Beef Stew with Chipotle Peppers
I love making this stew in the crock pot. It is ideal making it on a busy day or for Sunday supper. I have made this recipe without browning the beef on the stove top as well and it comes out delicious. But, I feel that the browning gives it a more deeper flavor. I also used chipotle peppers to flavor the stew. I love the tinge of spiciness and the robust smoked flavor it imparts."This was terrific. About midway through, all I could smell was the sweetness of the wine, so I added some garlic powder, onion powder, and adobo powdered seasoning. It probably did NOT need it...the result was wonderful, though! Something different, for sure." - talheure
Yield: 8 Ready in 5 hours
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Beef Stew with Chipotle Peppers Preparation
Cut beef in 2 inch size cubes. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large heavy pot and add 1 TBS oil. Add cut up beef in batches using about 1 TBS of oil for each batch.You want to sear the meat and get some browned bits on the bottom of the pot.The browned bits have a ton of flavor.I usually, heat my pot on medium heat . But, check the heat every so often so the meat doesn't burn. Place beef in crock pot. To the browned bits in the pan, add the diced onion and shallots. Keep the heat on low add about 2 TBS water to help release the bits. ...Scraping often until all the browned bits have been released. Add the garlic let it cook for about 30 seconds. Add the wine( a Merlot would work great) and cook for about 2-3 minutes to evaporate some of the alcohol. Pour this over the beef in the crock pot. Add the water and tomato paste mixture. Add flour and incorporate with the beef. Add the chipotle and adobo sauce .
Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hrs. Check after 4 hrs to see if the sauce is thickened up and the beef is tender. The onions should have melted into the sauce.This stew is great over pasta/rice as well as mashed potatoes.
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