Gluten-free Beef Stew in Slow Cooker
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Gluten-free beef stew made in the
Crock-Pot for an easy family dinner. This gluten-free dinner is an especially cozy winter meal! Perfect for a cold day! I suggest making my gluten-free cornbread to serve along with this gluten-free meat stew recipe! They go so well together! While you can make gluten-free meat stew on the stove, I love making it on my Crock-Pot. It’s so easy and makes my house smell amazing. There’s something to be said for beef that has also been slowly cooked until tender. And just like in my gluten-free chili recipe, this slow-cooked meal is very easy!
When you think of
meat stew, you think of hearty, filling, thick, and comforting. Beef and potatoes go hand in hand when it comes to cool winter nights.
When making this meat stew, I always put my meat in a pan before adding it to the slow cooker. This gives the meat a nice crust, adding an amazing flavor to the meat stew. Can you skip the browning step? It depends on who you ask. I think it’s definitely a game changer and only takes an extra 5-10 minutes, but it’s totally up to you!
Notes on the ingredients of this slow-cooker gluten-free meat stew:
- Meat Chuck – While I use a 2-pound boneless beef roast, this recipe is quite indulgent and you can include other cuts of beef. Top Round Roast, Rump Roast, Blade Roast and others are suitable. In a pinch, I’ve used already cut beef labeled as beef braised from my local store.
- Onion – I used a white onion, but you can definitely vary the flavor by adding your favorite if you prefer sweet onion or red onion instead.
- Celery – Use two celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Yukon Golden Potatoes – I always use Yukon golden potatoes with skin in this recipe because the potatoes stand on their own and do not break down into mash in the slow cooker. Red potatoes are also a great choice. Don’t use Russet or Idaho potatoes that can lose their shape by absorbing too much moisture.
- broth – Meat broth gives a great tasty base to this recipe. I use Pacific Foods Beef Broth. Just read labels to make sure you buy a meat broth labeled gluten-free.
- Worcestershire sauce – this contributes to the great taste here. Be sure to read labels to make sure you’re getting a sauce labeled gluten-free. I use Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire sauce.
Vegetables like peas will easily break down for an entire day by cooking in a slow cooker, so you’ll add them at the end. I like to have frozen peas on hand in the freezer and hand out what I need for my stew. Simply stir in the stew before serving and they should reach the temperature in just a few minutes.
You don’t have to peel the potatoes. Just give them a good rinse and scrub to remove and dirty the skins before dicing them. Be sure to cut your potatoes small enough to cook and tender.
Fresh herbs brighten up any meat stew with tons of color and freshness. I like to stir some fresh thyme just before serving and cover with a sprig of thyme. It really amplifies the flavor of the stew and makes it a beautiful presentation.
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thicken meat stew:
About half an hour before serving, you will thicken this meat stew using cornstarch. The trick is to make a suspension by combining cornstarch with a liquid and whisking to remove any lumps. If you only add the cornstarch directly to the slow cooker, it will clump together and you will get nasty pieces of cornstarch in your stew.
You can combine cornstarch with water in a bowl and beat together. However, I prefer to remove 1/2 cup of the broth from my slow cooker and add it with the cornstarch. It simply imparts more flavor to the stew than water.
If you can’t use cornstarch,
arrowroot starch, or tapioca starch are other great options for thickening your
If you’re looking for a new slow cooker, I have one to recommend! The slow cooker I’ve had for years was recently discontinued, so I tried some new ones so I could recommend one. My new slow cooker is a Cook & Carry 6-quart Crock-Pot programmable slow cooker that I bought on Amazon here.
What other gluten-free recipes do I think you should make in your slow cooker? I definitely recommend you make my gluten-free French Dip recipe as it is a monthly staple in my house. When it’s cold, you’ll always find me pulling out my slow cooker to make this gluten-free slow cooker chicken noodle soup.
This clay pot pork burrito and pineapple bowl is on my list of things to do soon! Looking for a meatless option? Try this slow-cooked vegetable minestrone soup.
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