End of the Garden Crock Pot Beef Stew – Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Slow cooler time! Well, once again it’s snowing in Chicago.  No way am I stepping outside in this – “white out conditions”, we’re supposed to get 8 more inches in the next few hours to make this the 5th snowiest winter that Chicago has ever seen.  We were out of town all weekend so the fridge is looking pretty bare.  Time to see what I have frozen, canned, and dried!  Typically I make this Crock Pot Beef Stew at the end of the summer. It’s perfect for one of those first chilly days – when you need to get the last green beans off the vines and can start to pull up a few carrots.  What I love about this recipe is it works fine with canned veggies, frozen veggies, or fresh veggies so I almost always have just about everything I need to make it on hand.  So here it is, my End of the Summer Garden Crock Pot Beef Stew – as always it’s a gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and nut free recipe! These are the “ideal” ingredients. You can see from my pictures below that I only had a few fresh carrots, an onion, a few potatoes, and a bag of frozen stir fry veggies that had carrots, mushrooms, green beans, onions, and broccoli – the recipe’s flexible

End of the Garden Crock Pot Beef Stew - Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Recipe

End of the Summer Garden Beef Stew Crock Pot Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes

1 lb chuck stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

8 oz sliced mushrooms

6 cloves garlic, sliced

4 carrots, sliced into 1/2″ rounds

2 cups or so of chopped green beans

1 12 oz package frozen pearl onions or 1 large onion chopped

3 tbsp Coconut Aminos (or gf soy sauce if you’re not soy free)

3 tbsp tomato paste

1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar

3 cups beef broth

1 cup red wine

1 bay leaf

paprika

salt & pepper

Directions

Place potatoes on the bottom of the crock pot. Seaon beef with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat a large skillet over high heat and brown beef. Place beef over potatoes, then brown mushrooms and add to the crock pot.  In same skillet, add 3 cups beef broth and de-glaze the pan (scrapping up brown bits).  Add broth to crock pot.

End of the Garden Crock Pot Beef Stew

Add carrots, onions, and other veggies to the slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste, Coconut Aminos, red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and red wine.  Pour over veggies and add bay leaf. Cover and cook until beef is very tender, 8 to 10 hours on low, or 4 to 5 hours on high. Remove bay leaf and enjoy!

End of the Garden Crock Pot Beef Stew - Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Recipe

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