I personally think this is the best beef stew ever, you've got to try it
Work great on the stove top or crockpot!
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Toss with 1 pound stew meat, diced till all meat is floured
Heat 3 TB oil in pot on stove
Add floured meat and cook slightly, maybe 3-4 minutes
2 onions, chopped
2 cups beef broth
1 cup water
2 cups, or 16 ounce can whole or diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
3/4 tsp thyme
2 whole cloves
Heat to boiling
4 cups carrots, sliced into coins
4 cups potatoes, diced
** Put everything in crockpot at this point and let cook about 4 hours on high or 6-8 on low
continue cooking on stovetop on low simmer till potatoes and carrots are desired tenderness - maybe 2 hours?
A few minutes before serving from either stove or crockpot - you can add 1 - 1/2 cups of frozen peas or lima beans. Either will cook in just a couple minutes.
BEFORE SERVING - REMOVE CLOVES AND BAY LEAF from soup!
Stores great for lunches and leftovers too!