Don’t know about you guys, but here in Tennessee, January = Cold Weather (like teens & single digits at night) = Great time for Sweet Potato Beef Stew.
There’s something about these cold nights & comfort food that makes me want to sit by a fire.
Most nights, we eat dinner at the table as a family, but this sweet potato beef stew makes me want to put on sweats, curl up on the couch, wrap myself in a blanket in front of a fire & savor every bite. Right now we’re at 5 ⁰ F, so tonight would be perfect!
This sweet potato beef stew really is simple to make, & the hardest thing to do is chopping your veggies. So, let’s start there.
I know traditional beef stew calls for white potatoes, but I like the sweetness sweet potatoes bring to the dish. Plus, they add more nutrition to the mix too. Yep, I sneak it in when I can. 😉 Yes, I’m also aware celery isn’t part of a beef stew either, but since I like a hearty stew I wanted to add it.
Next, pick your meat. This go ‘round I used venison my dad gave me from his recent hunt. I grew up with it, love it & actually prefer it over beef. Most of the time, since I don’t have access to venison, I do use beef. Plus, the stew cooks for a loooong time, so you can grab a tougher piece of meat like a chuck roast.
This is just a big frozen hunk of sliced venison, but when I use fresh beef, I cube it before adding it to the crock pot. After placing the meat in the Crockpot (I like THIS one), sprinkle it with your spices.
Throw your veggies and minced garlic on top of the meat.
Next add the dry wine & broth. I use a little wine because it deepens the flavor and adds a richness that is so amazingly wonderful you won’t believe your taste buds. To me, it takes the comfort in comfort food to a whole new level!
Of course, you can omit the wine totally or just replace it with more broth or water (a simple solution if you are following Whole 30 or strict Paleo). 😉
Make sure everything but the arrowroot powder is in the Crockpot now. Turn it on high for 5-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours, put the lid on & let it do it’s thang. Soon the wonderful aroma will fill the air & your mouth will begin watering.
About 30 min before serving, mix the arrowroot powder with about 4 Tablespoons of water to create a slurry. If you ever played with cornstarch as a kid, this is the same thing. It’ll feel like cement at first, but quickly becomes a liquid. Then slowly whisk the liquid into the stew & gently stir to distribute. If you stir too vigorously, the sweet potatoes will begin to fall apart. The arrowroot thickens up the broth slightly, so if you want a thinner broth just skip this step.
After the sweet potato beef stew sits for about 30 min, it’s time to break out your bowls & serve it up. I won’t judge if you go with a slightly bigger bowl. I might be guilty of this myself.
Sweet Potato Beef Stew
A sweet & savory beef stew to warm you up on a cold night.
- 1 lb Beef Cubed
- 3 Large Stalks Celery Roughly Chopped
- 5 Large Carrots Roughly Chopped
- 1 Large Onion Roughly Chopped
- 2-3 Large Sweet Potatoes Roughly Chopped
- 2 C Mushrooms Roughly Chopped (optional)
- 2 Large Cloves Garlic Minced
- ½ tsp Dried Thyme
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 Tbs Annie’s Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbs Tomato Paste
- ½ C Dry Red Wine Cooking Wine or Broth
- 4 C Beef Broth
- ¼ C Arrowroot
Place meat into the crockpot & sprinkle with the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme & bay leaves.
Place the chopped veggies & garlic on top of the meat.
Add wine (if using), broth, Worcestershire, & tomato paste to the Crockpot
Cook on High for 5-6 hours or Low for 6-8 hours, or until veggies are softened.
About 30 minutes before serving, mix the arrowroot with 4 Tbs cold water & mix with a small whisk or fork to create a slurry.
Gradually whisk the slurry into the stew & allow to sit until ready to serve.
Sit back on your cold evening & enjoy your warm bowl of Sweet Potato Beef Stew
*I used venison my dad gave me from a hunt , but beef works.
*Red wine really does add Tons of flavor. So, if you can add it!!!
*For Paleo or Whole 30, omit the wine or replace with more broth/water & leave out the Worcestershire sauce.
Let me know below, what is one of your comfort foods on a cold winter’s night?