When it comes to preparing dinner, prepping individual ingredients from scratch can be a pain, especially when you're hard pressed for time. That's where shortcuts come in handy. If you can substitute some pre-made ingredient instead of making it from scratch, it can make a huge difference.
This recipe's special ingredient may seem like a shortcut, but actually gives a unique taste that's different from any traditionally made tomato-based sauce. This hearty stew will warm your insides and keep you full in these final months before the weather begins to warm up!
Pro tip: For a richer flavor, brown the floured beef in a skillet with a little olive oil. Then deglaze the skillet with the vegetables and a little bit of the V8 juice before pouring everything into the slow cooker.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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