Total Recipe Time: High Setting: 4 to 6 hours; Low Setting: 8 to 9 hours

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1 to 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup regular or golden raisins
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
  • Salt
  • Hot cooked couscous
  • Chopped toasted almonds (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Method

  1. Combine flour, cumin, cinnamon, salt and red pepper in 3-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker. Add beef, sweet potatoes and raisins; toss to coat evenly. Pour tomatoes on top. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 9 hours or on HIGH 4 to 6 hours or until beef and potatoes are fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.) Season with salt, as desired.
  2. Serve over couscous. Garnish with almonds and parsley, if desired.

Cook’s Tip: For smaller slow cookers, it may be easier to combine ingredients in a separate bowl before adding to slow cooker.

Cook’s Tip: Recipe can be prepared on the stovetop. Omit flour. Decrease cumin to 1 teaspoon, cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon, salt to 1/2 teaspoon and red pepper to 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon. Combine seasonings. Lightly coat beef with seasoning mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/2 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining beef, adding vegetable oil as needed. Pour off drippings. Return beef to stockpot; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-1/2 hours. Add sweet potatoes and raisins. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and continue simmering, covered, 30 to 45 minutes or until beef and potatoes are fork-tender. Season with salt, as desired.

Nutrition information per serving: 300 calories; 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 811 mg sodium; 32 g carbohydrate; 3.8 g fiber; 26 g protein; 3.6 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.0 mcg vitamin B12; 4.6 mg iron; 17.8 mcg selenium; 5.4 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, vitaminB6, vitaminB12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber and niacin.

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