Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe
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Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe

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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
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable.


  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.
Originally published as Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p45

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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gyzmo8 248103
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."

shereeder 243399
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!!"

Paige-Markie 217663
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!"

redmonc1 209647
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

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

cyndypetters 171793
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

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

dschultz01 111679
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

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

Queenlalisa 111678
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

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

cherylgreen5335 170746
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."

AmericanDutchess 156233
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"The perfect beef stew!"

ReaderLouise 111677
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

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

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