Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8.5 hours
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8.5 hours

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 to 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce

Directions

Layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add stew meat; seal and toss to coat evenly. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil in batches. Place over vegetables.
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, broth, mustard, salt, pepper, thyme and browning sauce. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on high for 1-1/2 hours. Reduce heat to low; cook 7-8 hours longer or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Beef Stew in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p16

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 272 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 to 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce
  1. Layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add stew meat; seal and toss to coat evenly. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil in batches. Place over vegetables.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, broth, mustard, salt, pepper, thyme and browning sauce. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on high for 1-1/2 hours. Reduce heat to low; cook 7-8 hours longer or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Beef Stew in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p16

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Christopher51 User ID: 7192136 283672
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2018

"It does need more broth. For a healthier alternative to the potatoes, try using rutabagas instead. It’s something that I discovered 40 years ago when I got my first Crock-Pot. I got tired of coming home to soggy potatoes in my stew. Rutabagas stay “tender crisp” and like potatoes, they take on the surrounding flavors of the stew ingredients. I resurrected the rutabaga exchange, 2 years ago, when my wife and I went on a low/no carb diet. She lost 80 lbs. and I lost 75 lbs.

Another thing, if you can help it, by a chuck roast and butcher it yourself. I spend more time cleaning up things like “silver skin” (sinew) from the “stew beef,” than I do butchering my own."

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ryanswife User ID: 2152282 283429
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2018

"This was pretty good. It could've used a little more broth. Next time I make this, I may add more broth."

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 282891
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2018

"Very good! My stew meat was marinated so I will add extra seasoning if I ever have plain meat. I also added an extra cup of broth because we don't like our stew super thick, and used 1 T Worchestershire sauce in place of the browning sauce. 7 hours on Low was perfect. I will make this again."

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Walden100 User ID: 8785272 278651
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2017

"Made this yesterday. Was very good. My new beef stew go to!"

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Cori User ID: 9238148 274814
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2017

"Great recipe although I needed 2 cups of broth since I used more meat. I'm not sure how much meat I used because it wasn't labeled by pound - the roast was from an elk my dad shot. I didn't use any browning sauce since I didn't have any. I cooked it on low and the meat was just a little pink after 5 hours. Delicious and healthy!"

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 259810
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Hi Psalm 127-3,

Browning Sauce is a blend of coloring and seasoning. Kitchen Bouquet is a common brand."

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 259631
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"I give-what is brown sauce please?"

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Sharon User ID: 9035078 259600
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017

"I made this yesterday as directed. It was very dry. There is no juice in the leftovers after just my husband and I had a bowl. He said it was good but I thought it needed a lot more salt, more flour, no thyme, and triple the beef broth. Next time I will omit the celery, regular salt and thyme and instead add some peas, a tablespoon of Season All salt by McCormick's, a Bay Leaf, 1/4 teaspoon of Tarragon Leaves, 1/3 teaspoon of Marjoram Leaves, and 1/3 teaspoon of Parsley Flakes. These are the spices I use in stove top beef stew from an old McCormick's book book and it is an excellent recipe. Although on the stove top I do not add peas and add 4 small onions instead of chopped. But the McCormick's recipe calls for 2 pounds of chuck cut in 1-inch cubes so I decreased the above spices accordingly."

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Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 259449
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017

"Made as is and it was fine. I did all my prep the day before when I was chopping things for a stir fry. Cut all of my veggies then and put them in a ziploc baggy. Put my potatoes in water so they didn't turn brown. Drained them before I put them in the crockpot the next day and voila, dinner. I was lazy this time and used cut up stew meat from the store. We don't like potatoes that have been frozen (cause they are mushy) so I cut my potato pieces a little larger than it suggests here. That way IF there are leftovers I can pick out the potatoes before freezing."

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glo58bes User ID: 1072747 241841
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I used one pound of baby carrots and added a little garlic. Great recipe and very easy."

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