If you've never tried cooking stew, this simple Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe will make it easy for you. We make this crockpot stew often during the winter months.
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Beef stew is such a hearty comfort food! We just love it for cold winter nights. With this slow cooker recipe, it's easy enough for a busy weeknight.
The prep is lots of chopping–then just throw it all in the crockpot and let it go all day. This is a very traditional version. If you're looking for something spicier, try our Mexican Beef Stew.
Beef stew ingredients:
Here's a handy list of the beef stew ingredients you'll need. You can find the full amounts and list in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!
Read on to find out more about the best kinds of meat to use in your beef stew recipes! You can always swap that steak out for something you have on hand too!
- Sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
- Carrots, sliced
- Potatoes, peeled and cubed
- Celery, chopped
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Cream of celery soup
- Tomato soup
- Dry onion soup mix or homemade
How to make slow cooker beef stew:
Just like most of my slow cooker recipes, this slow cooker beef stew comes together quickly and easily. It's a great weeknight meal because it's a no fuss kind of recipe. It all goes into the Crockpot and it does all the hard work for us!
In a slow cooker, layer beef and chopped vegetables.
Stir together soups and seasoning packet, pour over meat, carrots, potatoes, and celery.
Stir and cover.
Cook in the slow cooker on low setting for 8-10 hours.
Serve hot with bread or crackers.
What to serve with this Crockpot beef stew:
We love some garlic bread or biscuits on the side, but you can also add some peeled potatoes to the stew for your carbs.
This recipe is easily made gluten-free just by substituting GF flour to coat the meat (I've done it before it works fine). Double-check your beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to make sure they're gluten-free, too.
What kind of meat to use for beef stew recipes:
If you're a beginner cook, just look for beef marked “Beef for Stew” in the meat department at your grocery store. The chunks are quite large, which is why I cut them smaller for the kids before cooking.
The best meat for stew is usually the most inexpensive. It's the shoulder meat that is usually called ‘chuck' meat. It's got more connective tissue and it works best for a recipe where the meat is going to simmer for a long time.
This low slow cooking process helps the meat breakdown and become tender instead of overcooking it and making it tough!
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Printable Recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Stew:
Here's the handy printable version of this delicious slow cooker beef stew recipe. It's all on one page so you can quickly and easily assemble this delicious dinner recipe, stress free!
You can't go wrong with this easy and tasty meal. The whole family loves it and it holds up well in the refrigerator for about a week. It's a great meal prep recipe that you can make in advance and heat up for a quick meal!
- 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 large carrots, sliced
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of celery soup
- 1 (10.5 oz) can tomato soup
- 1 packet dry onion soup mix
- In a slow cooker, layer beef and chopped vegetables.
- Stir together soups and seasoning packet, pour over meat, carrots, potatoes, and celery.
- Stir and cover.
- Cook in the slow cooker on low setting for 8-10 hours.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 986mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 37g