Dirigo Dish: Make-Ahead Beef Stew for a Crowd

Fall time calls for cozy, comfort foods like this beef stew from the American Heart Association. Make it anytime, freeze it, and when you’re ready, just thaw and drop in the slow cooker. What could be easier? Invite friends over to watch a Sunday football game and feed a whole crowd. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


Servings  12

  • 4 lbs boneless sirloin steak (all visible fat discarded, cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 4 cups baby red potatoes (halved)
  • 4 cups baby carrots
  • 2 medium onions (chopped)
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 10-oz package dried lima beans, sorted for stones and shriveled beans, rinsed, and drained
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp quick-cooking tapioca
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (crumbled)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (crumbled)
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients. Divide the stew between two 1-gallon resealable plastic freezer bags. Place the bags flat in the freezer and freeze.

Directions for Cooking

  1. Thaw the bags overnight in the refrigerator. Pour the contents of the bags into a slow cooker. Pour in 1 cup water, stirring to combine. Cook, covered, on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.
The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

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