Blustery fall days make us want to eat something that warms the soul, and nothing says warm and cozy like beef stew. This time, we give the slow cooker a rest and let the Dutch oven do the work. Throw a few ingredients into a pot and the kitchen will soon be toasty and smell delicious as this hearty meal bubbles away on the stove.
A good old-fashioned beef stew is delicious, but we love a more rustic take on the traditional recipe. Here’s how we like to put a little twist on it: skip the carrots and celery for fire-roasted red peppers, and instead of potatoes to “thicken” everything up, we add something completely different – cream of mushroom soup. Changing up the classic ingredients with the peppers and creamy soup really offers a deliciously new pop of flavor. C’mon…can you think of a better way to end a fall day?!? Grab a slice of crusty bread and enjoy!
Roasted Red Pepper Beef Stew
2 hours to prepare Serves 8
4 cups beef broth
2 pounds beef chuck, cut in 1-inch cubes
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 shallot, diced
1 (14 oz.) can fire roasted red bell peppers
1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Place flour in a large bowl and toss beef until coated.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and, working in batches, brown beef. Set aside.
Add diced shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened.
Add garlic, stirring frequently for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Mix in fire-roasted bell peppers, tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire, and browned beef, stirring to pick up additional flavor from the beef bits. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, stir in cream of mushroom soup and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
Ladle into serving bowls and serve with a side of crusty bread. Enjoy!