Crock-Pot Winter Beef Stew

Hi friends!

It’s full blown Winter here in Vancouver.  Probably the coldest one we’ve had in the past few years.  I mean there is SNOW. Real life white powdery stuff and our car without snow tires can’t get up the hill in my area until they salt the roads.  Mind blown & slightly ridiculous because it’s so uncommon here!  There have been years where the mountains refunded season pass holders because we had such a mild Winter. Oh those were the days…I’m a total sun queen so I’m just being a big baby & whining.  Snow is cool, on mountains!

I don’t know about you, but Winter for me = cozy. It’s time to turn on that fire place, have a bowl of soup or a cup of tea & cuddle up, am I right? 🙂

This stew is so perfect for those days.  I just use my handy crock pot in the morning and leave it on low for 6-10 hours.  This recipe is great in that it doesn’t get soggy and the flavours just intensify the longer you keep it in your crock pot. Perfect for that weeknight meal that’s ready when you get home from work or on weekends for meal prep.

Beef Stew made in the crock pot (Dairy-free, Gluten-free)
Prepare all of your vegetables.
Beef Stew made in the crock pot (Dairy-free, Gluten-free)
Sear your meat on all sides.
Beef Stew made in the crock pot (Dairy-free, Gluten-free)
Layer your meat, veggies and diced tomatoes.

I have a confession though, I’m late to the crock-pot scene…like I’m talking 2016 late.  WHY did I not invest in one earlier?  I got mine from my local Costco for approx $50 CAD. I’d suggest you check your local Costco or buy your crock-pot from Amazon by clicking here.

I’m glad I got a simple one as they can get quite pricey. It has easy to use settings consisting of low/high/warm & can be programmed anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours!  You don’t need a fancy one to get the job done.  I hope you try this stew out and let me know what you think :).  The ingredient list might look long and daunting but really you can customise this recipe to fit your taste but below is everything I’d use.

My handy crock pot.

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