Recently, we had a progressive dinner with friends who live up the road. They provided a roaring fire, drinks and starters. That warmed us up and off we went to my house where Beef Chili Stew was all ready for us courtesy of the slow cooker. Slow cookers are the way to go on skiing days, during all kids’ sport seasons and any time you want some hot food waiting for you when you get home.
I served the stew with a bunch of accompaniments such as chopped avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, salsa, sliced olives and pickled jalapeño slices. Also on hand were squares of warm cornbread. I’ll post that recipe in a future corny post.
Before we get to the recipe, remember this Wendy’s commercial? Of course, you do. It is so much funnier now than when we had to hear “Where’s The Beef?” every five minutes for about five years.
Beef Chili Stew
28 oz can diced tomatoes
10 oz can Ro*Tel or similar chopped tomatoes and green chile peppers
2 (11 oz) cans tomato juice
2 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed
2 chopped onions
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (15 oz) can each black and kidney beans
1. In a 6 quart slow cooker combine the tomatoes, Ro*Tel, tomato juice, chili powder, cumin, oregano and garlic. Stir in the meat, onions, celery and green bell pepper.
2. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8 hours.
3. Stir in the beans. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer. Spoon into bowls and serve with your choice of accompaniments.
Not a really good photograph, but then there is something very weird about taking a bunch of photographs of your food when you have guests over. Even if those guests are good friends.
This Beef Chili Stew is so good that it makes me feel bad for my vegetarian friends who have to miss out. Steven Morrissey is not a friend, but he is a vegetarian. And in this song he’s easy meat. Oh, the irony.
This Stahlnetz tune is pure beefy synth.
Stahlnetz-Der Seeman Und Die STEWardess
Finally, some Slow Slow Music from The Go-Betweens because I just don’t have any slow slow cooker songs. I miss Grant McLennan.
The Go-Betweens-Slow Slow Music
I love my slow cooker too, I don’t think I use it enough though! And Tricia, no need to be afraid to whip out the camera when guests are around! Embrace your new hobby! Your friends will enjoy it as much as you do especially when you make something extra fancy just so it can go on the blog!
Thanks, Liz. I’ll try and ease my buddies into my new pyscho world of food photos. I get such a kick out of photographing everything, but I tend to need to take a ton to get one good shot. Thank goodness for digital cameras!!
That looks scrumptious! I could use a good bowl of red right now, and it’s going to get wicked cold over the weekend. I should make this, but I’ll have to leave out the green pepper, since my husband picks them out of everything but gumbo. (and he only leaves them in that because they are surrounded by shrimp.)
steutonic new wave!
Ha! Mein regenshirm is laughing.
now that’s a recipe i think i could tackle! or at least i could show to my husband and HE could make it . . . :)
I made this last night – first time to use a slow cooker (I borrowed a huge one). I almost doubled the meat (2.7 lbs) because I wanted to have extra for later. Because of this I needed to double+ the spices. I also added Kosher Salt, Pepper and Garlic Salt, a 1/2 cup red wine, small can tomato sauce and a can of corn for color (at the end) – mostly because I wanted to fill the pot! I’m a big batch cooker. Thanks, T! It is amazing and delicious. The meat is so tender! This will become a regular meal at our house for sure.
Yay! You need to get a slow cooker. You’ll find it so convenient when the days are crazy and you and the kids get home late. I like the idea of the corn for color….and the wine!
hi trisha, my mom told me about your awesome site, so i checked it out. AMAZING! I made the beef chili stew and it was fabulous! I threw in some frozen veggies at the end (peas,corn, + gn.beans) and my family loved it! Thank you:)
Thank you!! I love the idea of adding the veggies. I’m going to try that next time.