Ground Beef Stew is made in the slow cooker and it will make your house smell amazing! Kid friendly ground beef, potatoes, carrots in a richly seasoned tomato beef broth base. Serve with rolls or bread to soak up all the goodness.
1½cupschopped Yukon gold or red potatoespeeled or unpeeled, about
1½cupchopped baby carrotscut each baby carrot into 3-4 pieces
3cupsreduced sodium beef broth
1can (10 oz)tomato soup
1can (6 oz)tomato paste w/ garlic, oregano, basil
2tablespoonsLipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix
1teaspoondried Italian seasoning
Spray the insert of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
In a skillet pan, over medium-high heat, brown and crumble the ground beef, onion, and salt. Once beef is no longer pink, drain the excess grease, and add it into the slow cooker.
Add the chopped potatoes & carrots, beef broth, tomato soup, tomato paste, garlic, beefy onion soup mix, parsley, and Italian seasoning. Stir everything together.
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW heat for 7 hours. 1 hour before the cook time is done, add the frozen green peas. Let cook for the remaining cook time.
* The stew may seem like it's not thick enough, but as it sits after cooking (even after a few minutes) it will thicken up really nicely. ** If you will be gone all day and will not be able to add the peas in 1 hour before the cook time you have two options. Add the peas in at the beginning with everything else. Yes the peas will be softer, but I don't think it's a huge deal, and my kids like the softer peas anyways. Or you can get some microwaveable green peas, microwave them according to package instructions, and then add those into the stew right before serving.
Onion : You can use any onion you want to or whatever you prefer, but after making this for years I have found that the sweet Vidalia onion really makes a big difference and is the best to use in this recipe. Garlic : Feel free to use fresh garlic cloves that you mince or press. Use chopped garlic from the jar. Or use garlic paste from the tube. Beefy Onion Soup Mix : The soup mix comes in a box with two packets inside. You will only use 2 tablespoons of one packet. There will be extras so save it for when you make this again. Beef Broth : If you use the full salt beef broth then this stew will be really salty. Unless you love salt, use the 50% reduced-sodium beef broth. Carrots : You can use regular carrots. I prefer the baby carrots because there is no need to peel them and all you have to do is slice them into 3-4 pieces and you're done. A 1 pound bag of baby carrots is enough for this recipe. You will almost use the entire bag.