Watch how to make slow cooker beef stew

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Beef stew is a classic - and the perfect dish for a cool night. Best yet, this slow cooker recipe is going to make it easier than ever to whip it up whenever your heart desires. The ingredients are household items, and all you're really going to need to get is some fresh beef the day or night before you want to cook this up.
Pair this dish with a crunchy fresh salad to bring some freshness to the rich dish - or whip up some garlic bread perfect for soaking up this heavenly broth. Either way, you're going to end up licking the bowl clean.
Slow cooker beef stew
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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
Serves: 8
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2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
1 clove garlic, minced 
1 bay leaf 
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red wine (optional)
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
Parsley, chopped
1. Mix flour, salt, and pepper. Thoroughly coat the meat with mixture and place in the slow cooker. You can do this in the slow cooker to save yourself a dish to wash. 
2. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to mix well. 
3. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
4. Garnish with parsley. Serve in a bowl with a piece of garlic bread on the side to dunk. This lets you soak up that incredible slow cooked broth. 
Pro tip: To add some sweetness to this dish, and cut some of that richness, we suggest caramelizing your onions beforehand. Cook them low and slow until clear, then golden, then a brown with golden specs. Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar when they're golden to enhance the caramelization.
You can also add some grilled peppers to also add a hint of sweetness to this dish, and add a twist to the classic recipe.
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