Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

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The purpose of this Instructable is to show you how to create an easy meal that anyone can make. There are a ton of beef stew recipes out there, but this one is different because it is designed for a college student. In college it can be difficult to eat full nutritious meals. This recipe requires only a short prep time, and you can simply turn it on in the morning and come home to a fully prepared meal.

Technical Ability: No experience required
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
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Step 1: What you will need!

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1 Medium Onion
1lb Stew Meat
4 Medium Red Potatoes
1 Cup of Carrots
1 Can Cambell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Can Cambell's Tomato Soup
Sea Salt Grinder
Peppercorn Grinder

1 Potato Peeler
1 Butcher's Knife
1 Rubber Scraper
Crock Pot
Cutting Board
Measuring Cups

Step 2: Chop the Carrots

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Coarsely chop carrots into 1/4 inch thick pieces using the butchers knife.

WARNING: Be careful to take your time so that you do not cut your fingers with the knife.

Outcome: When you are done you should have approximately 1/2 a cup of chopped carrots

Step 3: Prepare the Onion

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Quarter the onion, and coarsely chop one quarter. Be sure to remove the outer layer of the onion before chopping.

WARNING: Be careful to take your time so that you do not cut your fingers with the knife.

Outcome: You should have approximately 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped onion.

Step 4: Peel the Potatoes

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Remove the skins of the red potatoes using the Potato Peeler.

WARNING: Be careful not to cut yourself with the potato peeler. To avoid this, peel away from yourself.

Outcome: You should now have four fully peeled red potatoes.

Step 5: Slice and Quarter the Potatoes

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Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch thick medallions. Quarter the medallions.

Warning: Be careful to take your time so that you do not cut your fingers with the knife.

Outcome: You should now have all of your potatoes prepared.

Step 6: Mix Soups in the Crock Pot

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Mix the Cream of Mushroom and the Tomato soups together in the crock pot.

TIP: Use a rubber scraper to get all of the soup out of the can easily
sciiteh2 years ago
Idk if this goes with your quick theme but if you brown the meat (1st step in the crockpot?) and the onions(aromatics) together it should be more flavorful.

Otherwise awesome recipe and pictures :)
allen3 years ago
I've made this recipe about a dozen times using variations of a minor sort - cut up chuck steak, stewing beef or cut-up bottom round, a tablespoon of soy, a tablespoon of Worcestershire not all at the same time of course - and it's always good.

My more or less settled recipe includes celery, onion, carrots and a couple of teaspoons of beef base or a couple of bullion cubes. I tried potatoes once but they cooked to mush but I might try red skins. Perhaps they'll hold together.

Got a pot going now for dinner.
Bosun Rick3 years ago
I skip scraping of the soup cans, just add a little water to each of them, swish it around & pour them into the pot! I also add a can of whole kernal corn. Bon Appetit!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Fantastic! Looking forward to more crock pot recipes :D
WolfKodi3 years ago
Love the plentiful photos.