Slow Cooker Beef Stew
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb beef stew meat, cut into bite-size pieces if needed
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices (2 cups)
3 medium red potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
1 medium stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
3 cups vegetable juice
3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 In 12-inch skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides.
2 Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix browned beef and remaining ingredients.
3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 9 to 10 hours.