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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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.

Pin showing the finished slow cooker beef stew with title at the top.

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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.

Scoop of beef stew made in the Crockpot ready to eat.

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!

everything being loaded into the crockpot.
  • 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
Finished slow cooker beef stew with bread.

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!

beef stew recipe ingreidents.

In a slow cooker, layer beef and chopped vegetables.

Stir together soups and seasoning packet, pour over meat, carrots, potatoes, and celery.

beef chunks ready for the crockpot.

Stir and cover.

Cook in the slow cooker on low setting for 8-10 hours.

Look at the crockpot cooking the beef stew.

Serve hot with bread or crackers.

Close up of the finished crockpot beef stew.

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.

Featured image showing a bowl full of the finished recipe ready to eat.

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! It’s the same meat I use for Slow Cooker Stew Meat Chili.

A look down into a bowl full of stew.

More Easy Slow Cooker Meals

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!

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

A bowl full of the finished soup ready to eat.

An easy and indulgent beef stew recipe made in the slow cooker! This simple crockpot beef stew is the perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 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


  1. In a slow cooker, layer beef and chopped vegetables.
  2. Stir together soups and seasoning packet, pour over meat, carrots, potatoes, and celery.
  3. Stir and cover.
  4. Cook in the slow cooker on low setting for 8-10 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 986mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 37g

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Monday 7th of October 2013

This sounds delicious! Just printed the recipe and am looking forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing.

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