Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chipotle Beet Stew

Crock-Pot Dish
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin 
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef chuck, cubed 
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium parsnips, sliced 
  • 1 lb red potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canned chipotle chili, minced or dried chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3-4 cups beef broth 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chilies, undrained 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 
 1. Cut steak into 1 inch cubes. Place flour in a large ziplock bag. Add salt, pepper, & cumin, seal the bag & shake. Add meat & shake to coat. 

2. Warm 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the meat, shaking off excess flour mixture. Brown on all sides for 5 minutes total. Transfer to a slow cooker. Repeat with remaining meat. Discard all but 1 tablespoon flour mixture.

3. Chop carrots, parsnips, & potatoes then add to CrockPot. 

4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Saute onion for 3 minutes. Add garlic, saute 1 minute. Sprinkle reserved flour over onion mixture, stir. Add chipotle chili or chili powder & tomato paste, cook 1 minute while stirring. 

5. Stir in broth & tomatoes, bring to a boil. Season with salt & pepper then pour mixture over the meat & veggies in the CrockPot. 

6. Cover & cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or until meat & veggies are tender. If desired serve over Creamy Polenta, or Sweet Potato Mash & top with chopped cilantro. 

Plate Finished Product 
Stew over Creamy Polenta
Stew over Sweet Potato Mash
I have been in search for many years for a good hearty CrockPot beef stew. I came across this recipe in a magazine & modified it to my liking. It turned out better than I expected & it pair great with the Creamy Polenta or Sweet Potato Mash makes a more filling dish.

For Whole30 or Paleo use olive oil, remove flour & toss meat with seasonings only during browning process. Use the chipotle chili powder not the chipotle chili because they are not approved. Check labels on canned tomatoes, if the one with salsa is not approved mix regular diced canned tomatoes with approved salsa. Also as of Aug. 2014 potatoes are now Whole30 approved so you can use those or sweet potatoes, or remove both & use the Sweet Potato Mash as a base. I decided to replace the red potatoes with sweet potatoes, I like the spice mixture with sweet potatoes better. The stew has a kick when you use the chipotle chili so the powder is usually more mild. For more heat add more chili or powder after you have tasted the dish.

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