If anything in the world tastes like comfort, this is it. Precious few things bring me joy the way brown gravy and tender beef does.
Serves a crowd, if your crowd is like 6 people.
- 4 lb beef stew meat (I only get this much if I’m buying at Sam’s. This recipe totally works halved, but the leftovers are delicious so why not make a ton and eat it FOREVER???)
- McCormick Brown Gravy Mix – you can get it in little envelopes, but just take the plunge. You need more than that.
- Lipton Onion Soup Mix (off brand is fine!)
- Drag out your crock pot. You use it all the time and you should really keep it in a more convenient place. Come on.
- If you’re like me and hate doing dishes, line your crock pot with one of THESE bad boys. The joy of easy clean up with worth your crock pot’s weight in gold; and that’s like 12.1 pounds. Based on current gold prices, these liners are worth $225,851.55 and I officially did more internet research than I should have to make this point. JUST DO IT.
- Dump your stew meat in.
- Mix 3 cups of water with the appropriate amount of gravy mix (it’s on the package). Dump that over the stew meat and see if it basically covers it. If not, make another cup of gravy and dump it in.
- Sprinkle in an envelope or two of onion soup mix and stir it a little.
- Leave it on LOW all day (I’m going to say at least 8 hours) or until the meat is falling apart and your house smells like heaven.
- A little bit before you’re ready to eat, boil 4 cups of water, dump in 2 cups of rice, turn your stove to low and simmer that for 20 minutes.
- To serve, spoon some rice into your bowl and some meat with LOTS of gravy on top!
This is also crazy-good over potatoes. And growing up, my dad would eat it on toast as an open-faced sandwich, so you can do that too if you’re into that sort of thing.