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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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The slow cooker makes stew meat and vegetables fall apart tender. With rich, savory gravy, this hearty vegetable beef stew looks good, smells good, and tastes oh-so comforting.

beef stew with vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Sometimes, I feel like real, down-home comfort food is a lost art. We get so busy as humans that we are constantly running around and going out to eat. And even as a food blogger, I am just as guilty as the next person. But there is something special about a meal made with fresh food, slow-cooked all day, and then spooned into a hearty, delicious dinner

This crockpot beef stew is just that. Loaded with vegetables, it’s an old-fashioned throwback with a seasoned, thick gravy that just shines on mashed potatoes or white rice. 

beef stew in a ladle.

You should make this beef stew recipe if you love to fall apart tender beef, enjoy an all-in-one meal that requires no side dishes, love the low-key and ease of a slow cooker, and need a meal that makes you feel happy and full. 

Ingredients 

  • vegetable oil
  • For beef stew meat, I highly recommend cutting the pieces down to at least 1 inch so they fit comfortably on your spoon. 
  • all-purpose flour
  • carrots, celery, onions,  fresh mushrooms, and potatoes all cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • minced garlic, paprika, salt, ground black pepper, and dried rosemary leaves
  • beef broth

We also recommend that you serve your vegetable beef stew over mashed potatoes (the gravy over those mashed potatoes is just a chef’s kiss), white rice, or egg noodles.

  • My choice to pair with hearty beef stew is to serve it over mashed potatoes, taking advantage of all that gravy.

What kind of beef is used in stew? 

Before getting started, one of the first questions you may have is what kind of beef is best for stew. In our area, we simply purchase beef stew meat. Depending on your store, it should have some fat in it (after all, fat brings flavor) and is usually cut into large chunks.

chunks of beef pieces in a cast iron pan.

The cut of beef in prepackaged beef stew meat can vary. It’s typically lower-quality beef like chuck, round, or randomly available trimmings.

Because the meat is slow-cooked, it is infused with all the herbs and flavors and then goes from tough to fall-apart tender. Slow cooking is one of my very favorite ways to spend less money on a dish with quality results

Other beef recipes that use a slow cookerslow cooker beef tipsslow cooker beef cube steak (one of my favorites), and our slow cooker chili recipe

How to Make Vegetable Beef Stew in the Crockpot

Start by trimming any excess fat from your beef stew meat if necessary, and cut into smaller 1″ pieces if you find the store cuts too large. This ensures each piece is bite-sized and easy to eat.

Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the beef. Combine the flour, salt, and black pepper, and sprinkle over the beef, tossing to coat evenly.

Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is nicely browned on all sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes.

Move the browned beef into a slow cooker.

cooking beef stew in a cast iron pan and place in a crockpot.

Add the chopped carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, and potatoes to the slow cooker.

The potatoes should be peeled and cut into small 1/2″ pieces to cook evenly.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, paprika, and dried rosemary to the mix.

vegetable chunks in crockpot with stew meat.

Pour the beef broth over the ingredients in the slow cooker, ensuring everything is well-mixed. Cover and set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, depending on your timing needs.

Serve over mashed potatoes:

Once the stew is cooked and the beef is tender, spoon it over warm mashed potatoes (or rice or noodles).

large plate of mashed potatoes, stew, and a fork on the side.

What should I serve with beef stew?

I know it has carbs due to the potatoes, but having crusty garlic parmesan bread (made with French or Italian bread) is a total must for me.

Not only does it round out the meal as super filling, but bread is also perfect for sopping up all those last bits of gravy.

Can beef stew be frozen? 

It can! First, let it cool down completely. Then, pour any leftovers into a zip-lock bag, flatten, and throw in the freezer. I recommend that you write the date on it so you know when you put it in there (if you are like me, you find things like a year later).

To cook at a later date, simply remove the mixture and leave it in the fridge to defrost. Then, pour it into a stovetop saucepan and heat slowly until warm.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Slow cooked hearty beef stew loaded with vegetables and soft, tender stew meat, is an easy, savory, and old fashioned dinner recipe that can be thrown in the crockpot and ready when you are.

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Meat and Vegetables:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces

Seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves

Broth:

For Serving:

  • mashed potatoes, white rice, or egg noodles kept warm

Instructions

  • Start by trimming any excess fat from your beef stew meat if necessary, and cut into smaller 1″ pieces if you find the store cuts too large. This ensures each piece is bite-sized and easy to eat.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the beef. Combine the flour, salt, and black pepper, and sprinkle over the beef, tossing to coat evenly. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is nicely browned on all sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Move the browned beef into a slow cooker.
  • To the slow cooker, add the chopped carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, and potatoes. The potatoes should be peeled and cut into small 1/2″ pieces to cook evenly. Add the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, paprika, and dried rosemary to the mix.
  • Pour the beef broth over the ingredients in the slow cooker, ensuring everything is well-mixed. Cover and set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • Once the stew is cooked and the beef is tender, ladle it over warm mashed potatoes, white rice, or egg noodles.

Notes

Please note that nutritional value does not account for serving over potatoes, noodles, or rice and can vary greatly when eating stew. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 388kcal

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