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Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe

Stephanie’s Slow Cooker Stew Recipe

Start this warming one-pot meal before you head out for the day. By the time you get home, the well-seasoned meat will be tender and mouthwatering. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, Cincinnati, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas


  • 1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaves.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Add corn and peas. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 273 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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Rhoni347 User ID: 6294550 264198
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2017

"We served it with garlic bread and it was hearty and satisfying. However, it just wasn't anything special enough for me to want to make again."

Tracy User ID: 5661671 259300
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"I think this would be very good over a bed of rice !"

dmkinsey User ID: 5897555 255234
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"I like this recipe a lot -- but I always add a lot more potatoes than it calls for. My family thinks that two potatoes isn't enough."

gyzmo8 User ID: 5414367 248103
Reviewed May. 11, 2016

"Very good! Liked the thyme and chili powder. Used R.W. Knudsen's organtic Very Veggie ( much better tasting than V8). Also added some green beans. Freezes well."

shereeder User ID: 1853566 243399
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016 Edited Feb. 9, 2016

"This is the best beef stew ever! It's the only one my daughter will eat and I make it at least twice a month in the winter. I make it with my own homemade tomato juice. Add a piece of homemade bread, and I'm in heaven!!"

Paige-Markie User ID: 7471422 217663
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"This is a very good stew recipe. I browned the beef before adding to the crock pot and used less sodium beef broth and omitted the salt due to others reviews and am also on low salt diet, this tasted great, I didn't thicken the stew, I left it soup like and it was wonderful, makes a nice amount for 2 people for leftovers and to freeze for later. Thank You!"

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 209647
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Very good. My husband loved it, and I had all the ingredients on hand. I will make again."

cyndypetters User ID: 3725488 171793
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"My family loved it-will definitely make it again!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 111679
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"This was very good. Be sure to give it time to cool down before eating!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 111678
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"This was a very tasty stew. I did leave out the celery. Will make again."

cherylgreen5335 User ID: 7893047 170746
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"I make a very similar recipe, except substitute about 2 or 3 TBSP, Minute Tapioca for the cornstarch and add it at the same time as everything else."

AmericanDutchess User ID: 6554617 156233
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"The perfect beef stew!"

ReaderLouise User ID: 4153397 111677
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I made this just as the recipe said and it was wonderful. Wouldn't change a thing the next time."

Stefpratt User ID: 6665942 111671
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Tasty and simple"

SylCan User ID: 5687484 85374
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"I left out the V8 juice and opted for a second can of beef stock. My hubby hates tomatoes!"

bablack User ID: 7199376 157647
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"Pretty good, but I'd go with the Classic beef Stew Recipe on this site instead of this one. This recipe felt more like a chunky soup than a stew. I like my stew very thick with a lot more vegetables."

JanisH. User ID: 5856072 102836
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"I've finally found an easy and delicious slow cooker beef stew!! I would follow the recipe again, except that I would cut the celery and carrots into thick slices and not chopped. Also, I didn't have frozen corn, so I used one cup of peas. I will try it next time with both the peas and corn, although the all-peas version was just fine."

Summy User ID: 1386846 140525
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"I will make this again and again. It's delicious! The only change I made was to add a teaspoon of sugar before I added the corn starch, corn and peas, because it needed something to pull the flavors together. I think this will be even better tomorrow. Delicious."

pastaamore406 User ID: 3398134 171792
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"This was awesome! The only thing I did different was add ground Thyme instead of dried because that's what I had. I used the spicy V8 and added a little garlic powder. It was so delicious! I will be making this again and again!! Thanks Stephanie and Taste of Home!!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 102793
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"This was very good. I also added Oregano and Garlic."

msbluekatt User ID: 7053923 175878
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Made this stew today as written with one change - didn't have frozen corn or peas but had leftover mixed vegetables so subbed 1 cup for the peas/corn. It was delicious! My hubby liked it, and he's not much on soups and stews. I will definitely make this again. So quick, easy and flavorful."

jazzy09 User ID: 6030245 156230
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"yes stephanie's stew is the right one"

jazzy09 User ID: 6030245 85371
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012


JoAnn-Bill User ID: 5898428 84602
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"I made this for my husband and he did not care for it. He doesn't like onions-I would have to leave them out if I made it again."

Wendey User ID: 2023814 102792
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I had trouble getting it to thicken, but it was yummy! Next time I will skip the cornstarch."

jonjohn User ID: 5913398 84450
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"As before, I doubled the ingredients (except salt, this I added after cooking, about ¼ tsp). I add 2 Tbsp Tabasco, as I find that there are few ?made dishes? that it does not go well in. I will definitely make this stew again. Next time I will add two or three cloves of fresh garlic. This is one cool weather meat that I will always keep in my cookbook. This time I served it with crusty French bread. It was delicious."

[email protected] User ID: 410355 111669
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"I have made this delicious stew twice now. The only changes I made was to add 3 cloves of garlic and some parsnips and turnip. I also double the recipe so there will be leftovers for more delicious meals. Thanks for the recipe."

ZOG4663 User ID: 3914858 175872
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"Made for my family, and we all just loved it!!

Will definitely make again:)"

StaceyHartman User ID: 5952381 111667
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"My husband and I loved this recipe! It was so easy to make, and definitly tasty. What I really enjoyed was that it made enough tasty leftovers for a few days!"

gypsymal User ID: 1286377 157644
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"This was a very good recipe. A little short on flavor. However I would make it again with a few alterations."

dizeyb1 User ID: 2498115 175871
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"easy and tasty!! I doubled potaoes & carrots,added spicy hot V-8(3 little cans) for some heat with the broth. Have made it twice now.A favorite!"

jonjohn User ID: 5913398 102791
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"This is a great starter recipe. I doubled the amount of meat (I guess this makes me a carnivore). It took a little longer (about 9 hours) to cook. And the finished stew was very salty. I used low sodium V8 juice and beef broth. The next time I will eliminate the salt altogether. I also added 1 ½ Tbls of Tabasco, along with the V8 juice it gave the broth a rich tangy taste.

The ratio for the water to cornstarch is not correct. Use a ½ cup of water to 2 Tbls of cornstarch in a plastic container with a well sealed lid and shake vigorously until well mixed.
I will make this stew over and over. I served the stew with bread sticks but biscuits or a good crusty bread would be good as well."

gunnerswife User ID: 5869806 111666
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"I LOVED this stew! I doubled broth and V8 and omitted corn and peas but added green beans. Also did not used cornstarch because I made dumplings. Will make this over and over it is a keeper!"

Ginico User ID: 5792205 173384
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"Great recipe - made it for my grandson and his family, they took all of the leftovers home!"

Linda Edwards User ID: 1727043 100052
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"A keeper. Even better the second night over rice. Great meal on a cold winter's night. Yum!"

boosmama103 User ID: 3432935 175853
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"This is so simple and delicious! All 5 members of my family ate it and yummed the whole time. I doubled the meat for our meat loving crew."

johno8817 User ID: 5844879 173372
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"Perfect starter recipe. I added 1 jalapeno finely chopped and a tablespoonof tomato paste. Very tasty without being too spicy!"

tastycook1 User ID: 565995 156228
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Made this last night for us and we enjoyed it. The V8 juice I think added an extra depth of flavour to this stew. I liked that it went on in the morning and was ready at supper time with just a few minutes to thicken it just before we ate."

MomSpotted User ID: 5088869 170733
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"So Good!"

raspberrykitty User ID: 1691878 173371
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"I love a good crockpot recipe, and this is one of those! While I did like this recipe, it seemed very salty to me (but my husband loved it). Maybe it was my broth. I would try it with no-salt-added/low-sodium broth or just not add salt next time. Other than that, this recipe is perfect!"

dvhenning User ID: 4917928 173347
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"This was so easy to make and was very good! We'll make it often."

Bevk426 User ID: 2812510 100049
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Very tasty.The amount of cornstarch and cold water listed was incorrect. I ended up adding more water to make a thickener."

Scrubbybubbles User ID: 3950880 209646
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Wonderful!! My Hubby really liked it! & hes a Very Picky eater!"

JaGo405 User ID: 5810335 175851
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Good, easy beef stew...I will take other's suggestions to season the meat and use more beef stock, and maybe a little more chili powder, salt and pepper, to taste, next time. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow"

hoguekm User ID: 2042480 156226
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"It was really good. The next day was even better. We cooked the meat first. I added some gravy I had left over from the night before. I used tomato juice instead of V-8. I didn't have a bay leave. I will get some for next time. My whole family would like this.I don't have a slow cooker so I put it in a heavy pan and cooked it in the oven on 200 for about 6 hours. Than turned the oven up to 350 and added the corn and peas and thickner for another hour and a half. It turned out perfect."

marisat8 User ID: 5822101 140524
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"Great flavor. Next time I think I will season my meat with a small amount of salt and pepper before adding the rest of the ingredients. Great for kids over hot egg noodles."

tk996 User ID: 1340413 85370
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Fine tasting stew! I left out the chili powder and thyme and found that the Turkish bay leaves infused a wonderful flavor. This recipe is a keeper, worthy of canning when made in larger quantities."

amyjheflin User ID: 1230580 157640
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Loved it. Used venison and even kids liked it!"

grannysnail User ID: 743232 102830
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Oops! Forgot the stars!"

grannysnail User ID: 743232 160036
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"I browned the meat first, then mixed everything. I added more salt & pepper. Bay leaf smells so good when cooking; but I would add more beef bouillion for flavor next time. It was very good the next day!"

lastof9 User ID: 5611557 157639
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Good stew. I agree it took a little longer to cook than I expected. Also, How do you mix 2 TBSP corn starch w/ 1 TBSP water?? I got cement! Is there a trick?"

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 85351
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"It was good, I added oregano and garlic to give it more flavor."

myhaak User ID: 5103295 171791
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"This was a very good, easy recipe. I doubled it and wonderful leftovers. Perhaps because I doubled it, I thought it needed more of the chili powder, salt and pepper. I will definitely make this again!!!!"

Good Eats Girl User ID: 5794653 172110
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Wonderful stew recipe! The only thing that I did different was add extra pepper! This was great! It will be my go to stew recipe!"

KathyR2 User ID: 2597019 140523
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"This recipe is good BUT... when it states 7.5 to 8 hours it takes all of that. I never use salt when cooking beef so I exchanged meat tenderized for the salt. I will make sure I have ample time and not expect it to cook in 4 hours on high."

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