This Poor Man’s Beef Stew is an inexpensive meal that doubles as comfort food!
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I’m a sucker for meals that require inexpensive ingredients. My income as a blogger is unstable at best, so I have to make my grocery budget stretch like my pants at 5 months pregnant! One of my favorite go-to recipes for when money is tight is Poor Man’s Beef Stew.
This delicious grass-fed, antibiotic-free and hormone-free ground beef is part of a monthly subscription service called ButcherBox that delivers meat right to your doorstep. You can read all about my Introduction to ButcherBox, as well as a yummy recipe for Baked Spaghetti!
After the beef is browned, insert beef, peeled potatoes, baby carrots, tomato paste and beef broth into your slow cooker. Season with oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Since I work from home, I chose to let this meal cook on high for 4 hours. If you’ll be away all day, I recommend letting it cook on low for 8 hours.
Once the potatoes and carrots are almost done, dump a cup of small shell noodles into the slow cooker. The noodles should only take 5-10 minutes to cook. If liquid is running low, add more water or beef broth.
This recipe is great for kids who are determined to be picky eaters! Bella is a bit finicky when it comes to baby carrots, but she ate the rest of the contents of the stew with no problems!
- 1lb ground beef
- 2lbs red potatoes
- 1 bag of baby carrots
- 6oz can tomato paste
- 1 14.5oz can beef broth
- 1 cup small shell pasta noodles
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Brown ground beef and peel potatoes.
- Insert all ingredients, excluding pasta, into slow cooker.
- Season with oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
- Once carrots and potatoes are nearly done, dump 1 cup of small shell pasta noodles into slow cooker. This should take approximately 5-10 minutes. Add water or extra beef broth if necessary.