Slow Cooker Summer Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oilSlow-Cooker-Summer-Beef-Stew-1-600x840.jpg
  • 1 1/4-1/2 pounds stew beef, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (check the sugar count!)
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth/ 2 bouillon cubes with 2 cups water
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • chopped fresh basil for garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat on the stove-top.
  2. Toss beef with flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl until all the pieces all equally coated.
  3. Add beef to the hot pot and brown on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Transfer beef and all it’s juices to the slow cooker.
  5. Add garlic, bay leaf, shallots, tomato paste and broth to the slow cooker. Stir to combine and set for 6 hours on low heat.
  6. Add zucchini and peppers 30 minutes before timer is up (after 5.5 hours of cooking), stir gently to combine and continue cooking with lid on for remaining 30 minutes. (*see note)
  7. Serve with grain of choice (shown with creamy cheese grits).
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