Crockpot Stew Recipe

Because I’ve mentioned it on here a few times, you’re probably already readying Stephanie’s “A Year of Crockpotting” blog.  There are some fantastic recipes there.  Thanks Stephanie for doing that!

Last week, she posted a recipe for Azorean Spiced Beef Stew.  Vince loves (as in can’t get enough!) Cincinnati Chili.  In fact, he loves it so much that for a couple of years, he thought we had to have it every time there was a football game on TV.  Don’t ask me why football and Cincinnati Chili go together but for Vince, it does. I finally said . . No more!  I can’t eat Cincinnati Chili again and I will not fix it.  No problem . . Vince fixed it. And, when he made it, he made enough to last for a whole week.  And then, the next weekend, he made it again.  Chad and I will no longer eat it and I don’t know that we’ve had Cinicinnati Chili in the almost two years we’ve lived here.

When I saw Stephanie’s Azorean Spiced Beef Stew, it reminded me of Cincinnati Chili but maybe different enough that we would all eat it.  So, I tried it.  I did a few things differently from Stephanie’s recipe.  I added more tomatoes, potatoes and carrots.  We like our stew kinda thick so at the end, I added one cup of barley.  Vince loved it!  The first thing he said was “Hey!  This tastes like Cincinnati Chili!”.  Kinda . . but not too much! 🙂

This is a really, really good soup for winter and if you look at the ingredients and they look like something your family would like, you should give this a try.


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    Christine West says

    I lived in the Azores off and on for six years. Over there it is called alcatra and is common to Terceira Island. The last time I came home I brought a traditional terra cotta alcatra pot. I think this recipe is going to go into it next.

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    I’m glad that you liked this! thank you for the link, and for your nice words. I’m happy that you and your husband were able to doctor to to your tastes/memories.