Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This recipe for slow cooker beef stew turned out fantastic! I was pretty excited when I got home from work, to find that my beef stew had thickened perfectly and turned out great.

The last time I made beef stew, was when I first got married 11 years ago, oh man what a disaster, it was so runny, and had no flavor. The bad recipe I tried was from a famous slow cooker cookbook, but just a bad, bad recipe. This recipe will not disappoint you, it is full of flavor, and it’s nice and thick. This stew recipe reminds me a perfect pot roast dinner, with everything chopped to the perfect size, with gravy on it!

I start by adding some seasonings to a 1/2 cup of flour, toss my stew meat with it, then brown the meat. I de-glaze the pan with a can of beef broth, and stir in a small can of tomato paste. Then I add the veggies, meat, and broth to the slow cooker, cook on low for 7  to 8 hours. And then add some frozen peas, and cook a little longer


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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: serves about 8

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


  • 2 pounds Stew Meat (or 2 pounds any lean roast cut into 1 inch or so squares)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • cooking oil (about 4 teaspoons)
  • (2) 14 ounce cans beef broth
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes quartered or diced (1 inch or so)
  • 1 pound bag baby carrots
  • 1 white onion diced large
  • 2 cups frozen peas


  1. Combine flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, and thyme in a big ziplock bag. Shake, then add the stew meat.
  2. Shake to coat the pieces evenly.
  3. Brown the meat in the cooking oil on all sides, you don't need to cook the meat through. You may need to cook the meat in batches.
  4. Dump the meat into the slow cooker.
  5. Put the pan back on the stove and de-glaze the pan with the beef broth, and tomato paste, scrape up any brown bits of meat and flour into the sauce. This will only take a minute or so.
  6. Add the sauce to the slow cooker.
  7. Add the potatoes, carrots and onions to the slow cooker.
  8. Give everything a big stir.
  9. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  10. Add peas at the end of cooking time. Put lid back on and cook for 15 more minutes or so, to thaw the peas.


Slow Cooker Size: 6 quart or larger

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