Great slow cooker recipe for a cold day. This was a little twist on beef stew that we liked a lot – I turned down the heat on it by cutting the cayenne in half, so you could easily adjust however you like. Made a lot – leftovers even better the next day. This came from Real Simple, and though it suggested serving over couscous, we actually skipped that, just ate it as a stew, and it was great that way.
- 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks
- 2 sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons
- 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- kosher salt
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
- 2 cups baby spinach (1 1/2 ounces)
In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the beef, potatoes, tomatoes (and their juices), onion, apricots, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water.
Cook, covered, until the meat is tender, on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
Add the chickpeas to the slow cooker and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach. Serve with the couscous and sprinkle with the almonds.