Hearty Beef Stew

Serves 6


  • 1.5-2 pounds lean chuck beef, sliced into cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, washed and sliced into cubes
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • optional: chopped parsley


  1. Coat the beef with flour in a medium sized bowl or Ziplock bag. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches (making sure not to overcrowd the pan) sear the floured beef on all sides, transferring done pieces to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Using the same skillet, deglaze the pan with red wine. Allow the wine to cook off for a few minutes, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add ingredients celery through beef broth to the slow cooker.
  5. Top with the deglazed wine and bay leaf.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or when beef is very tender.
  7. Remove bay leaf and add frozen peas 20 minutes before serving. Option to top with chopped parsley, enjoy!

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Spicy Mexican Chicken Tacos

Servings: 10-12


  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 20oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canned chipotles in adobe sauce, minced 
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • optional: serve on tortillas, topped with chopped tomatoes, feta, cilantro, sour cream, salt and pepper.


  1. In the bowl of a slow cooker, combine crushed tomatoes, chipotle peppers, garlic, honey, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and salt.
  2. Add chicken and spoon over sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low about 6-8 hours, until chicken can be shredded easily.
  4. Shred the chicken and mix well. 
  5. Stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro. Add additional seasonings to taste.
  6. Add optional toppings.

Thanks to the original recipe found here.