This slow cooker Mexican beef stew is easy, full of flavour and great for dumping in the slow cooker in the morning before work. Who wouldn't want to come home to a warming healthy Mexican stew on cold winter's night?
Beef stew in the slow cooker is one of my favourite easy homemade meals. I have to admit though, that I am often a little unadventurous with it. It's one of those meals I just throw together and know it's going to be good with little work needed in the evening. That is always a bonus!
I love my slow cooker as it's so versatile for winter warming stews like this. It's also great for soups and I do mainly use mine for that. However, I have once made an apple cake in it and there really are so many recipes you can use it for.
Anyway, this year Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen started the Slow Cooker Challenge and I have loved looking through all the recipes that have been linked up every month. In July, Janice made a slow cooked Mexican chicken stew from The Slow Cooker Cookbook by Gina Steer. I decided a variation using beef would also be lovely and a nice change from my more traditional beef stew.
I'm sure this stew is lovely with chicken but it is absolutely gorgeous with beef. It has a lovely rich flavour which I imagine is from the chocolate, although it doesn't taste chocolaty. I will definitely be making it again so thank you for the inspiration Janice. I served it with lime and coriander rice which is my current favourite way to serve either rice or couscous as a side dish.
Can you make this Mexican Beef stew without a slow cooker?
Of course you can! If I didn't use the slow cooker for this I would start by cooking the onions gently in a saucepan with a little oil. I'd then add the garlic and chilli pepper and cook for another minute followed by the beef. I would seal the beef chunks on all sides and then add the remaining ingredients. You could then put it into the oven on about 150C for 3 hours. Alternatively you could simmer it gently but keep checking it to make sure it doesn't burn and add a little extra liquid if it is getting dry.
Mexican Beef Stew Recipe
Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew
- 450 g stewing steak
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 chilli pepper sliced
- 2 tomatoes large
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 200 ml beef stock
- 20 g dark chocolate I used 74% cocoa solids, grated
- 2 tsp cornflour
- Pinch black pepper
- Pinch salt
- Put the beef, onions, garlic, chilli and tomatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir the tomato puree into the beef stock and dissolve the chocolate in it. Then pour into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
- Dissolve the cornflour in a little water. Pour it into the stew and stir to thicken. With my slow cooker I do this by taking the pot out of the cooker and putting it on the stove top. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
Coriander Rice Recipe
Try this tasty rice side dish!
- 150 g rice
- 2-3 tbsp coriander (cilantro) chopped
- 2 spring onions thinly sliced
- 1 lime juiced
- pinch salt
- pinch black pepper
- Cook the rice according to the packet instructions.
- Stir in the coriander, spring onions and lime juice. Add a little salt and black pepper at the end to taste.
More Slow cooker recipes
I hope you liked this slow cooker recipe. If so then do check some of my other slow cooker recipes. These slow cooker barbecue ribs are probably one of my family's favourite meals ever!
If you're just looking for a tasty stew then this Bangladeshi beef stew (not a slow cooker recipe) is way more tasty than it looks!
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