Asada Stew (Naturally Gluten-Free)(Whoops! Not so much)

hot day

Holy H, E, double hockey sticks! It has been crazy hot, here.

I knew this would happen, too. After hearing about how the rest of the country and world were having these record breaking heat days and waves, I knew we had to be getting ours sooner or later. Especially because it was the mildest summer I have ever been through.

And, I’m from Portland, Oregon. It’s pretty mild all around up there.

We have been trekking along at about 75ish the whole summer, until the day I decide I want to make something in the crockpot and have it on high. ALL DAY LONG. What was I thinking?

OK. I guess I wasn’t. At least, not about the heat.

What I was thinking about was how I really wanted to try this tri-tip asada I had gotten from Trader Joes.

I love Trader Joes. I know they are owned by a big, non-public company. They work everything just perfectly and on-purpose to make you feel like you are in-the-know, oh-so-trend-setting, shopping-at-a-neighborhood-mom-and-pop grocery store.

And, I don’t care. I love it and them. Did you know that if you ask them at the store, they will give you a list of all their food that have no gluten ingredients used? Or you can even get it online, here?

Oh, enough of waxing poetic about a grocery store. But, I was really looking forward to trying this tri-tip asada of theirs. So, I put it, along with a bunch of other ingredients that seemed to go along with the theme. What I got was a great, easy, crockpot recipe to throw together. It is full of veggies and goodness. It does have a bit of fat from the beef, but other than that, it’s pretty good for you. And it tastes great. At least that’s what the Big Man and the Little Man said.

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So, here is my recipe for Asada Stew (Naturally Gluten-Free). If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Let me know if you did.

Asada Stew in bowl (naturally gluten-free)

Asada Stew


  • 1 Trader Joe’s Tri-Tip Asada (NOT Gluten-Free. Just found out. Will be making a different one. I’ll let you know when.)
  • 2 bell peppers cut into bite size pieces (pick what color you like best)
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Cooked rice to serve it over
  • Lime to squeeze as it’s served.


  1. Put the tri-tip, bell peppers, tomatoes, onion and broth in a crockpot.
  2. Cook on high for 6 hours.
  3. Add corn about 10 – 15 minutes before serving.
  4. Dish on top of cooked rice.
  5. Squeeze 1/4 lime on top.
  6. Enjoy!

It’s also really easy to heat up any leftovers on the stove. (The above picture was the leftovers.)

What are your favorite fall-time dishes? (This was supposed to be fall-time.) What comfort food warms you up? (It’s finally cooling off in the next two days, so I would like to know.)

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

Amending: Anne brought up that the tri-tip aside was not on TJ’s Gluten-Free list. I will check it out and get back to you. If you decide to try it before I do, make sure to read the ingredient list. I haven’t had problems in the past with their meats if there were no obvious gluten ingredients. And, I am super sensitive. (their seasoned leg of lamb and pesto chicken are not on the list, but I was fine.) Yikes! It’s NOT gluten-free. I’m making a new version to post. Sorry!

For a gluten-free version of the Carne Asada Stew, check out this post.

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10 Responses to “Asada Stew (Naturally Gluten-Free)(Whoops! Not so much)”

  1. Okay, your Big guy and Little guy are BOTH so stinking cute!!! That picture of them reading together is so so sweet. I love it!

    I, too, am a Trader Joe’s lover… And I do just happen to have their Tri-Tip Asada in my freezer right now. What a fun way to use it up! My family would actually be a big big fan of this recipe!
    Now, if we could only get these temps to go away. I am getting depressed by this heat! BOO! At this rate, we are going to be in our swimsuits for Halloween!

    I totally just bookmarked this to make mine!


    • Hi Kim,

      Thanks! I think they are cute, too. I have so many pictures of them reading together. I can’t help snapping every time I see it.

      I’m guessing if you have the tri-tip in your freezer, it’s ok. Anne gave me a little fright, but I really think it was the taffy that is cross contaminated. (check my reply to her comment).

      And, what is up with the heat? The Big Man and I were just saying that it’s going to be in the 90s in December at this rate. Maybe the Little Man can go as a streaker for Halloween. He can get away with it, right?

      Tia :P

  2. EEK! What a cutie patootie!!! I could just eat him up (you know what I mean, right?), And no, I am not referring to your hubby, although he is cute too! :-D

    Anyhoo (I did that for you), it is hotter that the you know what here too…I am so OVER IT already! These are good days to stick the crockpot on the back porch and pour a nice cold one. :0)


    • Thanks, Heidi! Yes, I know what you mean. I’m pretty sure you aren’t a cannibal. ;)

      I never thought of putting the crackpot on the back porch. What a great idea! Wish I had thought of that before I did this. It was really not pleasant in the kitchen. But, at least reheating was easy.

      Hmmm. Cold one. I think I will do that now, since eit is still 85 degrees at 8:30pm.


  3. This sounds good, and I am not much of a meat eater, but seems so simple and tasty, I think i have to stop at Trader Joes and try it!

    I don’t see it on their GF list, but I guess not everything is on there?

    • Now, you have me worried. I know I looked at the ingredients and nothing jumped out at me. And, I have never had an issue with any of their other fresh marinaded meats that didn’t have any obvious gluten ingredients. But, I have also been having a reaction the last couple of days. I figured it was due to some taffy someone had given us that had been cross-contaminated. I will have to look more closely at the ingredients.


  4. Your little guy is so adorable, Tia. Love the photo of him with your big guy, too. ;-)

    This looks like delicious stew and does indeed look easy–thanks. It’s getting closer to stew and soup time here, and I’m glad!


    • I was surprised at how easy it was. Even chopping took no time at all.

      I love stew and soup season. And, with my new double capacity crackpot this fall/winter, we are going to have a lot. :)

      Thanks about the little guy. It’s good to know that it’s not all in my head since I’m his mom. ;)