This fragrant spiced meatball stew is perfect for your cold-weather slow cooker comfort food cravings.
The winter calls for warm comfort food! This recipe was inspired by a batch of homemade turkey meatballs. Rather than the routine plate of spaghetti and meatballs or meatball sub – I wanted something different. In true slow cooker season fashion this Spiced Meatball Stew Recipe was came into existence.
As I usually suggest, feel free to modify the recipe to your tastes. After all a stew is a great meal to toss in all kinds of veggies, spices, and anything else you may need to use up. In other words, don’t be afraid to experiment!
Slow Cooker Spiced Meatball Stew
- Begin by making a roux for the base of your stew. Heat up coconut oil on medium high heat in a skillet. Reduce heat to medium, add flour, and stir constantly until the roux darkens to a caramel color.
- Add garlic, onions, green peppers, and celery to the roux.
- Cook until the roux returns to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and add salt, white cooking wine, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and allow to simmer for 5-6 minutes.
- Place the meatballs, grape tomatoes, carrots, butter beans, water and about half of the chicken stock to the slow cooker.
- Add salt, red pepper flakes, cayenne, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme, nutmeg, ginger, tomato paste, and roux mixture into the slow cooker.
No, that is not a doughnut on top of the ingredients. I made a huge batch of turkey stock (thank you Thanksgiving) flavor bombs and ran out of muffin pans so I opted for the doughnut pan. This is totally optional, as I mentioned before experiment!
- Pour the remaining chicken stock over the ingredients and stir well. Allow the stew to slow cook for 6-8 hours on medium/regular.
Recommendation: I highly recommend an Instant Pot if you are on the lookout for a ‘more than just a slow cooker’ appliance. It is extremely versatile and convenient. The prices vary as there are different models available.
- Stir well before serving and garnish with parsley and basil.
Serving Suggestion: This stew is great alone but feel free to serve it with mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, cassava (yucca), over rice, pasta, or even bread. I went with mashed potatoes because yum.
- If you prefer a thicker stew, create a cornstarch slurry by mixing ¼ cup water and 1 tbsp cornstarch. This can be mixed in a small cup and added towards the end of cooking. Stir well and allow it to thicken for 10 minutes. Do not add cornstarch alone as it will taste raw and not incorporate well.
- If you are able to adjust your slow cookers steam release consider the following…
- To cut down prep time, prepare the roux mixture the night before and refrigerated until ready to slow cook.
- Feel free to use packaged frozen meatballs in this recipe; just assure that they are fully cooked.
For more Slow Cooker recipes, check out Wayfair’s Slow Cooker Recipes We Love blog post!