CrockPot Beef Stew

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CrockPot Beef Stew is one of my all-time favorite slow cooker meals. It’s filling and delicious with tender chunks of beef, carrots, potatoes and peas (or green beans). When it comes to satisfying comfort food, slow cooker Beef Stew is the ultimate!

To complete the meal, all you really need to do is add in a side of easy buttermilk biscuits or corn bread muffins slathered with butter. Or, serve it with a substantial homemade bread for dipping in the gravy. Everyone will be in heaven!

Crock Pot Beef stew served in a bowl

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Stew

Ingredients for this beef stew CrockPot recipe are beef chuck or stew beef, root vegetables like potatoes, carrots and fresh and peas or beans.

The best meat to make beef stew is chuck steak! You’ll have to cut it into cubes yourself. Chuck is a tough, but full-flavored meat that comes from the shoulders and front end of the animal. It is perfect for Crock Pot Beef Stew or pot roast (a similar texture to pork shoulder which is used to make Crock Pot Pulled Pork). It retains its rich, beefy flavor and becomes succulent and fork-tender under the low and slow heat of a crock pot.

Flavorful Slow Cooker Beef Stew: What really makes a stew a stew is the savory herbs, thickened beef broth and seasonings. To give the dish even more complexity, consider making CrockPot beef stew with red wine. Substitute a cup of a hearty dry wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot for a cup of the beef broth and use it to deglaze the pan you used for browning the meat. You could add in some button mushrooms too.

Ingredients for Crock Pot Beef stew ready to be cooked in the slow cooker

How to Make Beef Stew in Crock Pot

While we love to make a classic stove top beef stew, this easy slow cooker recipe can be left cooking while you go about your day! Crock Pot beef stew comes together in just a few simple steps and the beef gets so tender.

  1. Toss the beef in the flour-garlic powder mixture to coat, and brown in olive oil in batches. Don’t crowd the pan. (You can skip this step but the browning adds great flavor to the stew).
  2. Sauté the onion in the same pan (use a of broth or red wine to help deglaze and add any brown bits to your crock pot).
  3. Add everything to the slow cooker (I use a 6qt crock pot) and cook until the beef is tender. Stir in peas before serving.

How Long to Cook Beef Stew in Crock Pot: Crock Pot beef stew is a set-it-and-forget-it kind of meal. Cook it on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-9 until the meat is tender. You can leave it on warm for an additional hour or so if needed.

To Thicken Beef Stew in the Crock Pot: I use a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water) and add it in at the end. Allow it to cook about 10 minutes after adding the slurry to get rid of any starchy flavor.

Crock Pot Beef stew being ladeled out of a slow cooker

We serve beef stew with some crusty bread or homemade dinner rolls for the perfect meal!

Leftover CrockPot Beef Stew

Leftovers will keep about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Can you Freeze Beef Stew: You’ll also be happy to know CrockPot Beef Stew freezes really well, so make plenty for those quick-fix meal nights. Leave about an inch of headspace for expansion in plastic containers, and your stew will keep for four months in the freezer.

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Review Recipe

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
CrockPot Beef Stew is one of my all-time favorite one-pot meals. It’s filling, delicious, the family always loves it, and it’s incredibly easy to prepare in advance. 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef chuck or stewing beef
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable juice such as V8
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon thyme or 2 sprigs fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 sprig fresh
  • 3 cups potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup celery stalks cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

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Instructions

  • Combine flour, garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste. Toss beef in flour mixture.
  • Brown the beef and onions in olive oil small batches. Add some of the broth to the pan and scrape up any brown bits.
  • Add all ingredients except peas and cornstarch to a 6QT slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 8-9 hours or until beef is tender.
  • Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Stir into the stew a little bit at a time to thicken (you may not need all of the mixture). Add peas.
  • Cover and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 480, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 503mg, Potassium: 1622mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 7545IU, Vitamin C: 31.4mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 7.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword crockpot beef stew
Course Beef, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. This was not good. It was flavorless. The meat had no flavor even though I seasoned it before even putting it in the flour mixture. I added seasoning to the crockpot while cooking and it still didn’t have any flavor. It also took significantly more than 5 hours on high. This is just not good.1 star

  2. Best stew recipe ever. I layered the ingredients, beef, onion, potatoes, vegetables and did not stir while cooking. Meat was tender And vegetables and potatoes perfect!5 stars

  3. Great beef stew recipe, Holly! Just made it for my family and it’s a hit! Flavorful and hearty… a true comfort food. 5 stars

  4. I followed this recipe very closely as I love beef stew, but have not had much luck making it myself in the past. I did not want another failed attempt! I did not have garlic powder so I used garlic salt when browning the beef and then added a bit of minced garlic to the crock pot. I do not love peas so I added a can of drained green beans at the end instead. The rest was followed as is and overall this stew turned out tasty. It was my best attempt at this comfort food. I wish the stew had been a bit thicker, so I may adjust the cornstarch next time. I also think I’d use a tad less olive oil when browning the meat. The meat did turn out so tender, it just fell apart as it cooked in the crockpot. I was hesitant when I saw some of the reviews but am glad I tried this. My husband approved as well. We served it with fresh Italian bread and it was the perfect meal on a damp fall night!5 stars

  5. We all have different pallets. My goodness if you don’t know how to adjust for flavor then you shouldn’t be cooking. Taste as you go and adjust, adjust, adjust. Stew was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!!5 stars

  6. Totally awesome. Loved it. Had a old recipe from my mom but this has so much more favor, with the thyme, garlic and rosemary. We have to make again soon.
    Five stars from my husband and I.5 stars

  7. I absolutely love your recipes so I am so so sad that I must have screwed something up because this came out completely tasteless. I followed everything to a T but maybe I needed to add even more when browning the beef. Any tips would be oh so helpful to make this more flavorful. I want to love it but for now it is just not great :(2 stars

    1. Oh no Meghan, how disappointing! I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you. Did you use low sodium products? Did you include the V8? Perhaps next time some extra herbs/seasonings to your liking would help. You could also add a bit of red wine or Worchestershire sauce for more flavor.

  8. OMG.
    I think i’m in love and i can not figure out if it’s holly or the food.. :)
    just a compliment. bye the way. My girlfriend says a have to stop licking our computer screen.
    Thanks for all the awsome food.
    Flemming Kaastrup. (Cheese shop owner from Copenhagen Denmark)
    5 stars

  9. Made this with elk meat, added 1/2 tsp smoked paprika and everything else was the same. Family voted for this to be “on rotation”. Delicious! My dad, who is a sworn stew hater, loved it. Thank you for one more fabulous recipe!5 stars