Slow Cooker Beef Stew is incredibly easy to make and filling with tender beef and veggies. Comfort food at it’s best, made easily in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Potatoes is one of the most popular recipes I make during the cold days. This is the type of meal that can be enjoyed on a weeknights, while having great leftovers the next day. Also, it is delicious and good looking to serve it to guest, especially if you have some corn bread on the side. I also like to serve ours with delicious, fresh baked, crusty bread that we use for dipping into that amazing gravy!
Looking to make this stew in the Instant Pot, I have the perfect recipe for you here. Need a stove top version? No problem, I got you covered, this Easy Stovetop Beef Stew is all you need! More of a Pot Roast version? Try my Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Wine or you can make this tender Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast.
Tips to make the perfect Slow Cooker Beef Stew:
- Use grass-fed, organic stew meet if possible, grass-fed meet tends to be extra tender, which is perfect in this recipe.
- Don’t shy away from using carrots, they add a sweet taste that balances that rich and hearty meal.
- You can also add chopped celery and pearl onions.
- Brown your beef – this has double purpose, first it locks the meat from the outside together, so during cooking it doesn’t fall apart when in becomes extra tender. Second, it will add extra flavor to the meat and the overall stew.
- If possible don’t skip the Worcestershire Sauce, a little goes a long way, and it definitely makes the beef flavor shine.
- Use low sodium beef broth, you don’t want to end up with a salty stew.
- When stirring the stew, be gentle as at the end all the cooked ingredients become very tender.
What beef cut to use for Slow Cooker Beef Stew?
You can use a chuck roast or round roast. The chuck roast has more fat, so it will be more tender and juicy. If you prefer less fat, I recommend using round roast beef. The round roast will be a little drier, so you will have to the meat in the slow cooker for another hour to absorb all the juices.
How Long Do You Cook the Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker?
It depends on what setting you are cooking. A 3-4 pounds beef brisket, chuck roast or round roast, needs to be cooked on low, for about 8 -10 hours, and on high you are looking at 4-5 hours.
Can you refrigerate the Slow Cooker Beef Stew?
Yes. After cooking the meat, store it in a large airtight container in the fridge. Make sure that the beef is at least partially covered by the stew so it doesn’t dry out. Store for up to 3-4 days.
Tools/ingredients that I used to make the Slow Cooker Beef Stew:
- Crockpot – very reasonably prices and definitely a kitchen must have if you are busy.
- Dried Rosemary – a kitchen staple, especially if you are into slow cooker recipes, also can be found in the Spice department of most grocery stores, goes along with beef and other types of meat.
- Dried Thyme – I like to have dried thyme on hand for many recipes, including different rubs and marinades, it adds a nice flavor.
- Garlic Powder – no recipe in my house is made without garlic, unless we are talking about cake. Garlic powder is versatile and it will add a lot of flavor to your main dishes. Also, it’s a must have if you are cooking Slow Cooker Soups as fresh garlic will get all mush after so many hours of cooking.
- Onion Powder – great to have on hand to season main dishes and also to make meat rubs.
- Worcestershire Sauce – definitely a specialty ingredient that it’s great to have on hand for beef recipes.
- Beef Broth – I always use organic in recipes, it also adds a tone of flavor.
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 30 mins
- 2 pounds stew meat (cut into 1-inch cubes)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes (cut into halves)
- 3 large carrots (cut into ½-inch-thick rondelle)
- 1 onion (diced)
- 8 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 cups beef broth
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried chili powder
- 3 bay leaves
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
- Season beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to the skillet and cook until browned, for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Place browned beef, potatoes, carrots, diced onion and half of the minced garlic into a 6-qt or 7-qt slow cooker.
- In a large dish, combine beef broth, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce, whisk to combine and add the mixture to the slow cooker.
- Stir in dried thyme, dried rosemary, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
- Pressure Cooker option: If using an InstantPot Pressure Cooker select the Stew function and increase the time to 50 minutes.
- Once the stew is done, stir in gently the remaining minced garlic, it will add a nice punch of flavor.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour with ½ cup of stew broth until fully combined and with no lumps. Stir in flour mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until thickened.
- Garnish with parsley and serve!