Halloween Stew

Happy Halloween!

Recently on Instagram, in a lot of my posts and stories I have talked about my goal to live a life each day that I love. A few months back, I found myself living for Friday. For the weekends. For that next BIG thing. Do you know what I’m talking about? Maybe so.

So I took my life into my own hands and wrote out a list of activities and tasks that I love and that fill up my cup. (I will do a whole blog post about this process another time).

One thing I have learned about myself is I really love celebrating holidays both big and small. I find enjoyment in decorating my home for the seasons and making the holidays feel special like planning meals that add a little bit of magic all year long.

I started this pumpkin stew tradition 2 years ago. It was delicious, fun and not so difficult that I decided to keep it going. Let me know if you try it out and how you make it fit special for your family.

Goulash Like Mom Made

I would say this is more of a goulash type recipe. Growing up, my Mom always made the best goulash and I am so sad that I didn’t get more of her recipes before she passed away. I did find some scribbles of recipes here and there so they aren’t all lost but I often find myself just wanted to give her a call and ask how she made something. Don’t take talking to your Mom for granted and write down all your favorite childhood recipes!

Crockpot Halloween Stew

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 Servings


  • Crockpot


  • 2 lb Beef Tips
  • 1 Yellow Onion – Chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper – Chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic – Chopped
  • 3 cups Water (1 cup for stew and 2 cups for cooking pasta)
  • 3 cans Tomato Sauce (8oz)
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz)
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Peas
  • 1/2 lb Carrots – Sliced Like Pumpkins
  • 8 oz Elbow Macaroni


Halloween Stew

  • Chop and prepare all your vegetables – See below for how to cut pumpkin carrots
  • Line your crockpot and add in vegetables, spices, cans of tomatoes and sauce, steak tips and 1 cup water
  • Set for 6-8 hours on low


  • 30 minutes before your are ready to serve your stew, boil 2 cups of water. Under cook your macaroni by 1-2 minutes, drain and add into your crockpot
  • Prep and cook side dishes. Our favorites are honey cornbread or pre-baked rolls
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Pumpkin Carrots

  • Wash and peel your carrots
  • Using a sharp knife, cut down 2 slits lengthwise down your carrot to create the stem of your pumpkin
  • Make a perpendicular cut to the edge of the stem in order to remove a triangle shaped section from each side. Take note to not cut throw your pumpkin stem
  • Slice your carrot like normal to create multiple little pumpkin carrots!

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