Sunday was the official kickoff to the NFL football season. It was also the first Sunday John and I spent together since he has Sunday’s off now! When we woke up we both had only two thoughts…what games were we going to watch and what was for dinner.
It was kind of a cool breezy day…we had the windows open and the games on tv. It came to me pretty early on in the morning that it was a beef stew kind of day! Truthfully, growing up it wasn’t a dinner we had often. All of us kids were kind of picky eaters so I think it was easier for mom to make more simple meals. As I have gotten older I have began to appreciate soups and stews so much more since I have control over what goes in them.
This stew is a little different as it has a thick sauce to it and no huge chunks of tomatoes. I was excited to try it. If you decide to make it…be prepared for the amazing smells that will fill your home. We were so excited to try it, we could hardly wait for it to be finished.
1 Large onion
2 Pounds of Beef Stew Meat
2 (1oz) Packages of dry onion soup mix
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
1 Tablespoon pepper
1 Tablespoon salt
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut
2 cups ketchup
4 (10 oz.) cans cream of celery soup
First begin by emptying the 2 packages of dry onion soup mix into a gallon size baggie
Next add the beef stew meat to the baggie and shake it up spreading the mix throughout the baggie. Go ahead and add your pepper, salt and paprika at this time too
Once you have mixed the onion soup and beef stew meat up pretty well, put the meat at the very bottom of the crock-pot
Next add about 3-4 cups of baby size carrots
Wash the potatoes, peel them and throw them on top of the stew
In a small bowl pour the cream of celery out from the cans
Next add the 2 cups of ketchup and mix it really well
Once it is all mixed up, pour evenly over the top of the stew
Put the lid on the stew, turn on low and let it cook for 8 hours
It won’t be until about the third or fourth hour that you will begin to get this savory tomato – beef smell that will just fill the house. My fiance and I walked over several times throughout the day, taking the lid off. Taking naps on the couch, watching football and smelling dinner made our Sunday so perfect
At about the seventh hour take the lid off, slice up the whole onion and add it to the stew. I liked doing this because it gave that cooked onion flavor but not enough that they were still just a little crunchy. They will definitely cook all the way through, but there’s just a little crunch. SO perfect
When everything is cooked, the sauce will thin out just a little
Go ahead and pour some into a bowl.
The carrots and potatoes were so soft and the meat tender. The sauce is so amazing and had such good flavor that when I got towards the end of my bowl, I went to the pantry for bread to scoop the rest out of the bowl
This meal is not only super easy to prep but to let sit for 8 hours…I mean how much work is that? Crock-Pot meals are the absolute best because you can just throw a bunch of stuff together, add a lid and come back a few hours later and it’s dinner. No getting pots and pans out, cutting up salads, prepping 5 sides.
I hope you love this as much as we did!!