There is something to be said for the joy of entering your home at the end of a long workday, with glorious aromas emerging from your kitchen, and magically:”Dinner is ready!” Perhaps it is not an act of sorcery, rather that of preparedness, but either way it feels great to be ahead at least one meal in life. In the colder months a slow cooker may become your best cooking buddy. You lovingly toss all the ingredients in the basin and let it go to work, while you get out enjoying life. When you are busy, it is an absolute lifesaver – not only can you make dinner for tonight, you can make a larger batch and freeze some portions for later.
When choosing a piece of protein-rich boneless beef chuck, know that it is often the tougher cuts of beef that work the best for slow cooking. Whereas it wouldn’t be very tasty on the grill (think tough leather), it is wonderfully tender when combined with beef stock, tomatoes, spices and coconut aminos, cooked for several hours, that is. With time and heat on your side, the collagen in the beef breaks down into beneficial gelatin, making for rich and succulent pieces of meat, along with an excellent, healing broth.
We like to serve Paleo chili over a generous dollop of sweet potato and rutabaga mash, though Hasselback potatoes with sour cream make a delightful addition to the meal as well. Or make that a Hasselback sweet potato… Either way, it is going to taste amazing.
Spicy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
Protein: 76g / %
Carbs: 11g / %
Fat: 21g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 2 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into cubes
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 cup beef stock
- 2 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
- 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
- Cooking fat
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Melt some cooking fat on a skillet over high heat, and brown the cubed beef on all sides, about 1 minute per side.
- Place the browned beef in a slow cooker.
- Top with all the remaining ingredients, and give everything a good stir.
- Cover and cook on low, 6 to 8 hours, or on high 3 to 4 hours.
- Adjust the seasoning and serve.