I have Irish Heritage in my family tree, and there are a few recipes that are traditional for St Patrick’s Day. Many people enjoy eating Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Shepherd’s Pie, or an Irish Stew. In my little family, we usually have my homemade crock-pot beef stew, and then I’ll add a Bisquick crust on to make it more like a shepherd’s pie. I hope this gives you a new idea to incorporate into your St Patrick’s Day menu this year!

One of my all time favorite recipes, since I was a little girl, has been Homemade Beef Stew. I can eat it year round. Confession 1 in this post is: I don’t like carrots. However, my kids do. They can’t get enough. I put 2 pounds of carrots in this recipe, and I serve theirs before mine so that I have less to wade through as I put mine into a bowl. In fact, they often eat them ALL and there aren’t any left for me to bother with 🙂 I’ve included the recipe for my Homemade Stew at the very end of the post, and instructions for how I make the Bisquick Topping below. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Confession 2 is: While Nick likes my Homemade Slowcooker Chili, I only eat canned Chili (Armour, not available that I’ve found in New England /cry). When it comes to Beef Stew, I’ll only eat Homemade, and he’ll only eat canned Beef Stew. He prefers Dinty Moore, and he likes it with a Bisquick Topping. So, after my homemade is ready for me and the kids to eat, I pop open a can for him, pour it in a dish, and make the topping. You could also do this with the homemade, like a Shepherd’s Pie, for a nice St Patrick’s Day dish. Just pour some stew into your baking dish and top with the mixture below:

I mix 1/2 cup Bisquick, 1 cup Milk, and 2 eggs together.

Pour it over the Beef Stew.

Place it in a 350 degree oven and bake about 20-30 minutes until the Bisquick mix is cooked through and not doughy.

When I serve it, I scoop off the topping and put it in the bottom of a bowl. Then, ladle the beef stew on top so it can soak into the Bisquick Crust.

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Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
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Serves: 6
  • Homemade Beef Stew:
  • 3 pounds Beef Stew Meat
  • 6 large potatoes cut into cubes
  • 2 pounds of baby carrots
  • 2 slices of an onion. I take a whole onion cut in half (I usually have one in the fridge) and slice two pieces off. I leave it intact and place it in the stew. I don't like onion, so it's easy for me to remove when I'm done. Two of my kids DO like onion, so they each get one slice in their bowl.
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 1 envelope McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning
  • Water (or beef broth) - enough to cover the tops of the food
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ***You can also add 1-2 cups celery, green beans, peas, or whatever veggies your family likes. Many people include celery, I just don't like it, or the flavor of it, so I leave it out.
  1. Brown Stew Meat on the stove in a couple tablespoons oil, just until browned, then add it to the crockpot.
  2. Add in your potatoes, carrots, and onion slices
  3. Add a dash of salt and pepper, and worcestershire sauce
  4. Add 1 package McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning
  5. I add water - I use a large cup and just keep adding enough until the top of all the food is covered.
  6. I cook mine on low for 6-8 hours. I put it on in the morning, so it's ready at dinner time. For instructions on how to make a Bisquick topping, please see the full post with photos at:
  7. http://practicalfrugality.com/homemade-slow-cooker-beef-stew/
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