The secret to great stew is a crock pot, and to keep it simple. Here is how I do it.
2-3 pounds of tri-tip.
enough carrots to fill the crock pot about 2/3 or so full.
enough potatoes to fill it the rest of the way.
A few bay leaves.
some soy sauce.
some black pepper.
some Louisiana sauce
some beef bouillon cubes, or better than that, a big spoonful of the “better than bouillon” paste that they sell at Costco.
Now it is important to not really measure anything, just go by feel and taste. If you start measuring, then every batch tastes exactly the same, and you dont want that. You also have to add 3 or 4 glasses of water till the water line is about to the top of the potatoes.
Let this cook in the crock pot for about 10 hours on low, and you have yourself some magic.
Adjust the ingredients by adding pepper and Louisiana sauce to individual portions, or adjust how much you put in on the next batch. But please never measure anything, that ruins the magic.
Healthy and delicious, and my stew is the best around, just ask anyone.