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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Stew

Come home to warm comfort food! This vegetable beef stew is based on my mom’s wonderful recipe, but I adjusted it for the slow cooker. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan to each bowl for a nice finishing touch. —Marcella West, Washburn, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon browning sauce, optional
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed


  • Place the beef, potatoes, water, carrots, soup, onion, celery, Worcestershire sauce, browning sauce if desired, bouillon granules, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high until thickened, 30 minutes. Stir in peas; heat through.

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  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups (calculated without browning sauce): 287 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.


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    • cyndypetters
      Jun 26, 2020

      This was easy to make an delicious.

    • resalee
      Jun 18, 2020

      Very Good! I didn't use the browning sauce because I didn't have any. My roast was a little over 2 pounds but I used it all anyway, I couldn't find a smaller one. I had shredded carrots that I wanted to use up so I replace them with baby carrots. I prepared it in the crock pot the night before and turned it on before I left in the morning. An easy and delicious dinner!

      Feb 6, 2020

      This is my family's favorite beef stew recipe. It is easy to make, and delicious!

    • meaganteal
      Dec 24, 2019

      This stew is delicious!! I do recommend seasoning the beef and searing it hot oil on the stove. I also season the potato before putting in the stew. I used garlic, montreal seasoning, parsley, and a little paprika.

    • coolazkids
      Nov 26, 2018

      This tastes great. I didn't have any beef bouillon granules so I used Caldo de Res (Knorr product) and eliminated the salt. My guests gobbled it up!

    • oreo95
      Oct 24, 2018

      Made this yesterday! Tasted as good as it smelled. I did coat meat with flour

    • Aaron
      May 31, 2018

      Mixed in extra plain flour and let thicken for 10 more minutes as the cornflour mix didn't really make it much thicker, but definitely cooking again, everyone loved it

    • abreendre
      Feb 23, 2018

      perfect taste. Wish it was a little thicker. May increase the corn starch next time.

    • boisegrams
      Jan 17, 2018

      I made the recipe as written except I did not thicken it because I wanted it to be more soup like than stew like. It was very good, and my man friend gave me some serious compliments. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I will try thickening for a different dinner. I am sure it will be good that way, too. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Shawna
      Oct 17, 2017

      This was really good. I did not have granules, so I dissolved 2 beef cubes in 2 cups very hot water (eliminating ONE cup of water). I purchased already cut beef (it was in small strips, it was actually cheaper than buying it whole - saved me some work). Also did not use the browning sauce (not sure what this was). Probably added more carrots and celery than it asked for (just threw it in, did not measure). Cooked on low for 1.5 hour, cooked on high for 3 hours, then placed on keep warm setting for 1.5 hours (thickened up wonderfully on its own by just sitting there), added the cornstarch mixed with cold water and peas (continued on warm setting for 30 minutes) until hubby got home (still so hot had to put in bowls and allow to sit before we could eat). Great flavor, items were not too mushy , everything held its shape. Its a keeper, WILL MAKE AGAIN.