Irish stew is a favorite in our house. I’ve usually made it on the stove. Lately we’ve begun using a slow cooker crockpot instead. It helps to get a healthy home cooked dinner on the table on busy days. Now that the boys are older, we’re running around after school doing activities until after 5 some nights. Here is a favorite easy crockpot slow cooker Irish stew recipe that our family loves to eat. Use this recipe to make an easy crockpot slow cooked Irish stew dinner for your family. I like simplicity when I cook, and since we have a larger family with four kids. Affordable recipes are very important. The key to a good old fashioned Irish stew is in the simplicity of the spices.
Stews and soups are particularly challenging for the gluten and corn free home cook. If you are avoiding gluten and corn in your diet you know what I mean. I used to use bouillon cubes or gravy mixes in my soups. But bouillon cubes are not only bad for corn allergy sufferers, they are also high in sodium and full of artificial flavors like monosodium glutamate. Honestly, you don’t need to buy flavor packets to make great Irish stew. If you like simple but tasty, this slow cooker Irish stew recipe is the perfect meal for a cold rainy day.
It’s convenient to be able to cook a dinner while you’re not at home. But this isn’t the only reason to use the crock pot. I really like that the slow cooker softens the meat so well that even a toddler can chew it without any difficulty. I’ve even noticed that the flavors blend together better. This slow cooker Irish stew will go great with mashed potatoes, and your kids will love it, and it is gluten-free, corn-free, Feingold approved, and casein-free.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Irish Stew:
1 1/2 lbs of chopped lamb or beef (cubed)
2 Tbsp of either potato starch or tapioca flour or your favorite thickener
3 cups of carrots peeled and sliced
1 celery stalk
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper (more if you like it spicy)
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon parsley
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium diced parsnip (about 1 cup)
Directions for Slow Cooker Irish Stew:
Brown the Irish stew meat in a frying pan, if desired to add color. Put meat on the bottom of a 2 quart crock pot. Add enough warm water to cover the meat completely (between 2-3 cups). Then add the thickener. Stir until the Irish stew mixture is completely dissolved and there are no lumps. Add the seasoning and vegetables. Mix well. Set on high and cook a minimum of 6 hours.
If your Irish stew appears a bit runny prior to serving, just drain out 1 1/2 to 2 cups of broth and let it cool. Mix it with 3-4 tablespoons of additional thickener and bring it to a slow boil in a saucepan until it thickens. Add to stew and serve. Makes 6-8 adult-sized portions of slow-cooker Irish stew.