CrockPot Beef Stew is a favorite slow cooker meal.

This hearty slow cooker beef stew recipe cooks tender chunks of beef, carrots, and potatoes in rich brown gravy.

crockpot beef stew in a slow cooker garnished with parsley

Ingredients for Crockpot Beef Stew

Beef The best beef for beef stew is chuck steak or chuck roast. Chuck is a flavorful cut of beef from the shoulder and front end of the animal. If you don’t have chuck, stew meat works well in this recipe too.

Broth – Use regular beef broth or beef stock (not reduced sodium) for the best results. The broth or gravy in this recipe adds vegetable juice (like V8), rosemary, and thyme. Replace the vegetable juice wiht 2 tablespoons of tomato paste if desired.

Vegetables This crockpot stew recipe uses carrots, potatoes, and celery. Any variety of potatoes can be used, red potatoes or Yukon golds do not require peeling. You can add extra vegetables like turnips or mushrooms if you’d like.

Flavor Boost

While it’s optional, red wine adds great flavor to this beef stew recipe. Replace one cup of beef broth with dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and use it to deglaze the pan you used for browning the meat.

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

How to Make Crockpot Beef Stew

I love a classic beef stew recipe, but the slow cooker makes it easy to prepare ahead of time and lets it cook while I’m going about my day.

  1. Brown Beef: Toss the beef in the flour-garlic powder mixture to coat per the recipe below, and brown in batches. Don’t crowd the pan.
  2. Soften Onion: Sauté the onion in the same pan. Use a bit of broth or red wine to help deglaze and add any brown bits to the crock pot.
  3. Slow Cook: Add everything to the slow cooker (I use a 6qt crockpot) and cook until the beef is tender. Stir in peas before serving.

Ladle this beef stew into bowls and serve with crusty bread or homemade dinner rolls.

Crock Pot Beef stew being ladeled out of a slow cooker
How Long to Cook Beef Stew in a Crock Pot?

This is the best slow cooker beef stew recipe since it’s a set-it-and-forget-it meal. Cook it on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-9 until the meat is tender. If needed, you can leave it on warm for an additional hour or so.

How to Thicken Beef Stew in the Crock Pot?

I use a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water) and add it at the end. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes after adding the slurry to remove any starchy flavor.

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

Crock Pot 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 the stew will keep for 4 months in the freezer.

Slow Delicious Beef Recipes

Chunks of chuck roast are delicous when cooked low and slow until fork tender. Here are a few other favorite recipes.

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Crock Pot Beef Stew

Crock Pot Beef Stew is loaded with tender chunks of beef, veggies, and potatoes in a rich and flavorful broth!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
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Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt & ½ teaspoon of black pepper. Toss the beef in the flour mixture.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the beef and brown in batches, about 2 minutes per side. Place the beef in the bottom of a 6qt slow cooker.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and cook until tender. Add the onion to the slow cooker.
  • Add 1 cup of beef broth (or red wine per the recipe notes below) to the pan and scrape up any brown bits with a spatula.
  • Add the broth to the slow cooker along with the remaining 3 cups of broth, potatoes, carrots, celery, vegetable juice, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, and pepper.
  • Cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 8-9 hours or until beef is tender.
  • Mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Stir into the stew a little bit at a time to thicken (you may not need all of the cornstarch mixture). Stir in peas.
  • Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until thickened and heated through. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

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Notes

Browning: Brown the beef in small batches without overcrowding the pan. If the pan is too full, the beef will steam instead of browning. Browning the beef adds extra flavor to the stew.
*Broth: 1 cup of red wine can be substituted for 1 cup of beef broth. If using red wine, add it to the pan after searing the beef to deglaze. Let it simmer in the pan for about 1 minute before adding it to the slow cooker.
Peas/Beans:  If you add fresh green beans in place of peas, they will need about 45 minutes to cook. Frozen peas just need to be heated through, they can be added during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Potatoes: Any variety of potato can be used in this recipe. Red potatoes, Yukon golds, or baby potatoes do not require peeling and hold their shape better. Baking or Russet potatoes should be peeled.
Leftovers: Leftover beef stew can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  Freeze for up to 4 months – thaw overnight in the fridge, and reheat on the stove-top.  
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 360 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 1121mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5779IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Course Beef, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
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  1. I am new to cooking and I just got a crockpot and was excited to make beef stew for the first time. I can’t believe how amazing it turned out! The flavor is so amazing and the beef was nice and tender. This is definitely a staple and a recipe I’ll hold on too! Thank you so much for teaching me to make something so delicious. Looking forward to making more meals from this page!5 stars

  2. I’ve made this recipe before and it was so good. This time I would like to add mushrooms to the stew, when should I add them?

    1. Hi Edith, you can add them in at the beginning. But if you prefer your mushrooms to be less soft you could add them towards the end as they don’t take long to fully cook.

  3. I actually started another recipe that flopped and I had to start over, uggg. I found yours and thought it sounded easy enough and since I already had most of the same meat and vege’s cut up I gave it try.
    It was absolutely delicious and instructions were easy to follow. I added some Daikon to my vege mix because I already had it.
    What I enjoyed the most about your recipe is the use of V8 type juice in lieu of diced or crushed tomatoes. I’m not a fan of beef stew with a huge tomato taste and the cup of V8 was perfect. I plan on making more of your recipes, thanks for sharing this one.5 stars

  4. This is my go to easy meal!! It’s so delicious & easy to prepare in the morning so I can enjoy it for dinner I highly recommend giving it a try!5 stars

  5. This was so delicious! The meat was so soft it just melted in our mouths, the potatoes, carrots, celery and peas were on point and the flavor was absolute perfection! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!5 stars

  6. my family all love this which is awesome because they’re all unique in what foods they like.
    My husband smelt it from the end of the street when I first made it and couldn’t believe it was coming from our house. I like to empty the veggie draw into it too. saving money and food5 stars

  7. I made this Beef Stew, it turned out so good my husband and I loved it, came out great for my first time making Beef Stew.5 stars

  8. This looks great! I’m excited to try. I have V8 Spicy Hot on hand (we use it in goulash), do you think that will make much of a difference or should I go out and get some original V8?

  9. So delicious! I’ve made it several times, and use a can of dice tomatoes with the juice instead of vegetable juice!

  10. this turned out pretty well. next time I wont use celery and will add potatoes a little later, maybe by an hour as I like them a little more firm. the really surprise was that my husband liked this. he is very picky so the fact he liked this is a win.

    also would have helped if id remembered my crock pot is a 4 qt and not 6 qt lol4 stars

  11. This recipe was absolutely delicious and easy to make! I’m having a dinner party next week and my husband wants me to make it for the party instead of the chicken recipe I was going to make. Thank you for the great recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Alexia, we have only tried this recipe in a 6qt crockpot but if you reduce the ingredients it should fit into a 4.5 qt. Let us know how it turns out!

    1. Hi Veronica, we have only made this recipe as listed so I can’t say for sure. But you could replace the vegetable juice with tomato sauce or even a extra beef broth. It will change the flavor but will still be delicious.

  12. This is truly the best stew ever. I make it all the time and by boyfriend goes bonkers over it. I never cared for the one my mom used to make but this is a winner. Try it you will not be disappointed.5 stars

  13. I made exact recipe without rosemary and thyme and it was very good. Every recipe I have tried from your website has been good. Thank you!5 stars

  14. I made the yesterday…..OHHHH SOOOOO GOOOD. I mixed it up the night before, put it in the fridge, started it before I left for work, came home and it was done. Had it with some good cornbread. Will be making this all the time.5 stars