Stew recipes are some of the easiest to make. And they're perfect as the days get shorter and colder. There's nothing better than coming home to a house filled with the aroma of a beef stew simmering in your crockpot. And stews can be made quickly too! Just use a really good boxed stock and it will taste like it's been simmering for hours. Stew is perfect for the beginning cook. Just throw everything into a pot and let it cook. Yum.
This stew is a combination of several different recipes I liked. It's so delicious. I think marjoram is the best herb to use with beef. Its lemony and grassy flavor really brings out the meatiness of this stew.
This stew is a wonderful combination of textures and flavors. Barley is so delicious: tender and nutty, it's good for you too. Combine that with chicken, corn, and lots of garlic in a rich and savory stew and you have a winner!
My homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix, together with rich beef and lots of peppers and onions, makes this stew special. It really does taste like a fajita in stew form! Serve it with guacamole and some shredded Pepper Jack cheese for a special finish.
If you really want to make something special from scratch, try the original version of this recipe. But that takes hours! Believe me, when I streamlined this recipe I was very critical of the outcome. And I think the quick version is just as good as the original.
This fabulous stew also cooks in the crockpot. It has such wonderful flavor. I love the addition of pineapple in the recipe. It adds a special touch of sweetness that contrasts beautifully with the sour vinegar.
This easy, cheesy stew is perfect served with a hot pan of cornbread. Top it with sour cream and some chopped chives for the perfect fall dinner.