Mr. Food: Cozy Beef Stew

December 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
This warm and cozy beef stew is the perfect one-pot meal to throw together and cook on the stovetop. The best part is it tastes even better the next day, so it fits as a make-ahead, too!Makes 4 to 6 servings

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium-sized onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans mixed vegetables,?undrained?(see Option)
1 (15-ounce) can whole potatoes, drained and quartered,?with liquid reserved
1 (14-1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and quartered,?with liquid reserved
1 (10-1/2-ounce) can condensed beef broth

  1. In a soup pot, heat oil over high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic, and pepper, and cook 10 minutes, or until beef is browned, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients, including reserved liquids, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook 1 hour, or until beef is tender and a thick gravy has formed, stirring occasionally.

OPTION:?For a chunkier stew, use 1 can cut green beans and 1 can sliced carrots instead of 2 cans mixed vegetables.

 


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