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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Stew Recipe

Come home to warm comfort food! This 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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Combine cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Stir in peas. Cover and cook on high until thickened, 30 minutes. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional 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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Marci User ID: 9234773 271818
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"My husband said it's a keeper. Instead of the corn starch I coated in flour, salt and pepper then seared in skillet until browned. It was so thick I had to add water."

Tanya User ID: 9233107 271522
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2017

"If you're looking for a good beef stew... keep looking."

Rabid_Monkey202 User ID: 5374101 270011
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2017

"Way more tomato-y than I was expecting, but still good once you get past that. My husband loved it, and the potatoes don't overcook, which shocked me."

Wieners User ID: 1845812 263438
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"Using previous review's suggestions I lessened the water and added a 6oz. can of tomato paste for thickening. I also added frozen corn because we like it in our stews. I made it one day to eat the next to mellow flavors. Very Good."

Rex User ID: 9102121 263160
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2017

"A very tasty stew but quite runny. I would recommend cutting the amount water in half. Adding the cornstarch didn't thicken the stew at all since there was so much liquid. I will definitely be making this recipe again but with less water."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 262095
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"This was excellent! I omitted the celery, and used 1/2 cup each corn starch and water. Stew thickened up nicely, and the meat was very tender."

swinny User ID: 1858482 260826
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017


debfar User ID: 4771051 260207
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"This is a really great recipe. I really don't think the sugar is needed. Next time I will omit it. Turned out really good. I will definitely make this again."

LadyMerlin User ID: 7246803 258360
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"This recipe turned out great. I couldn't find any stew meat, so I used a chuck roast and cut it up prior to cooking. I also customized the veggies to what I had, used a bit more thyme and some oregano instead of bay leaves, since I didn't have those. The cornstarch thickener didn't work for me, even though I added double what the recipe called for, but we didn't mind it being a bit thin."

knedz User ID: 5532408 257620
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"I added more vegetables, corn, green beans, bag of frozen soup vegetables. Added beef soup base, original Mrs Dash, diced tomatoes with basil, I use beef broth instead of water and little red cooking wine. Taste great!"

amsm User ID: 8302234 257039
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"This stew tastes like a hearty beef and vegetable stew! Lots of flavor with tender pieces of beef and vegetables throughout. After reading other reviews, I decided to add more cornstarch. I increased the amount to 6 tablespoons with the same amount of water and the stew thickened up just fine for me."

carolynstanek User ID: 1180811 255904
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"Great flavor. I will add a little more cornstarch the next time to thicken the broth a little more."

theangelicious1 User ID: 8717920 254187
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"This recipe was not very good. It came together okay, but there was no flavor at all. So bland. I won't be making this again."

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 247121
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2016

"Great recipe! I used beef broth in place of the hot water and bouillon granules and soy sauce instead of the browning sauce, since I didn't have that on hand. Loved how this made the house smell while it was in the slow cooker! Leftovers also freeze very well for quick meals later on. Delicious!"

suejjj User ID: 5304276 241901
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Fantastic - house smelled amazing! Light brown on meat to start and used 2 cans consomme in place of water/granules and no carrots or peas (family preference)). Did first hour on high followed by 4 on low and textures of meat and veggies was perfect! Thanks for sharing!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 237513
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"I made this on Sunday. It only took 13 minutes to throw together. I even placed the meat in frozen and did not cube it up. I also omitted the peas (my husband is not a fan), browning sauce (only because I did to have this on hand) and the cornstarch slurry (only because we forgot). My husband really liked the added touch of the Worcestershire sauce."

kaid21 User ID: 8158121 235807
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"Was good, made exactly as stated, cept a little bit more cornstarch"

kdfromm User ID: 8406252 234827
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"It was great!! I made this according to the recipe, but it seems I could have used a little more cornstarch - the gravy wasn't as thick as I had hoped. I plan to make it again for sure."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 226107
Reviewed May. 9, 2015


I didn't bother with the cornstarch and water, I was too hungry to care if it was thick. lol"

laceyest User ID: 3475325 218985
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I made the recipe almost exactly as given and it was great. It made plenty so I will have leftovers or freeze some up for later. I served it with hot cornbread and butter and it was a perfect winter feast. Due to other reviews commenting on the amount of cornstarch I did use 1/3 cup instead of the 1/4 cup. The sauce was the perfect thickness for a stew. I will definitely keep this recipe on hand and make again."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 215786
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I had some trouble with the thickening like one of the other reviewers, but the next day, perfect!! A definite keeper."

bmlink627 User ID: 6613671 215732
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014


scotland1 User ID: 1426757 119404
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"This recipe is a keeper. It was yummy in my tummy. Very delicious and so easy to make."

PenelopeWin User ID: 5924001 127372
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"This was so easy and so delicious. I put in two cans of beef consume and one cup water instead of three cups water. Also, my husband and kids all liked it too. I added mushrooms, extra carrots and celery. Extra cornstarch was needed as well. I can't wait to eat the leftovers!"

Candiv7 User ID: 7599712 195711
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I'm not a very experienced cook, but it was easy enough for me to make & it turned out delicious. It has a great "mom's home cooking" flavor. I didn't have celery, so I substituted zucchini that I put in at the same time as the peas. This is a very good recipe!"

Mamabee62 User ID: 6810271 123079
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"A wonderful recipe. I followed the recipe completely but had trouble thickening it for some reason. Just added a bit of flour in a bit of water and that did it. Great! Will make again for sure!"

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 199881
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"Yum! One of the better recipes for beef stew that I've tried in a while."

jamieberg User ID: 3466368 189388
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"everybody loved this!"

HollowB User ID: 4542355 188026
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"Excellent comfort food. Add bread and butter and enjoy."

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