Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe–cinnamon, allspice and cloves–may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.

active: 40 mins
total: 4 hrs
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3-3 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Chopped fresh basil for garnish


    Step 1

    Combine salt, cinnamon, allspice, pepper and cloves in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over beef.

    Step 2

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

    Step 3

    Add onion and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine and tomatoes (with their juice); bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits and breaking up the tomatoes. Add the mixture to the slow cooker along with carrots and turnips.

    Step 4

    Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

    Step 5

    Remove the beef from the slow cooker and slice. Serve the beef with the sauce and vegetables, garnished with basil, if desired.


Active: 40 minutes Slow-cooker time: 4-8 hours


To make ahead: Refrigerate the browned beef (Steps 1-2) and tomato mixture (Step 3) separately for up to 1 day. Bring the tomato mixture to a boil before adding to the slow cooker.


Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3 oz. beef & 1 cup vegetables each Per Serving: 318 calories; protein 34.7g; carbohydrates 12.8g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 6.2g; fat 10.7g; saturated fat 3.2g; cholesterol 98.9mg; vitamin a iu 6776.9IU; vitamin c 17.4mg; folate 26.3mcg; calcium 69mg; iron 3.5mg; magnesium 36mg; potassium 697.7mg; sodium 538.4mg. Exchanges:

2 vegetable, 4 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat


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