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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew

Here is a variation of a beef stew that I came across. With sweet flavor from apricots and squash, we think it has South American or Cuban flair. The addition of corn makes it even more hearty. —Ruth Rodriguez of Fort Myers Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 6 dried apricots or peaches, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a nonstick skillet, brown beef in oil over medium heat. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the broth, tomatoes, squash, corn, apricots, carrot, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until vegetables and meat are tender.
  • Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir in parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 278 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 717mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Ilovematty
    Nov 14, 2015

    LOVE this stew. It has a very slight sweet taste. Tonight I served it over mashed potatoes. Yum. Probably have made this stew about 10 times. Delightful

  • mythyagain
    Sep 14, 2014

    I love the butternut squash and I used sliced peaches instead of the apricots.

  • tspann81
    Nov 18, 2012

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  • taylor
    Apr 29, 2012

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  • tamclark
    Jan 23, 2012

    This is absolutely the BEST beef stew I have ever eaten! Easy to make and just a wonderful flavor. I will definitely make this again and again!!!

  • ekatiakarpova
    Jan 10, 2012

    I found throw this recipe that I don`t like butternut squash, it was so soft and had little bit sour taste. We had difficult time to eat this stew.

  • love_my_life
    Oct 14, 2011

    This was absolutely delicious- not only did it taste wonderful- it was beautiful too! I will make this again and again. Perfect for Fall!!! Instead of stew meat I used London Broil cut in small pieces.

  • love_my_life
    Oct 14, 2011

    This was absolutely delicious- not only did it taste wonderful- it was beautiful too! I will make this again and again. Perfect for Fall!!! Instead of stew meat I used London Broil cut in small pieces.

  • mamateach4
    Jun 15, 2011

    I love this Beef Stew Recipe. I have served it to guests and they enjoyed it and asked for the recipe!

  • angees
    Oct 21, 2010

    I liked this alot, and am making it again. Before I added the cornstarch, it was a delicious beef soup. The squash disguises itself as potatoes- no one could tell the difference!