Traditional Beef Stew is the best comfort meal on those chilly Fall and Winter nights. This easy slow cooker beef stew recipe is loaded with tender melt-in-your-mouth chunks of beef, creamy potatoes, and sweet veggies all enveloped in a rich silky broth. Serve with my garlic knots for the ultimate cozy cool weather meal.
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
When cooler months hit, comfort food recipes like this slow cooker beef stew are essential. And this easy recipe takes the traditional beef stew up a notch.
Tender beef chunks, creamy potatoes, and savory veggies are blanketed in a rich and creamy broth made with a high quality dry red wine, garlic, onion, thyme, Worcestershire, smoked paprika, and rosemary.
One thing is for sure, this upscale slow cooker beef stew will make your house smell so heavenly, that your kids will be saying “Mom, that smells AMAZING!” before they even enter through the door.
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CROCK POT BEEF STEW INGREDIENTS
- Chuck Roast
- Herbs & Spices
- Olive Oil
- Dry Red Wine – alcohol will cook out, or use the beef broth
- Soy Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Beef Broth
- Tomato Paste
- Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Russet Potatoes
- Kitchen Bouquet Browning (optional for added rich flavor)
Chuck Roast – Get one that is 2-3 pounds with decent marbling. Cut into cubes
Spices – All purpose flour, cornstarch, paprika, salt and pepper
Herbs – Rosemary, thyme, bay leaves (dried, but fresh will work too)
Red Wine & Beef Broth – Wine is used to deglaze the pan during the beef browning process and broth in the crock pot. You can eliminate the wine and use beef broth for both if you prefer.
Mixed Vegetables – A bag of frozen mixed vegetables is easiest to use. If you prefer canned, drain and rinse a few times for better flavor.
Potatoes – I like to use Russet potatoes for this one but use your favorite.
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HOW TO MAKE BEEF STEW IN THE CROCK POT
ONE: Trim fat from chuck roast. Cube into bite-sized pieces. Toss with flour, salt, pepper, and paprika to coat the meat.
TWO: Heat the oil in a large saucepan and brown the meat a few pieces at a time. Do not overcrowd the skillet or the meat will steam instead of brown. Using tongs, turn the cubes of meat to brown all sides. Place the seared meat in the crockpot and set aside.
THREE: Pour the wine or beef broth into the browning pan to deglaze. Scrape and stir till meat juices are loosened from the pan. Add the onion and half the butter and cook for 4-6 minutes. The wine will reduce and the onions will become soft and translucent.
FOUR: Add the onions to the crockpot. Add to the crockpot the spices, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and broth. Stir to combine. Add the potatoes, and vegetables to the crockpot and stir.
FIVE: In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch and whisk into the stew. Set at high, cover and cook for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. The longer it cooks, the more tender the meat becomes. Ten minutes before a serving, add the remaining butter and kitchen bouquet.
For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.
CAN I FREEZE SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW?
Yes, you can! This recipe makes a large batch so there will be plenty to freeze for future meals. It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months if stored in an air tight freezer safe container.
HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVERS?
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave, oven, or on stovetop over medium heat until warmed through.
CAN I MAKE SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW AHEAD OF TIME?
Beef stew is a wonderful make ahead meal. Personally, I find the stew tastes better the next day after all the flavors have had time to mingle together.
Slow cook the stew according to recipe card but allow it to cool completely prior to covering and refrigerating.
When ready to eat, reheat on the stove over medium heat, adding a extra beef broth if needed.
TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS
- Read the recipe through before starting to get a clear picture of what is needed and how best to start.
- Adding the butter at the end makes the sauce silky smooth
- The kitchen bouquet is optional, but gives it that hearty picture perfect beef stew color and richer flavor.
- Delicious when topped with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper.
- This stew can go with you in the crockpot ready to plug in or hot-and-ready to eat. Just place plastic wrap over the crock or if you have a crockpot with a lid that seals that is best.
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This hearty and delicious slow cooker beef stew is the perfect cool weather comfort meal. This stew feeds a crowd and is oh-so-delicious, you won’t have any leftovers by the time your family is finished! My family loves this and I know yours will too!
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EASY SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW RECIPE
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