Slow-cooked Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

photo(316)It seems to me that of all home-cooked beef recipes out there, the stew is always a standout.  I’ve tasted many beef stew dishes from around the world and it’s really hard to say which one is my favorite. Well, except the one recipe that I cooked up.  I tend to like sweet dishes so I thought of making a sweet-tasting beef stew, adding sweet potato instead of the usual potato and carrots.  With the help of a tiny bit of liquid smoke, this stew incorporates the great taste and aroma of barbecue. I used a combination of apple cider and brown sugar to bring out just the right amount of sweetness I look for in a dish.


1 lb beef shoulder, sliced into 1-inch pieces

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into in-inch pieces

1/2 cup green peas

1 small white onion, sliced

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 cup apple cider

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker pot. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 10 hours.


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