I love my slow cooker especially for cooking beef. After a few hours of a gentle bubbling in the ceramic pot the meat is tender to the point you can cut it with the fork and so flavoursome.
Slow cooked beef stew
Stewing beef, cut into cubes
Carrots, peeled and chopped into chunky pieces
A few slices of chorizo
Thick slice of smoked pork belly, cut into cubes
1/2 can of tomatoes, chopped
1 or 2 beef stock cubes (depending on the quantity of meat you're cooking)
1 bay leaf
Paprika or chilli powder
In a pan soften the onions in a little olive oil. Add the chorizo and the smoked pork belly and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the meat and fry until browned. Add the paprika or chilli powder, the bay leaf, the carrots, the chopped tomatoes and the stock cubes. Add a little boiling water if necessary and bring to a simmer.
Transfer all ingredients into the ceramic pot and place the pot into the slow cooker base. Place the lid onto the slow cooker and cook for approx. 4-5 hours. Serve with pasta, rice or mash potato.
Note: Before using a slow cooker make sure you read the instructions that come with it regarding any do's and dont's, suitable foods for slow cooking and cooking times for the different settings.