Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 5:0 h
  • Ready In : 5:30 h

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a simply 1-pan meal that needs no stirring or monitoring. What could be simpler than preparing your stew the night before or morning of your meal and then place it in your slow cooker, go to work or school, and return to a hot meal?

Cooking time depends on the cooker setting of low or high. The high setting usually cooks foods in about half the time. Good for meals you want to serve in 4 to 6 hours. Foods left on low setting can take 10 hours or more hours to cook. Follow your cookers instructions to determine the correct setting.

Use this recipe as a baseline to prepare dozens of variations by adjusting the amount of each ingredient or adding other ingredients like corn, mushrooms, turnips or spinach. There is no limit to the number of variations.


You can substitute chicken or pork for the beef or eliminate the meat for a vegetable stew.


  • 1 lb (450g) extra lean beef or stew meat cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) pieces
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1-2.5ml) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf (fresh or dried)
  • 3 (175g) carrots, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 large (250g) onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 stacks/ribs (125g) celery, coarsely sliced
  • 1 cup (130g) frozen green peas
  • 1 medium (300g) russet or other potatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon (30ml) corn starch to thicken liquid (optional)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Combine flour, salt, peppers, and thyme.

Step 2

Add meat to slow cooker. Pour flour mixture over meat and stir to coat.

Step 3

Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and cook 10 to 12 hours on low or 4 to 6 hours on high or until meat is fork tender. Stir stew prior to serving.

Step 4

To thicken liquid, add cornstarch to 2 tablespoons (30ml) of cold water, stir, pour over stew and stir to combine. Liquid will thicken in 1 to 2 minutes.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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  • Serving Size:

    About 11 oz. (325g)