Family Favorite Crockpot Beef Stew

1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1 lb. small (2 1/2 to 3-inch) red potatoes, quartered
1 (1-lb.) pkg. fresh baby carrots
1 (12-oz.) jar beef gravy
2 cups Progresso diced tomatoes, undrained (from 28-oz can)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold water

Sprinkle beef with 2 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Heat oil in large over medium-high heat until hot. Add coated beef; cook and stir 4 to 6 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.

In 4 to 6-quart slow cooker, layer potatoes, onions and carrots. Add browned beef; sprinkle with any remaining flour mixture. Top with gravy and tomatoes.

Cover; cook on LOW setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Before serving, blend 3 tablespoons flour with water. Stir into stew. Cook on HIGH, covered, 10 minutes or until thickened.



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