Busy Day Beef Stew Recipe
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Busy Day Beef Stew Recipe

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Here's a classic old-fashioned beef stew that simmers for hours in the slow cooker. I call it my "lazy" stew because it's so easy to make on busy days. Perfect for hearty appetites, it's guaranteed to keep folks coming back for more!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (1 to 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 6 to 8 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, optional
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cold water


  1. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with soup mix, browning sauce if desired, salt and pepper. Pour water over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast to a cutting board; let stand for 5 minutes. Add vegetables to slow cooker. Cube beef and return to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 1-1/2 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Busy Day Beef Stew in Country Woman November/December 2001, p29

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Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"This is a flavorful, easy recipe that is great for the slow cooker. The onion soup mix really is delicious here. My husband does not like peas so I usually leave those out. It's wonderful to throw this together in the morning and return home to a fully cooked stew."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"I have to agree with the previous post. Frankly, I wonder how this recipe became a contest winner. I have many other better stew recipes. I hate to pan other people's recipes, but there it is. May using apple cider instead of so much water would help - apple and onion are a great combo of flavors."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I found this stew to be rather bland, with too much broth, even when thickened."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

"I was wondering if this has a onion flavor to this stew with adding the onion soup mix?"

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