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Butternut Beef Stew Recipe

I tweaked this recipe I found in a magazine to suit my taste for sweet and spicy. I found that pureeing the tomatoes added a thicker consistency without using flour.—Erin Lembke, Monroe, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7 hours YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the squash, cabbage, red pepper and celery.
  • 2. In a blender, combine tomatoes and brown sugar. Cover and process until blended. Pour over vegetables. Combine the broth, adobo sauce, oregano, salt and pepper; add to slow cooker.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. If desired, thicken pan juices. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 377 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 1,047 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.