In my search for easy crockpot recipes, I found this one in the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook this weekend. Since yesterday was supposed to be super cold (and it was - we went from temps in the 70's over the weekend to a high in the low 40's yesterday), I figured this would be a nice warm, filling meal. This stew was incredible! Every one of the small people asked for a second helping, even Sassy who is by far our most picky eater.
4 carrots, cubed
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, quartered
1 1/2 lbs beef stewing meat, cubed
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 pkg dry taco seasoning mix
2 cups water, divided
1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1. Layer first 4 ingredients in slow cooker. Add tomato sauce.
2. Combine taco seasoning with 1 1/2 cups water. Stir cornstarch into remaining 1/2 cup water until smooth. Stir into rest of water with taco seasoning. Pour over ingredients in slow cooker.
3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Cover. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
I knew that my crew would probably not eat onions that way, so I used minced onions. I served it over rice. Soccer Girl, who almost daily tells us that she HATES rice, loved the rice with the stew. In fact, she asked The Boy for his leftover rice.