I asked for this recipe after a recent trip to South Africa with my church. This stew includes lots of fresh garden vegetables and meat. I've made it for my friends on several occasions, and they thought it was great and enjoyed the interesting combination of flavors. It's traditionally served with brown rice or pumpkin fritters.—Dennis Kuyper, Creston, Iowa
When I was young, my favorite food to order in a restaurant was beef stew. My mother and I decided to create our own and experimented with different ingredients until we came up with this recipe. Everyone liked this slow cooker version so much that now it's a tradition every time the whole family is together.—Chelsey Larsen, Sparks, Nevada
While on one of our small group quilting retreats, one of my friends made this wonderful recipe for dinner. We all loved it and have since passed it around for others to enjoy—now I'm passing it on to you.—Melissa Glancy, La Grange, Kentucky
As they say, "Invention is the mother of necessity." I created this recipe because I had a package of stew meat that needed to be used before the package date. I spotted the ginger beer in the fridge and rest is history. This stew has a delicious sweet-tangy flavor. It's nice to have a little different way to serve an inexpensive meal.—Leslie Simms, Sherman Oaks, California
"I created this chunky soup when looking for something inexpensive and easy to make," recalls Sandra Castillo of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The thick and hearty mixture is chock-full of ground beef, potatoes and baby carrots.
Since I work all day, it's great to come home knowing I have a very delicious meal simmering in the slow cooker. I like to serve generous helpings of this stew with corn bread muffins. - Mary jo Walker, Jasper, Tennessee