Makes approximately 8 1-cup servings
Cooking time: 8 hours on LOW setting or 4 hours on HIGH
2 lbs. beef stew meat (cut into 1 inch pieces)
1/4 c. flour
2 Tbs vegetable oil
3 c. water
1 pkg McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning Mix (or any other brand or seasoning that suits your taste)
1 1/4 c. potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 1/4 c. carrots, peeled and sliced thick
1 1/4 c. celery, sliced thick
1 1/4 c. onion, sliced thick
Mix vegetables, water and seasoning mix into slow cooker.
Coat beef with flour and brown in oil in large skillet over medium heat. Drain. Add to vegetables in slow cooker.
Cover slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours until beef is tender.
Ladle into bowls and service with fresh, crusty Italian bread.
For variety, I often add sliced mushrooms (canned or fresh) and red wine to taste.