pot!
    Alaiyo Kiasi recently posted..Gumbo Z’Herbes for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  24. Faye Leong says:

    Thanks so much for your tips – to roast the potatoes to avoid mushy potatoes! This stew beef looks delish!
    Faye Leong recently posted..Spicy Udon Noodle Soup – Recipes to Keep You Warm #SundaySupperMy Profile

  25. Karen – great recipe…I love the layered approach. This is definitely going on my recipes to make list…

  26. Great idea to roast the potatoes!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Ham and String Beans #SundaySupperMy Profile

  27. Anne @ Webicurean
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    says:

    Nothing like a good stew, yum!
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  28. Elena says:

    Thank you for the recipe! Looks delicious!

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