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
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. If desired, thicken pan juices. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Butternut Beef Stew in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2008, p38