We’ve all heard the popular song from Beauty and the Beast. Be Our Guest lists off a bunch of foods that sound delicious but complicated. One of those foods listed is Beef Ragout. I’m sure the dishes at Beast’s castle used a recipe that was way more complicated than I care to undertake. So I adapted a recipe that is actually quite easy to make. You won’t find it in fancy castles but it is great for the family dinner table. You might remember it from our Beauty and the Beast movie night.
This recipe feeds about 4 to 6 people. You can easily change the amount to fit your needs though.
- 2 Pounds of Hamburger Meat
- 2 Potatoes
- 1 Bell Pepper
- Baby Carrots
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
- 1 Jar of Marinara Sauce
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 Beef Bouillon Cube
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
First, brown your hamburger meat and prepare your bouillon cube. You could also just use a can of beef broth. I prefer the bouillon cubes because they are cheaper and I can keep a bunch on hand. Next, dice your bell pepper, carrots, and potatoes.
Add the browned hamburger meat to your crockpot along with all the diced vegetables. Add the canned tomatoes and marinara sauce on top. Pour beef broth either from the bouillon cube or can into the crockpot. Add seasoning and stir together.
Sit back and relax for three to four hours while your delicious meal cooks. You can tell it’s done when the vegetables are soft. So when your kids or spouse ask what you are doing sitting on the couch, you can tell them not to bother you because you’re making dinner.
Enjoy Your Meal
This is actually an incredibly simple, hearty beef ragout recipe that tastes great and is perfect for when the nights start getting a bit colder, although it’s good any time. It’s not a lot of work, and the whole family should love it. Even if you aren’t having a Beauty and the Beast movie night, this recipe will make you feel like you are dining in a fancy castle. However, if your candelabra starts singing to you, you should probably seek out professional help.