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Healthiest Beef Stew in Slow Cooker – “Guisado”

I want to introduce you to Healthiest Beef Stew in Slow Cooker, AKA the best beef stew of all times…well, ok, might not be THE best but let me convince you that it is, not only delicious hearty food for the winter, but also incredibly cheap, quick and a winner.

I always had this for lunch at least, once per week, when I was a kid and, although there are different versions even in my own family (diversity is always beautiful) I am wanting to recreate the most basic version.

Hopefully, you can appreciate the potential of this dish and realise that cooking from scratch making the most of the leftovers in your fridge (or the ‘about to go out of date’ in the shop) you can still make delicious dishes and, what’s more, healthier than any other ‘ready made’ food.

Some options to upcycle this Stew are adding:

  • Peas whether frozen or in a tin at the end of the cooking time.
  • A couple of boiled eggs finely chopped (this adds consistency and thickness and it is lovely)
  • Ground almond.
  • A shot of cooking wine.

And the options are endless really.

But this version is not only is Healthiest Beef Stew in Slow Cooker that you’ll ever find but also the cheapest and simplest and, let me tell you that: Health, Cheap and Simple are magnificent and mistreated words in this society.

The Basics

I haven’t specifically calculated how much this costs but, last time I bought one carrot (yes, I do buy single pieces at times) I think I paid £0.12 and one loose bell pepper is about £0.45, so I can tell you it is really cheap.

What would you do with these three ingredients though?

I will tell you.

Three basic ingredients

You want to go to your butchers and buy some diced beef to go with it.

♦TIP: You could also go to the supermarket and check out any ‘Reduced to Clear’ tray of meat. You’re welcome.

What You Need:

  • Potatos
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 large carrot
  • Tin of passata
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Meat of your choice (Beef in this recipe)
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper

We now get our Slow Cooker (what?? You don’t have one yet? Fix that HERE) and prepare the ingredients as follows:

The beauty of the Slow Cooker and the use I make of it is that it is totally hands-off so the next step is going to be throw everything into the pot as shown in this video.

We will set it up in low for 6h-7h and let the magic happen.

Smashed potatos

♦TIP: Near the end, open the lid (I know, we are not supposed to do that) and take out a handful of potatos.

Smashed them up with a fork and throw them back in. This will give a little bit of texture and thickness without having to add any flours.

So you will end up with it looking like this and with the aim to get it to your table looking like this (added a handful of peas that were lonely in the fridge in a Tupperware):

I am looking forward to cook different versions of it (which is a great idea so you don’t get tired of it) and post them here.