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This Vegetable Beef & Barley Stew is made right in your crockpot and is full of flavor. It's super hearty for a chilly night!
Vegetable Beef & Barley Stew
This stew is the perfect comfort food on a cold fall or winter evening. It's packed full of flavor with a delicious, hearty broth and has a variety of nutrition (I love being able to sneak in some veggies for my kids!) with the vegetables and a fun kick with the barley.
This vegetable stew requires just a little bit of prep in the morning so that you've got a delicious, complete meal by dinnertime. Here's how to make this yummy slow cooker dish.
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Ingredients needed for Beef and Barley Vegetable Stew
- Stew meat
- Olive oil
- Bay Leaves
- Beef stock
- Tomato Paste
- Whole grain Barley
How to make Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef & Barley Stew
Start by heating 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about half of your beef (about one pound) to the skillet and cook. Turn the beef over once, cook until browned – just take care not to over-cook. Add the beef to the slow cooker and repeat this process with the second half of your stew meat.
Next, you'll prepare your veggies. Slice your carrots (you'll need 4 cup), and chop one large yellow onion and one stalk of celery.
Add all your ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (Note: you can follow the time conversion in our slow cooker secrets and cook on high instead if you're short on time BUT I really recommend doing this stew low and slow if you're able.)
Vegetable Beef & Barley Stew
- 2 lbs stew meat
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 4 cup carrots, sliced
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 large thyme sprigs or 1/2 tsp dry thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 32 oz carton low-sodium beef stock
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup pearled or hulled, whole grain barley (not quick cooking)
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add half of beef; cook until well browned, about 6 minutes turning once. Add beef to slow cooker. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and beef.
- Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker.
- Cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours.
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