The Best Crockpot Beef Stew

A timeless old-fashioned beef stew. Slow-cooked until tender and perfect. A hearty blend of beef, potatoes, stew vegetables, and a tomato-based beef broth.

slow cooker beef stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Out of all of my soup recipes, this stew is a fan favorite. It is filling and full of comfort like my baked potato soup, or creamy potato and corn chowder. I have made this Slow Cooker Beef Stew for years and years. It’s such a wonderful comfort food. Friends that I share it with always request the recipe. A delicious beef stew to enjoy this fall, winter, and throughout the year.

We love this beef stew on a cold fall or winter night. Each spoonful is packed full of deliciousness.  This would be a great busy night family meal for or for holiday company.


slow cooker beef stew

What I love about this stew:

  • The fact that this is typically made in the Slow Cooker really frees up my day and even the next
  • The leftovers are fantastic
  • If you are in a hurry, you can make it on the stovetop

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Tips and Tricks:

  • Stovetop directions: Just bring the stew to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer until potatoes and stew meat tenders – about 1&1/2 to 2 hours


slow cooker beef stew

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Easy to make old-fashioned slow cooker beef stew
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 396cal
Author: Melissa


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. stew meat
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 28 oz. tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 12 oz. mixed vegetables frozen – add more if you like your veggies
  • 6 medium Potatoes peeled and cut into chunks – I prefer red potatoes


  • In a large non-stick skillet, over medium/high heat, add the olive oil and let warm up
  • While the olive oil is heating up, in medium size bowl add flour, and toss the stew meat in the flour – coating the meat
  • Add coated stew meat to oil, and cook browning meat, for about 5 – 10 minutes – turning to evenly Brown & scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the cooked meat and coating
  • In the slow cooker add the cooked stew meat plus the scrapings from the pan
  • Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for about 6 hours
  • Remove the bay leaf, and serve


  • If you prefer to cook this on the stovetop – bring the stew to a rolling boil, turn it down to a simmer, cover and simmer until beef and potatoes are tender – About 1&1/2 to 2 hours
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 396cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1305mg | Potassium: 1477mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2597IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 6mg

 ~Melissa –

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