Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe
- 1 pound beef stew meat
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
- 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaves.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Add corn and peas. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 5 servings.
1-1/3 cups: 273 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.
Reviews for Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew
"I like this recipe a lot -- but I always add a lot more potatoes than it calls for. My family thinks that two potatoes isn't enough."
"Very good! Liked the thyme and chili powder. Used R.W. Knudsen's organtic Very Veggie ( much better tasting than V8). Also added some green beans. Freezes well."
"This is the best beef stew ever! It's the only one my daughter will eat and I make it at least twice a month in the winter. I make it with my own homemade tomato juice. Add a piece of homemade bread, and I'm in heaven!!"
"This is a very good stew recipe. I browned the beef before adding to the crock pot and used less sodium beef broth and omitted the salt due to others reviews and am also on low salt diet, this tasted great, I didn't thicken the stew, I left it soup like and it was wonderful, makes a nice amount for 2 people for leftovers and to freeze for later. Thank You!"
"Very good. My husband loved it, and I had all the ingredients on hand. I will make again."
"My family loved it-will definitely make it again!"
"This was very good. Be sure to give it time to cool down before eating!"
"This was a very tasty stew. I did leave out the celery. Will make again."
"I make a very similar recipe, except substitute about 2 or 3 TBSP, Minute Tapioca for the cornstarch and add it at the same time as everything else."
"The perfect beef stew!"
"I made this just as the recipe said and it was wonderful. Wouldn't change a thing the next time."
"Tasty and simple"
"I left out the V8 juice and opted for a second can of beef stock. My hubby hates tomatoes!"
"Pretty good, but I'd go with the Classic Beef Stew Recipe on this site instead of this one. This recipe felt more like a chunky soup than a stew. I like my stew very thick with a lot more vegetables."
"I've finally found an easy and delicious slow cooker beef stew!! I would follow the recipe again, except that I would cut the celery and carrots into thick slices and not chopped. Also, I didn't have frozen corn, so I used one cup of peas. I will try it next time with both the peas and corn, although the all-peas version was just fine."
"I will make this again and again. It's delicious! The only change I made was to add a teaspoon of sugar before I added the corn starch, corn and peas, because it needed something to pull the flavors together. I think this will be even better tomorrow. Delicious."
"This was awesome! The only thing I did different was add ground Thyme instead of dried because that's what I had. I used the spicy V8 and added a little garlic powder. It was so delicious! I will be making this again and again!! Thanks Stephanie and Taste of Home!!"
"This was very good. I also added Oregano and Garlic."
"Made this stew today as written with one change - didn't have frozen corn or peas but had leftover mixed vegetables so subbed 1 cup for the peas/corn. It was delicious! My hubby liked it, and he's not much on soups and stews. I will definitely make this again. So quick, easy and flavorful."
"yes stephanie's stew is the right one"
"VERY GOOD THE BEST STEW I KEEP FOREVER"
"I made this for my husband and he did not care for it. He doesn't like onions-I would have to leave them out if I made it again."
"I had trouble getting it to thicken, but it was yummy! Next time I will skip the cornstarch."
"As before, I doubled the ingredients (except salt, this I added after cooking, about ¼ tsp). I add 2 Tbsp Tabasco, as I find that there are few ?made dishes? that it does not go well in. I will definitely make this stew again. Next time I will add two or three cloves of fresh garlic. This is one cool weather meat that I will always keep in my cookbook. This time I served it with crusty French bread. It was delicious."
"I have made this delicious stew twice now. The only changes I made was to add 3 cloves of garlic and some parsnips and turnip. I also double the recipe so there will be leftovers for more delicious meals. Thanks for the recipe."
"Made for my family, and we all just loved it!!Will definitely make again:)"
"My husband and I loved this recipe! It was so easy to make, and definitly tasty. What I really enjoyed was that it made enough tasty leftovers for a few days!"
"This was a very good recipe. A little short on flavor. However I would make it again with a few alterations."
"Easy and tasty!! I doubled potaoes & carrots,added spicy hot V-8(3 little cans) for some heat with the broth. Have made it twice now.A favorite!"
"This is a great starter recipe. I doubled the amount of meat (I guess this makes me a carnivore). It took a little longer (about 9 hours) to cook. And the finished stew was very salty. I used low sodium V8 juice and beef broth. The next time I will eliminate the salt altogether. I also added 1 ½ Tbls of Tabasco, along with the V8 juice it gave the broth a rich tangy taste.The ratio for the water to cornstarch is not correct. Use a ½ cup of water to 2 Tbls of cornstarch in a plastic container with a well sealed lid and shake vigorously until well mixed.I will make this stew over and over. I served the stew with bread sticks but biscuits or a good crusty bread would be good as well."
"I LOVED this stew! I doubled broth and V8 and omitted corn and peas but added green beans. Also did not used cornstarch because I made dumplings. Will make this over and over it is a keeper!"
"Great recipe - made it for my grandson and his family, they took all of the leftovers home!"
"A keeper. Even better the second night over rice. Great meal on a cold winter's night. Yum!"
"This is so simple and delicious! All 5 members of my family ate it and yummed the whole time. I doubled the meat for our meat loving crew."
"Perfect starter recipe. I added 1 jalapeno finely chopped and a tablespoonof tomato paste. Very tasty without being too spicy!"
"Made this last night for us and we enjoyed it. The V8 juice I think added an extra depth of flavour to this stew. I liked that it went on in the morning and was ready at supper time with just a few minutes to thicken it just before we ate."
"I love a good crockpot recipe, and this is one of those! While I did like this recipe, it seemed very salty to me (but my husband loved it). Maybe it was my broth. I would try it with no-salt-added/low-sodium broth or just not add salt next time. Other than that, this recipe is perfect!"
"This was so easy to make and was very good! We'll make it often."
"Very tasty.The amount of cornstarch and cold water listed was incorrect. I ended up adding more water to make a thickener."
"Wonderful!! My Hubby really liked it! & hes a Very Picky eater!"
"Good, easy beef stew...I will take other's suggestions to season the meat and use more beef stock, and maybe a little more chili powder, salt and pepper, to taste, next time. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow"
"It was really good. The next day was even better. We cooked the meat first. I added some gravy I had left over from the night before. I used tomato juice instead of V-8. I didn't have a bay leave. I will get some for next time. My whole family would like this.I don't have a slow cooker so I put it in a heavy pan and cooked it in the oven on 200 for about 6 hours. Than turned the oven up to 350 and added the corn and peas and thickner for another hour and a half. It turned out perfect."
"Great flavor. Next time I think I will season my meat with a small amount of salt and pepper before adding the rest of the ingredients. Great for kids over hot egg noodles."
"Fine tasting stew! I left out the chili powder and thyme and found that the Turkish bay leaves infused a wonderful flavor. This recipe is a keeper, worthy of canning when made in larger quantities."
"Loved it. Used venison and even kids liked it!"
"Oops! Forgot the stars!"
"I browned the meat first, then mixed everything. I added more salt & pepper. Bay leaf smells so good when cooking; but I would add more beef bouillion for flavor next time. It was very good the next day!"
"Good stew. I agree it took a little longer to cook than I expected. Also, How do you mix 2 TBSP corn starch w/ 1 TBSP water?? I got cement! Is there a trick?"
"It was good, I added oregano and garlic to give it more flavor."
"This was a very good, easy recipe. I doubled it and wonderful leftovers. Perhaps because I doubled it, I thought it needed more of the chili powder, salt and pepper. I will definitely make this again!!!!"
"Wonderful stew recipe! The only thing that I did different was add extra pepper! This was great! It will be my go to stew recipe!"
"This recipe is good BUT... when it states 7.5 to 8 hours it takes all of that. I never use salt when cooking beef so I exchanged meat tenderized for the salt. I will make sure I have ample time and not expect it to cook in 4 hours on high."
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.