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Cowboy Beef Stew

You know it must be cold when all you want to eat are oatmeal, soups, stews, and pies. Autumn is really feeling more like Winter to me right now. Maybe because New Jersey’s version of Autumn is what we call Winter in San Antonio. You’d think I’d be used to that by now, but not so much.

The other day, my friend Amanda over at What We’re Eating and Food Porn Daily posted her recipe for Red Wine Braised Short Rib Beef Stew and ever since then, I’ve had beef stew on the brain.

Unfortunately, we’re not red wine drinkers, so I didn’t have any handy. But I *did* remember making this beef stew a while ago, and sure enough, the recipe came together in the crock pot in an absolute snap, and then tormented me the rest of the day with the delicious smells wafting through my house.

The nice thing about this stew is you probably have all the ingredients in your house right now. You can make it on the stovetop if you have an hour to an hour and a half, or you can make it in a crock pot in the morning, (or even the night before), and it’ll be ready to go when you get home from work.

I think the reason it’s called Cowboy beef stew is that it marries coffee and beef stock to make the rich, meaty broth. You can add red wine if you have it, but honestly, it was amazing with just coffee. For a thicker stew, make a roux of butter and flour, and add to the pot about 20 minutes before serving. You’ll want to stir the pot frequently for it to thicken.

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carol j sanderson

Friday 27th of March 2015

will enjoy!


Friday 20th of February 2015

Hi Amber, this recipe looks delicious and I would love to try it today. It's -33 degrees celcius here with wind chills and this looks warm and hearty. But I need to know what season all is and if the herb ratio is one tablespoon of each. Thanks for the info. Have a fantastic day!


Friday 20th of February 2015

Hi Raylene,

It's pretty chilly here in NJ too, but not quite THAT cold. Season-All is sort of an all purpose seasoning blend. It contains salt, and savory spices including celery salt, paprika, black pepper, onion, and garlic, with a hint of chili pepper. I've also seen it similarly marketed as things like "beef roast rub" - so anything you have that has somewhat similar flavor profiles will work. The dried herb ratio should equal one tablespoon total - so use your own personal tastes to choose how that tablespoon comes together. Some people love thyme, and so use 2 teaspoons of that, and 1/2 teaspoon each of oregano and sage. Other people love Bouquet Garni, and so simply use a tablespoon of that instead, as it combines a lot of the same herbs I mention. Stay warm!

June B.

Thursday 7th of July 2011

We've been looking for more recipes for our crock pot in the camper...this looks great! Please enter me in the giveaway for the cupcake carrier, too! Thanks for a super site!