This is a stew that I make for my family. It's easy, you can throw in what you like for stew, it has a "secret" ingredient that I will share with you and it's yummy, especially on a cold day.
In our crock pot I put in ground beef (I usually use one of the 2 lb. packages), potatoes and carrots. Like I said, you can put in whatever you like, but that is what my family likes in it. We don't get too fancy around here...LOL!
Then, I add in the "secret ingredient" that my Nana always put in her stews. Ragu sauce, added to the stew makes a nice tasty gravy for everything. I am sure that other sauces would work, but we are partial to Ragu, since my Dad worked at Ragu for almost 30 years before he retired!
You can't see the ground beef because it's on the bottom, but I give it a stir every hour or so to make sure everything get's cooked nicely. After about three hours the "gravy" really starts to appear.
And this is the finished product. Now we are just waiting for Andy to come home so we can enjoy. To go along with them I will cheat a little more and pop some Pillsbury Crescent Rolls into the oven. :0)