I have another stew that I have posted, but I found two recipes that looked delicious, so I combined them and viola- a new delicious crockpot recipe. The most important thing is to put the veggies that you don't want mushy on top of everything! This kept my sweet potatoes and carrots from turning into baby food.
Fresh Mushroom and Beef Crockpot Stew
2 lbs beef stew meat
1 package mushrooms, sliced in 1/2
1 sweet potato cubed
1 cup carrots chopped into inch sections
1 cup celery chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
1 cup pearl onions (place in boiling water for 3 min and then cut off ends and peel)
1 cup beef broth
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 tblsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
Place mushrooms, garlic, onions and celery on the bottom of your crockpot.
Next, add meat and on top of that place carrots and sweet potatoes.
Pour all the other ingredients and spices over everything. Put lid on crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.