The Best Crockpot Beef Stew

 

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Beef stew has to be one of my ultimate comfort foods, especially during the winter months. And what goes better with Sunday football than a big ole’ bowl of beef stew!  

 

Now, this isn’t any old stew. This has been proclaimed as The Best Crockpot Beef Stew by my friends and family. So add this recipe to your menu next week and let the compliments roll in.

 

The Best Crockpot Beef Stew 

Ingredients

2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
6oz can tomato paste
32oz beef broth
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups baby carrots carrots
4-5 small red potatoes,cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
1 cups frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water

 

Directions:

The Best Crockpot Beef Stew - So easy!

 

1.  Combine beef, celery, carrots, red onion, potatoes, salt,  pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and tomato paste in the crock pot. I used a 6 qt crockpot for this stew.  Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 6-7 hours. 

 

 

2.  About 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour and the water together in a small dish and pour into the crockpot. Mix until well combined. This will add a nice thickness to the stew. Next add in your frozen peas and corn. Continue cooking covered for 30 minutes.

 

 

 

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4.9 from 29 reviews

The Best Crockpot Beef Stew
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 32oz beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups baby carrots carrots
  • 4-5 small red potatoes,cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine beef, celery, carrots, red onion, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and tomato paste in the crock pot. I used a 6 qt crockpot for this stew. Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 6-7 hours.
  2. About 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour and the water together in a small dish and pour into the crockpot. Mix until well combines. This will add a nice thickness to the stew. Next add in your frozen peas and corn. Continue cooking covered for 30 minutes.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Corey this is just the recipe I NEED! We just returned from Florida and it is freezing here! Going from the high 80′s everyday to the rainy cool 50′s is hard on us older folks. You can bet that this weekend, your stew will be warming our tummies!! Thank you for the great timing! You just never know how you help others!

  2. Looks great. Thanks Corey.

  3. I love a good hearty stew. Something to warm you up on a cold day in San Diego. That’s right. We get a winter too. :)

  4. Made this the other night. It was delicious I followed the recipe exactly but used some venison stew meat I had in the freezer along with the beef. So good and very easy with the crock pot.

  5. I bet this would be yummy with some barley thrown in. I have a major thing for barley thought :)

  6. This is a great! Mine came out a little spicy….maybe the pepper? What do you think?
    Thank you so much for a great new meal!

    • That is strange since nothing spicy went in! haha. Maybe the pepper then?

    • Brigitte Mason says:

      I loved the stew, but also thought it was a little spicy. I am thinking its the oregano. Next time I will use half the amount or leave it out and see if that was it.

  7. Loved this stew! I will be making this again! :)

  8. In your picture, the meat looks cooked in when you put it in the crock pot. Do you need to cook or brown it prior to putting it in the crock, or can it be raw? I’ve never made beef stew before!

    • You don’t need to brown the meat before putting it into the crockpot. If you want to cut down on the time, you can brown the beef.

  9. I don’t have any beef broth on hand, but I do have vegetable broth, and may add a couple of beef bouillon. I got the vegetables all cut up (in water in fridge), and ready to just throw together in the am. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. I have been searching for a recipe that was similar to my late Papaw’s beef stew recipe. He rarely cooked, but made this wonderful stew with no recipe. He even made my roommate and I a very large batch for our first year in the college dorms! When I saw your recipe I thought it sounded very close to Papaw’s so, I gave it a try. It was a near perfect imitation! It was soo delicious and when I brought the stew to my parents, they both echoed the same sentiment! Thank you for this recipe, it makes me so happy to finally find one that reminds me so much of my grandfather!!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Love this recipe!!! I added a can of some stewed tomatoes and a little red wine. Perfect!

  12. Absolutely delicious!! My family really enjoyed this stew! A keeper in my recipe collection for sure!

  13. Wonderful!!!! Just finished my second bowl, my husband and children loves it! Thank you for sharing!

  14. I made this for dinner last night and it was wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Just made this today, being stuck indoors in the middle of a winter storm… this is by far the best crockpot beef stew I’ve had! Thanks for sharing it… I’ll definitely be making it again!

  16. Do you brown the meat before you add it to the crock pot? Thanks

    • Nicole, you can, but it is not necessary. If you are in a rush and want the stew to cook faster, you could brown the beef to reduce cooking time. But I prefer just to throw it in without browning. Saves prep time and tastes just as good! Hope that helps!
      XO

  17. Can you freeze this ?

  18. Just put on third pot. Tastes great! Thxs for sharing! I do add some red pepper and creole to add some spice!

  19. This is in the crockpot right now! I can’t wait to taste it, it smells amazing.

  20. Making a big pot right now. I add some red pepper for spice and some bourbon. I cant wait to eat this tonight during the snow storm!

  21. I love this recipe. I have made it once before and will be making it again this weekend for a bookclub. Thank you Corey!

  22. This looks like a wonderful recipe for the winter season! I have a question though, do the potatoes hold shape or do they become somewhat mushy? Do you think additing them 3-4 hours into the cooking (on high) process would help the potatoes hold their shape better or would that not be enough time for them to cook?

  23. This sounds delicious! and so easy!
    Thanks for sharing.

  24. Oh my goodness! Thank you! This recipe is fantabulous! We are in a deep deep freeze in Wisconsin this week (no school) and my kids commented all day on the wonderful smell coming from the kitchen! This is a keeper!

  25. One thing I like to do to really deepen the flavor is brown the meat on
    Medium high with a bit of oil and add to the pot. then take 1/4 cup each of finely chopped onions, celery and carrots and sauté over medium heat until well browned and caramelized about 10-12 min. Deglaze the pan with some broth and add to the pot. This adds a depth of flavor that can’t be beat.

  26. Katiedidit says:

    Wow. I made this last night with Elk, on of my husband’s various donations to our freezer. Amazingly tasty. I added a couple chopped parsnps and turnips to the mix, along with some creole seasoning (about half a Tablespoon). So good I’m eating leftovers today, and I normally hate leftovers.

    Best thing about the recipe is the lack of browning the meat before putting it in the pot. Certainly cuts down on the clean up time.

  27. Just left the store the ingredients……fingers crossed!!

  28. I have been searching for a good beef stew recipe for years. I have tried many recipes and they were all okay, but nothing special (never made the same recipe twice). My husband said this was the best stew I ever made and my children loved it as well. My boys are 6 and 8 and this stew was so good they didn’t even complain about the vegetables. They both said it was tasty. This is a great recipe and simple to make and perfect for a cold winter day like today! I finally found the perfect beef stew recipe and won’t even look elsewhere! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki!!!! This comment made my night! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a sweet comment. I am SO HAPPY to hear that your entire family love it :) It really is one of my favorite recipes for the winter too :)

  29. I would like to double this recipe in order to have enough to last a few days. Will reheating it in the crockpot cuase the vegetables to over cook?

    • Sorry Tim, I can’t say for sure, since I have never reheated this stew in the crockpot. But I would guess it would be ok, as long as you warmed it on a warm or low mode. Lets us know how it works out! Hope that helps :)

  30. Trying out this tonight! It’s got little over an hour left but smells oh so good. I added a bit of brown sugar in mine, just for a touch of sweetness:) Can’t wait to eat!

  31. any ideas for a substitute for the flour, need to keep it Gluten free.

    • Could you use a gluten free flour? Or do you not have a store nearby that carries that?

      • I have seen recipes use tapioca flour as a thickening agent.

        • Gluten-free thickener: I use cornstarch for gravy. I would think cornstarch would work in this recipe. 1 Tablespoon cornstarch = 2 Tablespoons flour. Or for this recipe, 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) corn starch. I’m looking forward to making this stew tomorrow!!

          • My daughter and husband are gluten-free and I have used tapioca pearls in beef stew and also cornstarch as suggested above. I have not tried tapioca flour, but have tried rice flour and found it too gritty. Good luck!!

  32. I would like to make a double batch and cook one tonight and put the other in a freezer bag for future use. Have you tried this? I will not put the potatoes in the freezer bag as I saw you said they can get watery.

    When removing from the freezer/bag, I expect you’d put the contents straight into crock pot, BUT does the time to cook then change? If so, do you happen to have the time to cook from frozen? Thanks.

    Can’t wait to try this!

  33. Would this recipe be too big for a 4 quart slow cooker?

  34. Larry Schwering says:

    I am a recent widower and lets just say that my culinary skills (at least for now) border on the non existent. Hopefully, little by little, I can accrue some simple recipes that even I can execute. Will give this one a try!

  35. I don’t have stew meat on hand so I am going to use 2lbs. venison hamburger. Do you think it will work out okay?

  36. Sear the meat before adding to the crockpot to keep it moist and to give the stew a nicer flavor.

  37. Thanks for the great recipe! This was easy and delicious. I used whole chopped carrots instead of “baby carrots” and I cut my own chuck so prep time was more like 30 minutes. 30 minutes well spent! Yum :-)

  38. Hello there, I was just wondering, is that purple onions in the photo or am I mistaken?
    I love purple onions, they add a little different flavor but either way would be great I’m sure! :)
    Can’t wait to try! Thanks

  39. Made this stew today and thought it was delicious. Perfect for a cold wintery day lunch. Made only half recipe which cooked in about 4 hours. Will definitely make a whole recipe when my kids come to eat with me. Ate with French bread, but will make cornbread next time.

  40. Hi Corey!

    I was at the super market buying groceries and decided to make my old standby crockpot beef stew and was trying to remember all of the ingredients. I decided to turn to my iphone for a reference and typed in beef stew crockpot recipes and came upon this one, it looked so good I decided to try it. I have it in the crockpot now! Looking forward to it!

  41. Hi! I am making this as we speak and I can’t wait to see how it turns out :)

    I too was wondering about the meat being raw because I wonder where the juices go but I guess it just adds flavor?!??

  42. Do you serve this with anything or just the stew by itself. Making it today. Thanks!

  43. Made this stew yesterday and everyone loved it. Great flavor. Thick and hearty. Thanks for a great recipe from all of my family.

    Robert

  44. I substituted beef for venison and added a touch of red wine and a bit of bacon fat…absolutely the best stew I have had.

  45. I’m cooking this tomorrow! Do you peel the potatoes?

  46. Just got back from the grocer with these ingredients! Can’t wait til it’s ready tonight. LOVE the reviews!

  47. Very good. A bit of fennel seed added an extra dimension to the flavor.

  48. Best beef stew EVER! Simple, yummy ingredients and full of flavor- the beef melts in your mouth. I accidentally put the peas and corn in with everything when you first throw it in the crock put but it still turned out. Thanks, Corey! This one is taking a permanent spot in the ole recipe book :)

  49. Absolutely scrumptious.

  50. How many would you say this serves? Thanks! I love it.

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