A friend texted me last night with a BIG EMERGENCY – she absolutely needed a slow cooker carne con papa recipe! I’m a little sad I’m going to give it out, because she seems to think it’s a time-consuming and super difficult recipe and now she’ll know my secret 😉 Slow cooking is such a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table in that short window of time between getting home from school/work and rushing out to soccer, dance, or music lessons!
Carne con papa, or Beef Stew with Potatoes, is a traditional Cuban dish that we usually serve with fragrant Jasmine rice or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
Slow Cooker Carne con Papa (Cuban Beef Stew)
- 2 lbs. beef for stew (it’s already cut into chunks)
- 2 large potatoes, quartered
- 1-2 cups carrots (optional – not usually in the Cuban version but kids need those veggies!)
- small can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 2 packets Sazon Goya seasoning
- 1 large chopped onion (I buy frozen, chopped, about 1 cup)
- 1 large chopped green pepper (also buy frozen!)
- 2 cloves minced garlic (again, I cheat and use the pre-done minced sometimes – two teaspoons of this)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup Spanish capers or green peas (optional)
- 1//4 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
– Adapted from “Memories of a Cuban Kitchen” for slow cooker readiness and ease of spices –
Add all the ingredients except the “finishing touches” to your slow cooker. I do it in the order above and give it a little stir – but the slow cooker is pretty fool-proof, and the flavors will all mix together no matter what. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
About an hour before cooking time is over, mix the cornstarch really well with cold water. Add that mix to the crockpot to thicken up your sauce, along with the capers or peas if you wish.
For my slow cooker rookies, do NOT open the lid! If you must see what delicious-ness is happening in there, shake the lid around to get some of the condensation off.
I need feedback from all the Cuban moms – is it authentic and tasty? I also want to hear how non-Cubans feel about this Hispanic version of beef stew!
Let me know how yours turns out!