Do you think it is necessary to brown the beef cubes before putting them in the slow cooker? I'm thinking that this step sort of defeats the purpose of the crock pot and gives me another pot to wash. Is there really a difference?
Browned beef simmers with potatoes, carrots, onions, and thyme in this rich, heartwarming stew.
How to Make Easy Beef Stew
Beef stew may be easy to make, but having it come out flavorful is a whole other story. Lisa Lavery of the CHOW Test Kitchen shows you how to build the flavor as you cook in this episode of The Easiest Way, using our Easy Beef Stew recipe as a guide.