Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef Stew!

Here’s another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef Stew!

I put together this recipe which is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you? My husband and I love beef stew, a meal all in one dish. With COVID still around after two years we aren’t going out as much as before 2019, I like to make hearty, tasty and easy dishes in my crock pot. I do these especially on Sundays when we are watching a lot of football. The season is winding down but I think I will still do some crock pot cooking until the warmer weather comes. It can’t come fast enough. Here it is only January and I am already looking forward to the spring. Sigh!

I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we did. I made enough to have for two meals but if you have a family of four this should suffice unless they all want seconds. It is so delicious they just might!

I will try to feature some more crock pot cooking from Janice’s Kitchen Corner in between other posts. Right now I am working on a WIP – Book 2 of my fantasy series – Gateskin Chronicles and many author interviews. Because I am an eclectic writer – I like to branch out and do different posts at the same time. Watch for all these posts soon.

Here are the other recipes I have shared here: Mushroom & Goat Cheese CupsCrab CakesPork PiesBaked ChickenChili,  Shrimp Scampi, ShortcakesPot Roast, Basil Pesto ShrimpSpicy Bean SalsaStuffed Zucchini,  Cole SlawBeef and Broccoli with Wine, Zucchini BreadZucchini ItalianoGrapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated MushroomsStuffed Portobello MushroomsChicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Beef Stew cooking in crock pot


2 lbs beef stew meat

1-2 Tbs olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

2-3 cloves minced garlic

4-5 mushrooms sliced thick

2-3 potatoes in quarters or smaller (I used little potatoes – 12 and cut in halves)

2-3 carrots sliced

2 stalks celery sliced

Green beans cut in half (I used frozen green beans and added last hour.)

2-3 tsp beef bouillon paste or cubes or 1 cup liquid bouillon (I use beef paste – Better than Bouillon)

1 Tbs Gravy Master (browning sauce) There is some of this in the Better than Bouillon though.

Pepper to taste

3/4 cup of burgundy wine or other red wine

1 cup water mixed with 3 Tbs Arrowroot (for thickening) you can use corn starch or flour


1. Brown onion and garlic in olive oil in large frypan until translucent.

2. Add chopped beef to pan and sear on all sides.

3. While beef is searing, put crock pot on and add all veggies and liquids and bouillon paste.

4. Add seared meat, onion and garlic mixture to crock.

5. Don’t mix – veggies should be on the bottom so they will get the heat and cook better that way.

6. Put on for 4-6 hours depending on when you want to eat. (I put it on for 6 hrs but the 4 hrs is at a higher heat and will be faster if you want to eat sooner. That is how my crock pot works, so I found out.)

My husband was ready to eat but the veggies weren’t ready so I had to put it back to the 4hrs setting and then they cooked faster.

This should be enough for a family of four. We have enough for two meals for the two of us. Unless your family has some hearty eaters you should have enough to keep them happy. Serve with a crusty bread for dipping. The gravy it makes is delicious!

My husband wanted seconds but I held him at one. Haha! Poor guy! I gave him a dessert instead. We ate ours without bread but bread would have filled him up more. Sigh! Maybe next time he can make rolls for me.

Beef Stew (notice the glossiness of it – that is from the Arrowroot) Lovely, huh?

I hope you and your family will enjoy this recipe and come back for more on Janice’s Kitchen Corner. There are plenty more recipes for all tastes. Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. It is a pleasure to have you here. I love to hear from readers. If you enjoy one of these recipes, I would love to hear from you. Please come back again for more interesting posts about books, author interviews, recipes or anything else that may pop into my already overcrowded head.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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