Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, but perfect for any day, is this Guinness Crock Pot Beef Stew recipe. I've snuck a little chocolate in here, too. I know it sounds strange, but you don't actually taste the chocolate; it simply adds a little richness to the stew. You will LOVE it!
2lbs.stewing beef, cut into 2" pieces
½teaspooneach: salt and pepper
1tablespooneach: oil and butter
5.5ouncecan tomato paste
1tablespoongelatin (omit if using homemade beef stock)
Place the beef into a bag and add the flour, salt, and pepper and shake the bag so that the beef chunks are all coated. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the beef, working in batches so not to crowd the pan, and sear until well browned on all sides. Transfer to your crock pot.
2 lbs. stewing beef, ⅓ cup flour, ½ teaspoon each: salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon each: oil and butter
Add the onion, celery stalks, and garlic to the pan and saute until the onion is soft and starting to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and let it caramelize for 2-3 minutes, or until is starts to darken and turn sweet smelling. Transfer to the crock pot.
1 large onion, 2 stalks celery, 4 cloves garlic, 5.5 ounce can tomato paste
Mix the gelatin into the beef stock then pour that into your crock pot along with the Worcestershire sauce, chocolate, carrots, potatoes, and Guinness. Set your crock pot to cook on low for 8-10 hours.
1 tablespoon gelatin (omit if using homemade beef stock), 2 cups beef stock, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 ounce dark chocolate, 3 medium carrots, 10 small potatoes, 1 tall can of Guinness