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Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
  • Servings: 6
  • Course: Soups & Salads

Let the slow cooker do the work for you in this hearty south-of-the-border stew. And when you’re finished, simply remove the liner and put away the slow cooker. No scrubbing or soaking required!

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Kitchens tip

If you're using a 3-8 quart round or oval slow cooker, use the regular size Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner and the recipe below as-is. If you're using a 1-3 quart round or oval slow cooker, use the small size Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner and use half of each ingredient.


For Regular Size Slow Cookers

  • 1 pound beef stew meat cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • Chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, and/or crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner, Regular size

For Small Size Slow Cookers

  • Half each ingredient listed for regular size slow cookers


Step 1

LINE a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker with a Regular size Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner. Fit liner snugly against the bottom and sides of bowl; pull top of liner over rim of bowl.

Step 2

COAT the beef with flour. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is browned; set aside. Add the beans, carrots, onion, garlic and browned beef to the lined slow cooker. Gently stir in tomatoes, broth, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper with a wooden or plastic spoon.


Step 3

COVER and cook 3 to 4 hours on HIGH OR 6 to 7 hours on LOW, until the beef is fork-tender.

Step 4

CAREFULLY remove lid to allow steam to escape. Gently stir in the corn. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or until corn is heated through.


Step 5

SERVE stew directly from lined slow cooker. Top with avocado, cilantro, and/or crushed red pepper, if desired. Remove all food and cool slow cooker completely before removing liner from slow cooker. Do not lift or transport liner with food inside.


For fewer servings, use half of each ingredient and cook in a 2 ½ to 3-quart slow cooker lined with a Small size Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liner.

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