We all love beef stew here at our house, although the way we most often eat it is Hobo Soup style, known by Boy Scouts as Campfire Stew. This is where you use ground beef instead of beef chunks for your soup.
I love the traditional seasoning for beef stew and it can be found in packets at the grocery, but I think it's kind of a pain to have those little packets cluttering up my cupboards. They always get separated from one another and I end up with envelopes of taco seasoning here and stew seasoning there and they all fall out unexpectedly, sometimes into the slow-cooker full of chili when I lift off the lid to serve it.
So then I bought a large canister of Kroger's beef stew seasoning and it was really good, but for some reason, I can't find it around here anymore. The only kind of stew seasoning our Kroger sells is McCormack and we find that very, very bland.
I searched on the internet and found several different beef stew seasoning concoctions, so I cobbled this one together in amounts that best suit our taste. I keep in in a glass jar with a one tablespoon scoop inside.
Beef Stew Seasoning
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground red pepper or cayenne pepper
2 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon celery seed
2 tablespoons salt
2 1/4 tablespoons black pepper
2 1/4 tablespoons paprika
2 1/4 tablespoons garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl; stir to combine. Store in a small jar, tightly closed. Use 2-3 tablespoons seasoning mix per 1 pound of meat.
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