In this recipe, budget-friendly stew beef is slowly braised to perfection with beer, garlic, and onion. Serve with the gravy and mashed potatoes, or make open faced hot beef sandwiches.
- 3 pounds stew beef or lean chuck, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 12 ounces beer (or use low sodium or unsalted beef stock)
- 1/4 cup flour
- Coat the beef cubes with the 1/2 cup flour. Brown in skillet in the butter. Drain off excess fat.
- In slow cooker, combine browned meat with onion, salt, pepper, garlic, and beer. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 9 hours, or until meat is tender.
- Turn control to high. Stir the remaining 1/4 cup flour into about 1/4 cup of cold water until smooth.
- Stir the flour mixture into meat mixture, cook on high for 30 to 40 minutes longer.
- Serve with rice and salad.
Makes about 8 to 10 servings.
Reader Comments and Suggestions
- "I've been cooking this for several years now. It's one of my all-time favorites, and I cook it at least once a month. I've recently started altering it a bit. Instead of using the salt and pepper as called for, I use Cavender's Greek Seasoning. I mix it with the flour (maybe 1 tsp.), and then I sprinkle it on the meat before I dip it in flour. I also use a red onion and caramelize the onion in the same skillet I used to brown the meat before adding it to the crockpot. I use the garlic as directed. Additionally, because of the cooking time and the fact I'm usually gone for at least 10 hours, I've started getting a boneless chuck roast instead of the stew meat. I cut it in 1-inch chunks. That way, the meat doesn't just fall apart when I finally get home to turn off the crockpot. It's still tender, but there's some substance to it. Finally, I use Corona for the beer. But I'm not sure that makes a difference. The Greek seasoning, though, has really enhanced this recipe." P.P.
- "This was incredibly good! I used Bud Light, and reduced the meat to 1lb. It still turned out great - I highly recommend the recipe. As a bonus, it smelled wonderful while cooking. " Des
- "Very good meal , Be sure to use a good hearty beer ( I used Sam Adams Winter Lager). I also added carrots which went in very well." D.B.
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