So I have made one beef stew before in the crock (see sidebar under beef for recipe) with wine and it was delish but I wanted to try something new. This was also equally fantastic and easy.
About 20 carrots
1 beef stew seasoning packet
2 potatoes cubed not peeled
1 2-3 lb beef roast...I used English cut. cut into chunks.
1 cup beef broth*take note of below
1 large jar of stewed tomatoes. (I canned these myself from the garden and added celery and green pepper) add with juice. You can find large cans of Italian stewed tomatoes if you do not make your own. Just add some celery and peppers (a few stalks and maybe one small green pepper chopped) If your tomatoes do not have a lot of liquid use more beef broth.
I put all of the above in the crock the night before and put it in the fridge. I turned it on low when I left for work and let it cook for 8 hours. Add flour for thickening if needed.