• Slow-cooker Beef Stew from Argentina

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    Slow-cooker Beef Stew from Argentina
    Prep: 35 min Cook: 8 hours Servings: 6
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    I slightly adapted thie famous Argentine beef stew to be slightly more flavorful...and thus to my liking. The extra cumin seeds, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper don't take away from the flavor of the meat and vegetables, but they give an added kick that makes this classic family stew extraordinary. We had it at our family reunion, and everyone raved. I hope you enjoy it!


    • 4 slices bacon
    • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut in 1 inch cubes
    • 3 medium carrots, cut in 1 inch pieces
    • 3 medium onions, coarsely chopped
    • 3 medium tomatoes cut into wedges (peeling is optional)
    • 2 medium potatoes, peels and cut in eighths
    • 8 ounces winter squash or pumpkin (I used acorn squash) peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 1 medium green pepper chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme, crushed
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 Tbsp cumin seed, toasted (or 1 tsp ground cumin)
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1/3 tsp cayenne
    • 1 14oz can beef broth, or 14 oz beef stock
    • 1/2 head medium cabbage, coarsely chopped
    • Freshly ground pepper and kosher salt to taste


    1. In a large skil. let, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving drippings, and dry on paper towels. Crumble bacon and reserve until serving time. Brown beef, one half at a time, in the pan. Drain off fat.
    2. In a large slow cooker place all vegetables (execpt cabbage) and all spices (except fresh Thyme if using). Add meat. Pour broth over all.
    3. Cover and cook on low-heat for 8-10 hours, or on high heat for 4-5 hours.
    4. If using low, turn to high. Stir in the cabbage and fresh Thyme (if using). Cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
    5. Serve in bowls, sprinkling each with crumbled bacon.

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    • diane
      i think i will make this come winter looks so good
      • Nancy Miyasaki
        Nancy Miyasaki
        This was an excellent beef stew. While I didn't like it quite as much as John's Georgian Beef Stew, the plentiful variety of vegetables made it a tasty and pretty healthy for a beef stew. Worth a try this Fall/Winter for sure.
        • Stacey Maupin Torres
          Stacey Maupin Torres
          John, I really love this recipe! Thanks!


          • Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner
            Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner
            This sounds excellent and looks delicious! I just bought a new slow cooker after many years of not having one so this is a great recipe to try in it. Bacon is the perfect touch to complement the flavors!
            • Foodiewife
              I don't know what the original recipe looked like, but this one looks flavorful and very unique. I would definitely enjoy this when the autumn season hits where I live-- which usually isn't until October. Saving for the future...
              • Bad Mama Genny (Genevieve Charet)
                Bad Mama Genny (Genevieve Charet)
                Ooh, John, I've just saved this in my Slow Cooker recipe tome. I'm growing my own carrots, tomatoes, pumpkins, and cabbages, among other things, so hopefully this stew will make a harvest-laden dinner for us come fall!
                • Nancy Miyasaki
                  Nancy Miyasaki
                  This will surely be even better with home grown veggies, Genevieve. Good luck with the garden!
                • kathy gori
                  kathy gori
                  John, this looks delish, and very close to some of the Indian flavors I cook with.

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