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Crock Pot Stifado


  • 1tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2lbs stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3large onions, peeled and diced
  • 4garlic cloves, minced
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1⁄2cups tomato sauce
  • 1teaspoon white sugar
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1cup crumbled feta cheese


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and brown beef– in batches if necessary, adding more oil if needed.
  • Transfer beef to crock pot with a slotted spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onions to skillet, cooking until soft; add garlic, cinnamon and allspice and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add vinegar, tomato sauce, sugar and bay leaf and stir well to combine.
  • Pour mixture over meat.
  • Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours, until beef is tender.
  • Add feta cheese, cover again, and cook on High for 10 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaf and serve over hot buttered pasta or mashed potatoes.


  • Panino

    Wow! I have made this twice now, and it is superb!Really didn’t have time to do the crockpot, so put it on the stove both times, and it was excellent! The combination of flavors is fantastic. The whole family loves it, and in fact, daughter requested it again!Thanks for an easy superb dish.

  • Theresa the lazy gourmand

    A fabulous recipie – I’m still drooling thinking about it, because there were no leftovers for me to eat now! I used tomato paste with enough water to make the measurement instead of tomato sauce, and it turned out great. The feta adds a great zing, and my husband, who doesn’t like feta, still loved this dish.

  • DDW

    I came home from skiing to this wonderful dish in my crockpot. We had it over noodles and I plan to make it again. The feta cheese really gives it some super flavor. This morning when preparing it, I skipped all the meat browning and cooking of the onions and just threw it all in the crockpot and let it cook all day. It turned out great!

  • yogi

    Don’t feel right rating this since I don’t eat meat and didn’t try it. My husband and son weren’t thrilled with it, though they did eat it. Would it help to say that my kids are (EXTREMELY) picky and my husband isn’t the biggest tomato sauce fan? I do have to say that when I came home from work, the house smelled delicious. One more son has yet to try it… we’ll see!

  • kchristieh

    I cooked the meat in a wok, so it was really easy to cook a lot at once. The whole family loved this, including the kids.

  • Peter Pan

    Exceptionally delicious yet so easy to make. Everyone in my family love the stew and already asked me to make it again.

  • Pat from Ohio

    This was my first dish in a brand new 5qt. crockpot. FANTASTIC. I browned the meat before placing in the crockpot and then added red skin potatoes and carrots. After 4 hours of cooking on low, I added 2 1/3 cups of water because I wanted more gravy, then cooked an additional 3 hours. The water didn’t dilute the flavors a bit. This recipe was perfect. The feta really makes this dish – unique blend of flavors.

  • TheDancingCook

    IT CANNOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS, DELICIOUS! It smelled wonderful when it was cooking, and tasted a zillion times more wonderful when eating it. The meal was almost done, but DH was leaving for his softball game, he couldn’t resist himself and helped himself into the crockpot and devoured some before I even added the feta cheese. He actually called me on his way home from the game, to tell me how good it was and to make sure there was alot leftover. He dashed into the house, went straight to the kitchen, fixed and ate his dinner in about 7 minutes, and the compliments just rolled out of his mouth the whole 7 minutes. I only used 1 1/2 onion (DH doesn’t like and when he asked what was in it 1/2 way through and I told him, he didn’t even make a face, just more compliments. I also served it over buttered Angel Hair pasta. Thanks Lennie, this one is KEEPER for sure!

  • Amber of AZ

    This was fabulous. I liked how all of the spices mixed together with the feta cheese. I did not deviate from the recipe and I am glad I didn’t. I am looking forward to the leftovers. Great recipe Lennie.

  • Do-e

    Lennie, I’m so sorry to be so long posting a review on this ‘ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC RECIPEE” Quote from one of my book club members. I had to add more tomato sauce as it just seemed too thick. I halved the onions as the ones I had were REALLY big, and increased the feta (can’t get enough of that stuff). I served it over mashed potatoes. I have since fed it to my neighbours and my parents and all agree it’s company quality and darned tasty comfort food.