Packed with nutritious and budget-friendly ingredients, a bowl of this Beef, Bean and Bacon Stew delivers a big dose of protein from the beef and beans, along with plenty of filling fiber (something most of us are lacking). Let it cook all day, then dig in and give a happy, contented sigh.
This stew is hearty riff on a soup that appears in our book, Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking. I cut down the broth, added celery and switched up the seasonings a little—including adding some smoked paprika, one of my all-time favorite spices. Browning meat prior to slow cooking is not always necessary of course, but in this case I like the enhanced flavor and color it provides. Feel free to swap the beans for others, and as for the bacon, if you’d rather leave it out, go ahead—stews are flexible!