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Slow Cook Beef Stew

“I work long hours and try to find recipes for hearty meals that'll be ready when I arrive home,” writes Donna Wenger of Little Rock, Arkansas. “Everyone who tries this really enjoys the rich taste and tender meat.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine or additional beef broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  • In a large skillet, brown beef on all sides. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the carrots, potatoes, mushrooms and red pepper. Pour tomatoes over the top.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the flour, tomato paste and broth until smooth. Stir in the wine, salt, garlic, pepper and thyme; pour into slow cooker. Top with beef.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

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  • wefarm2live
    Oct 3, 2014

    We really enjoy this stew. I do omit the thyme just for personal preference but otherwise follow the recipe.

  • laxgoaliedad
    Sep 22, 2013

    I made the recipe, following the recipe exactly until I realized there were no onions! Come on....beef stew without onions!! I added the equivalent of a "medium" onion, diced, and loved the flavor. A little trick that help others....put the top round beef in the freezer for ~90 minutes before cutting it into cubes. This makes cutting the beef easier. I love the ease and flavor of this recipe. I shared the crockpot "load" with two others and they also loved the flavor. Many other beef stew slow cooker recipes do not stress the importance of putting the veggies own the bottom where they need to be (closer to the heat source) to cook thoroughly. I don't think you can improve this recipe except for adding the white or yellow onion (not Vidalia, which would add nothing to the flavor....people like Vidalias because they don't get tears when dicing them).

  • equifam1
    Jan 17, 2013

    This is a delicious stew- wanted to give it five stars, but can't decide whether on not the thyme flavor works. Made it with russet instead of red, think red would have tasted better. Added a medium vidalia onion, omitted mushrooms since I did not have any on hand. Added an entire can (14 oz) of beef broth, no wine. It still turned out wonderful, but sauce was a little thin, probably because of extra broth. It makes the house smell fabulous. It needed 7 hours to cook the vegetables through, the meat was probably done at 6 hrs. Served it over buttered egg noodles. Will surely make it many times - the family loved it.

  • 6foreverpaws
    Oct 29, 2012

    This stew has great flavor and easy to put together. I omitted the red pepper and added 1 medium onion. The hubby loved it so much that with every mouth full he said this is great...........a keeper at my house.

  • cee-jay
    Oct 13, 2012

    I haven't made this yet but have a few questions. I wish to prepare this stew for company but they don't care for mushrooms.Is there an ingredient I can substitute for the mushrooms or can I can I omit them altogether. Also how much celery and onions should I add?

  • nberger0307
    Mar 12, 2012

    Very thick and flavorful and not too salty like other stew recipes. My whole family loved it including the 9 month old! Will definitely make again. I did add celery and onions only because I had them on hand.

  • workinmomTX
    Oct 30, 2011

    I don't usually like tomato based beef stew, but this was delicious!I added onions and celery, otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I was a little worried about the beef not cooking being at the top. The recipe didn't say mix everything. I did mix it when the liquid started rising to the top and it cooked perfectly. The meat was so tender, the vegetables cooked to perfection. This is a keeper!

  • shirleyferra754
    Jan 8, 2011

    I live alone so this was a great recipe.I enjoyed it for several days and froze two portions for another time. I made it just as suggested and other than adding extra veggies I wouldn't change a thing.

  • Nefertiti83
    Sep 19, 2010

    This was a great stew! I hate chicken noodle soup so when I am sick, I crave stew and this hit the spot! I added some celery and and onion to this and it was the best comfort food!

  • drylake7
    Feb 10, 2010

    This is a wonderful stew recipe. I don't add the mushrooms because my husband doesn't like them. I was worried that the veggies would be over done but they were great. I have passed this slow cooker recipe to my friends and everyone loves it. I'm making it tomorrow for my husband's birthday's what he asked for!