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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8.5 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 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.

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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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."

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

"I give-what is brown sauce please?"

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."

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."

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."

PageRD User ID: 5881442 235221
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"I thought the flavor was good but I added a slurry of cornstarch and water at the end to thicken the broth. I also cooked it on high for 2 hours and medium high for 5 hours. The meet was nice and tender and the veggies were perfectly cooked. The prep takes a little more time than stated, especially if you cut your own stew meat as opposed to buying what is available in the stores. My roommate raved about it so I would not hesitate to serve it to others."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 223171
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

"Added a few seasonings, and this stew was the best I've ever made! Didn't use flour to coat the meat cuz my hubby doesn't like it. 15 mins before serving I tasted it and it needed something, so added soy sauce, mixed herbs, bit of salt, and it was perfect! Veggies were tender but not mushy, and meat was fall-apart tender. Cooked it on low for 7 hours."

vmesenbr User ID: 3690456 215915
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"I made this for a group, and they all loved it. Had several people ask for the recipe. I did omit the thyme, but otherwise followed the recipe. I will be making this again!"

leeley User ID: 5729383 90026
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"This has been a favorite of our family for years! Great on cold days and it makes the house smell fantastic! Only thing i do different is add a little minced garlic and i use a beef base with 1 cup hot water instead of broth."

CandiL62 User ID: 6340962 205719
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"Prepped all the veggies and layered them in the crockpot and then realized I hadn't bought stew meat like I had planned! Luckily I had a London broil. I coated it with the flour and a little pepper and kosher salt. Seared it and put it on top of the veggies. I also didn't have the browning sauce (I really need to restock my kitchen!). So I used about a tablespoon of Worchestershire Sauce and a little soy sauce. About 30 minutes before the stew was done I added a little cornstarch to thicken and about a cup of frozen peas. When it was time to serve I cut the London broil and it was so tender. Served this with fresh baked rolls. My husband and I loved this! So delicious and easy!"

bucfan57 User ID: 5636080 132620
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"I made this a few weeks ago as a cold-winter-day stcik to the ribs dinner. Turned out exactly like the stew I had growing up, meaning it was excellent! I didn't change a thing in the recipe. We had unexpected company that day, and there were ZERO leftovers. An easy, delicious, and classic comfort food ."

nursimgandcooking User ID: 7502085 65621
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"Good taste. easy to make. Kids liked it. I did not used flour at all. I used vegetable broth instead of beef broth and still came out great!"

joanmnus User ID: 5302155 90199
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"I had my doubts about half way through the cooking process. I thought it smelled like the thyme was overpowering the other flavors; however, after it was done, I was wonderfully surprised. It had a very good flavor with just a hint of thyme. I made the recipe just as written and I will make it again as written. It is a good beef stew but very mild tasting. I would have liked a bit more depth of flavor."

lazygirl3459 User ID: 2886063 141899
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Great on a cool fall day."

gogirlusa User ID: 7363104 99481
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"This turned out really great! We made many modifications for health they are:

1)We used gluten free flour instead of regular
2) We used sweet potatoes instead of white
3) We used homemade bone broth instead of regular beef broth (bone broth is really healing for the gut...check out GAPS diet). I think she meant to say a quart of broth instead of a cup...but basically we just poured the broth over everything until it just about covered the contents of the pot.
4) We used pink Himalayan salt instead of regular salt (used 2 teaspoons)
5) We omitted the tomatoes and celery and instead added chopped kale, 3 leeks, frozen green peas, green beans, and 3 cloves of minced garlic.
6) Doubled the recipe, so used 3 pounds of grass fed organic chuck roast cut into cubes (so much more tasty than stew meat)
7) Used fresh herbs tied into a bundle
8) Used ghee instead of canola oil
This was amazing! We turned on the crock pot at 11pm and it was finished when we got up the next morning at 7:30am."

johnsondm User ID: 5512804 136579
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"This recipe requires a little bit of work in the beginning, but it is worth it. I added a seasoning pack of beef Stew seasoning to the meat after browning. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, I added 1 Cup of frozen corn, 1 cup of frozen peas 1 can of green beans, and 1 jar of sliced mushrooms. I also recommend cutting up fresh mushrooms and adding that in with the meat. This is a very hearty meal served with fresh baked bread and a green salad."

matilda629 User ID: 2173410 129845
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"My coworkers and I fixed this stew for a men's basketball team, they loved it and we loved it! We will all make it again!!"

beeman42 User ID: 6421144 129838
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"This was hearty, tasty, delicious!"

kcc1108 User ID: 6410537 205718
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"The "cook" time listed at the top of the recipe is incorrect; the total cook time is actually 8 1/2 - 9 1/2 hours. I also added 2 additional cups of beef broth; without it, the "stew" was not very stew-like being that it was rather dry."

Regina5003 User ID: 6538613 56437
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Very easy and pretty good, but bland. I added a bit of cayenne pepper to it and a little more salt."

jessicajoyce User ID: 3311690 205717
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Awesome perfect beef stew just enough flavor."

jkrupa08 User ID: 6454785 90196
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"This was sooo simple to make. Thank you for the excellent recipe! I have been a Taste of Home fan for 16 years. The stew was delicious; my family LOVED it!"

lizchatham User ID: 1733486 141820
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I did this one in an iron dutch oven on the stove top. Slow simmering helped add flavor throughout, and took about 3 hours. Perfect for dividing up to take with me to work and freezing the rest! A raisen applesause scone with a cup of yogurt completes my meal!"

Brenda Peak User ID: 5794809 128824
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Very easy to make and was really good Will make it more often!"

arjbl4 User ID: 4250558 60236
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"This was delicious and easy...will definetly make it again. "Everybody" loved it . I followed the recipe exactly except I din't have beef broth so I used au jus..."Delicious"!!!!!!!"

jcheorkee User ID: 5273932 132618
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"Made this as written but found that it was missing "something". Tasted a little bland. Next time I try this one I'll do what "patastl" did and add the French's stew seasoning to this. Definitely one to play with to find that "right" combination"

patastl User ID: 1150208 56436
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"This was the best stew I have ever eaten. I did add 1/2 diced green pepper and carton of fresh mushrooms before I added the beef. I also added French's stew seasoning and added that to the beef for a couple of minutes before adding the beef to the slow cooker. Made a thick stew which was a five star."

amyd1972 User ID: 5201744 129836
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"This was a very easy recipe to follow. It didn't taste bad but it was a bit bland for me. I'd look for another recipe next time I want to make beef stew."

o.blonde1 User ID: 745946 99480
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"We made this and served over biscuits for a party - huge hit in this cold, winter weater! Everyone asked for the recipe!

We added a little creole seasoning to the flour for tossing - gave it a nice li'l bite."

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 205716
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"I add some green beans and instead of using diced tomatoes I used a can of crushed tomatoes."

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