And this was a big failure. But it was the recipe's fault. Classic Beef and Noodles is the recipe. One for the slow cooker. And I honestly think it would be really good if I had followed the recipe appropriately. The amount of liquid was enough to not burn in my slow cooker (but it was finished between 5-6 hours instead of the 8-10 recommended), the sauce thickened up quite nicely (though it took mine more like 40-45 minutes rather than 30), and the meat was nice and tender.
My mistake was attempting to use coconut cream instead of sour cream. I was going for dairy-free. But I failed. This stuff was gross! Indeed it was inedible. On the positive side at least now I know what coconut cream tastes like. It is not for a meaty dish. I stole the general idea from Sarah. But she used coconut yogurt, and I couldn't find any of that.
And then I really didn't want to waste a whole pound of good tender beef. So I put it in the colander, rinsed all the sauce of it, and threw it in the black beans and rice that I had made earlier where it tastes delicious, thank you very much. :o)
Don't forget to share your failings with us, so I don't feel like the only one!