Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Here is my recipe for a family favorite that is TRIED and TRUE! You can not go wrong with this recipe and if it’s a recipe I’m recommending you know it has to be quick and easy.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 pounds beef chuck or stew meat, cut in 1″ cubes (or you can even buy stew meat already cut up)

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 1/2 cups beef broth

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic

1 bay leaf

1 tsp paprika

4 carrots sliced (I throw in a bunch of baby carrots already washed and peeled and ready to go)

2 cans of potatoes (this is the trick…whole canned potatoes don’t go soggy)

2 onions, chopped (I just throw in big chunks so I can scoop them out afterwards)

1 stalk celery, sliced

Please meat in cooker (no need to brown first). Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over meat; stir to coat meat with flour. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high 4-6 hours. Stir stew thoroughly before serving.

I usually serve this with delicious Garlic Bread made in the bread machine.  Doesn’t get any easier than that!

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49 Responses to Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  1. 1
    Anonymous says

    Yum, I’ll have to try this! I love to make beef stew on the stovetop in a soup pot, but have never tried it in the crockpot. Duh, I know, I’m not the smartest girl on the block :)

    Hope you’re having a great week!

  2. 2
    Kathleen Marie says

    This sounds wonderful. I LOVE stew! Especially with homemade bread :) Thanks!

  3. 3
    Robyn Tippins says

    Laura, you should post your blog feed so those of us who use RSS readers can subscribe easily. Thanks!

  4. 4
    Jenny says

    I love making stew and have never thought of canned potatoes…thanks for this tip!

  5. 6
    kel says

    Laura- do you think this would work replacing the 1/4c flour w/ CORN STARCH to make it gluten free? Would you guess the same amount?? It seems like you do some GF recipes and I’m still learning to tweak- THANKS! Kel

  6. 7
    Laura says

    Hey Kel, yes I definitely think it would work. Maybe do a little less though because you don’t want it to end up too thick. I often just use rice flour as well.

    Let me know how it turns out!

  7. 8
    Lisa says

    Just a quick question regarding your Slow Cooker Beef Stew…do you drain the potatoes before adding to the stew?



  8. 9
    Ashley says

    This sounds wonderful!

  9. 10
    Christi says

    This sounds great! We are buying a half side of beef soon, so I think we may have to give this a try!

  10. 11
    Robyn says

    I made this last night. It was delicious. I had never used canned potatoes, but they were excellent, they really didn’t get soggy. The only thing was the recipe could have used more liquid. Mine wasn’t really a stew, you didn’t need a bowl and couldn’t use a spoon. But wonderful eaten on a plate with a fork and knife!

  11. 12
    dawn says

    i’ve been searching for a hearty beef stew recipe (like the old dinty moore beef stew, but healthier). i’m going to give this a try! thanks!

  12. 13
    Jessica (Cheapskate Life) says

    I really like the fact that I don’t even have to buy anything for this recipe! Well, I might have to buy some more celery, but hey! Nothin beats a recipe that I don’t have to spend a lot of money on! Also, I read somewhere that if you’re out of worstershire, you can use A-1 sauce instead. I tried it with a recipe and it turned out pretty good!

  13. 14
    Annette W says

    I’ve been looking for a nontomato beef stew and look forward to this!

  14. 15
    Mandy says

    Do you think that I could do this as a freezer meal? If I put everything in one container and froze it, do you think that I could take it out, thaw it and then put it in the crock pot?

    • 15.1
      Laura says

      I’ve never tried that myself but it’s definitely worth a shot. Let me know how it turns out.

  15. 16
    Cheryl says

    In the picture you have mushrooms in your stew. Did you cook these in the slow cooker as well?

    • 16.1
      Laura says

      Yes I had some fresh mushrooms leftover from a fondue so I just threw them in as well. They cook up great in the slow cooker.

  16. 17
    Cat says

    Do you drain the cans of potatoes?

  17. 18
    Vanessa says

    Laura –

    I made this last night and it was delicious. I had already seasoned the meat before freezing it as I had intended it for another dish – but it just added more flavor. Also I didn’t have cans of potatoes, I used raw. If you peel and halve them and then soak them in water – while you are preparing the rest of the dish – I find they don’t get mushy in the crockpot.

    Thanks for a delicious recipe.

    • 18.1
      Laura says

      So glad you like it and thanks for the tip on the potatoes!


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