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Beef stew with meat, potatoes, carrots and celery in a slow cooker, with a wooden spoon.
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5 from 7 votes

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew, with tender bites of beef and vegetables in a rich broth, is a family favorite. This easy beef stew recipe is perfect for a weeknight or Sunday dinner.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 333kcal


  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes and trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 4 medium carrots cut into ¼-inch rounds
  • 1 ½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes about 4 medium, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth


  • Place flour, salt and pepper in a large zip-top bag. Add the cubes of beef, seal the bag, and shake to coat the meat with the flour mixture. (Alternatively, you can place the beef, flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl and stir to coat the beef.)
  • Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the pieces of beef in a single layer in the pan (brown the beef in two batches if necessary). Let the beef brown on the first side for about 4 minutes, then flip and brown the other side. Stir in any remaining flour from the bag and then transfer the beef to the slow cooker.
  • Add the remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil and the onion to the pan. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  • Pour about ½ cup of the beef broth into the pan and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer the contents of the pan to the slow cooker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, including the rest of the broth, to the slow cooker. Stir gently to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3 ½-4 hours, until the vegetables and meat are tender and cooked through.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaf. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve.


  • To reheat beef stew, simmer it in a pot, covered, on the stove until it is heated through. You can also reheat beef stew in the microwave. Stir the stew occasionally as it reheats to help it heat evenly.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 1208mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5269IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 6mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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