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Tasty & Cheap Dinner Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

This technique transforms inexpensive meat into melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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Price for 4: $12.01


  • 1 8-oz zucchini, cut in ½" rounds
  • 1 ½ cup baby carrots
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, cut in ½" wedges
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • 1 ½ lbs beef chuck, cut in 1" pieces
  • 1 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Egg noodles


1. Combine zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, and onion in slow cooker.

2. Combine the flour, salt, oregano, and sage in a bowl; add the beef and toss thoroughly to coat. Add to the slow cooker; pour in the broth, cover, and cook on low 8 to 10 hours without removing the lid.

3. Combine 2 Tbsp of liquid from the pot with the cornstarch; stir back into the pot and turn the slow cooker to high. Cover and cook 20 minutes, until the stew is thickened. Serve over egg noodles.

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