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Busy Day Beef Stew Recipe

Busy Day Beef Stew Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

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lvarner User ID: 35803 247708
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."

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 51738
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."

teach7athome User ID: 5386464 114977
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

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

anjaleta User ID: 1679942 204596
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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