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Tangy Crock-Pot Beef Stew

This cold weather really makes us want to hunker down and enjoy “comfort food,” like something from the Crock-Pot. This may be one of the best slow cooker recipes we’ve tried in a long time…perfect for a cold winter evening.

Serves 4 – 6

2 pounds lean round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cup sliced carrots (or more if you really like carrots like we do)
1 large onion, quartered twice
1 1/3 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
Hot cooked noodles

Put the meat and vegetables in a slow cooker sprayed with Pam. Mix the next eight ingredients in a bowl, and then pour over and mix with meat and vegetables. Cook on low for about 7 to 9 hours. Turn cooker to high, mix cornstarch and water, and then blend into beef mixture. Cook and stir until thickened. Serve over hot noodles. (Next time we’re going to try mashed potatoes.) Try this with a big Aussie Shiraz....