easy slow cooker beef stew

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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This Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a nostalgic and hearty meal that will warm you from the inside out. Is that cheesy? But seriously, this stew is so delicious and comforting and feels just like grandma’s house. This Easy Beef Stew Recipe is simple, so don’t be afraid if you’ve never made stew before. Let it simmer all day long in your trusty slow cooker and have dinner ready right at 5!

What Kind of Meat Do you Use for Beef Stew?

Usually, at your grocery store, you can find packages of beef labeled “stew meat.” It’s usually already chopped up and everything, so it is super convenient to use. Sometimes, this meat can be a little lean, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your dietary needs.

If you’re wanting a richer and even more delicious beef stew, go for chuck roast. You’ll buy a big piece of marbled meat and have to cut it up yourself, but you will be able to cut it into even chunks that will cook evenly in the slow cooker so that you have a more uniform beef stew.

How to Make Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker

Making this beef stew is super easy, it just requires a couple of steps. Most of my slow cooker recipes are “dump and go” with little to no preparation, but this one requires just a few minutes of hands-on time to create a delicious beef stew.

The first and most important step in this recipe is searing your meat. Don’t skip this step! It will take a mediocre beef stew to a superb one. Sear your meat in a little bit of olive oil for a few minutes until a golden brown crust forms. Do not cook the meat all the way through– the slow cooker will do that. The goal here is to caramelize the sugars and brown the proteins in the meat so that a delicious crust forms. This will enhance the savory flavor of the meat and lock in all of the delicious juices.

Okay, once you’ve seared your meat, the hardest part is over! Next, add all of your ingredients to the slow cooker and simmer for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender and cooked through. Just before your 8-hour timer goes off, scoop up some of that liquid, mix it with flour, and pour it back into the slow cooker. This will help thicken your stew so that it’s an amazing stew-y (don’t know how else to describe it, ha!) texture.

easy slow cooker beef stew

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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

5 from 6 votes
Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a nostalgic and hearty meal that will warm you from the inside out and fill your comfort food needs.


  • 3 tbsp 3 olive oil

  • 1.5 lbs 1.5 beef stew meat

  • 2 tsp 2 salt, divided

  • 1 tsp 1 pepper, divided

  • 3-4 3-4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 5 large 5 carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 3.5 cups 3.5 beef broth

  • 8 oz 8 tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp 2 Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tsp 2 dried thyme

  • 2 tsp 2 dried rosemary

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 2 2 bay leaves

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 all-purpose flour


  • Season stew meat with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Add the oil to a skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the stew meat and sear on each side to form a golden brown crust. This will caramelize the natural sugars in the meat and create a delicious crust that locks in all the juices and flavor.
  • Remove stew meat from the skillet and place into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients except for the flour.
  • Stir and let cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours.
  • 20 minutes before cooking time has elapsed, remove 3/4 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and pour into a small bowl with the flour. Whisk until smooth. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker and stir well. This will help thicken the stew. Let cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Serve over noodles, mashed potatoes, or on its own. Enjoy!

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  1. Wife of a Nerd

    Made it tonight! Husband said it was a winner and loved how the meat turned out. ! Kindergartner liked it but didn’t like the sauce. Quite a bit of left overs for just 3 people and a baby, but will be enjoyed again later in the week!

  2. I loved this recipe! I used a full 32 oz. package of beef broth which is a bit more, but then it becomes a soup and I eat it as is. It’s super tasty and has tons of leftovers which I love!

  3. Didn’t you leave out dredging the beef with flour before caramelizing? Your Dutch oven recipe for beef stew includes dredging the beef with flour, salt, and pepper before browning.

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