Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1½ pounds stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

4 medium carrots, cut in 1-inch pieces

1 large onion, medium dice

2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 stalks celery, cut into ½-inch pieces

4 cups organic low-sodium beef broth

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

4 bay leaves

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Season the beef with the salt and black pepper, and add to the skillet.
  2. Add the carrots, onions, potatoes and celery to the slow cooker. Transfer the browned beef from the skillet to the slow cooker.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce. Add to the slow cooker along with the bay leaves.
  4. Cook on low to 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Discard the bay leaves before serving, and season with salt and black pepper if needed.