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Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe

Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe

Start this warming one-pot meal before you head out for the day. By the time you get home, the well-seasoned meat will be tender and mouthwatering.—Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, West Chester, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours YIELD:5 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 273 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable

Reviews for Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2016

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016 Edited Feb. 9, 2016

"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!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Very good. My husband loved it, and I had all the ingredients on hand. I will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"My family loved it-will definitely make it again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"This was very good. Be sure to give it time to cool down before eating!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"This was a very tasty stew. I did leave out the celery. Will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"The perfect beef stew!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I made this just as the recipe said and it was wonderful. Wouldn't change a thing the next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Tasty and simple"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"I left out the V8 juice and opted for a second can of beef stock. My hubby hates tomatoes!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"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!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"This was very good. I also added Oregano and Garlic."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"yes stephanie's stew is the right one"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"VERY GOOD THE BEST STEW I KEEP FOREVER"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I had trouble getting it to thicken, but it was yummy! Next time I will skip the cornstarch."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"Made for my family, and we all just loved it!!

Will definitely make again:)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"This was a very good recipe. A little short on flavor. However I would make it again with a few alterations."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"Great recipe - made it for my grandson and his family, they took all of the leftovers home!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"A keeper. Even better the second night over rice. Great meal on a cold winter's night. Yum!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"Perfect starter recipe. I added 1 jalapeno finely chopped and a tablespoonof tomato paste. Very tasty without being too spicy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"So Good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"This was so easy to make and was very good! We'll make it often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Very tasty.The amount of cornstarch and cold water listed was incorrect. I ended up adding more water to make a thickener."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Wonderful!! My Hubby really liked it! & hes a Very Picky eater!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"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"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Loved it. Used venison and even kids liked it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Oops! Forgot the stars!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"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?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"It was good, I added oregano and garlic to give it more flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"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!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"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."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.