Slow Cooker Beef Stew


Is there a dish more comforting than hearty beef stew?? This Slow Cooker Beef Stew is perfect for cold fall and winter days and if you’re really lucky you might have some left for lunch the next day!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I’m thinking this is just the thing you need to make this coming Tuesday. I always love to have stew or chili on Halloween, I don’t know what it is but it’s becoming tradition.

It must have something to do with the fact that it’s always cold here when we take our kids out trick-or-treating (sometimes snowing!) so I love to have some warm comforting stew before we head out, then I like to have hot cocoa when we get home. I get cold easy.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

As far as all the steps go in this recipe I’d highly recommend you don’t skip any of them. I’ve made beef stew without browned beef and with browned beef and the browned beef wins no question.

It’s worth the extra 10 minutes hassle, trust me. Same goes with those onions/celery, if you don’t saute them first they have a different flavor and texture.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

And if you aren’t a morning person like me, I recommend cutting up the beef, onions, carrots, celery and garlic the night before (and store separately in the fridge. Wait to chop potatoes so they don’t brown). This will give you a huge head start the following morning because this recipe does have a lot of prep work.

All SO worth it though! My family absolutely loves this rich beef stew, especially with some fresh crusty sourdough bread for dipping! Yum yum yummmmmm.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

4.96 from 21 votes

This beef stew is the definition of comfort food! It is packed with flavor and that low and slow cooking yields the most tender beef. A staple recipe!  

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 7


  • 2 1/2 lbs chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and diced into 1-1/2 inch cubes (you should have about 2 lbs once trimmed)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 medium celery stalks, chopped (1 1/4 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth or chicken broth, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 (7-inch) single sprig rosemary (or 3/4 tsp dried)
  • 1 1/2 lbs yellow potatoes, diced into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (don't use thin carrots)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch (depending on how thick you like it)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen petite peas
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Working with half of the beef at a time, dab both sides dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sear in skillet until browned, turning once halfway through, about 4 - 5 minutes total. Transfer beef to slow cooker. Add an additional 1 Tbsp oil to skillet, repeat with remaining beef. Leave excess oil in skillet.

  2. Add remaining 1/2 Tbsp oil to oil in skillet (there should be about 1/2 tbsp left after searing beef), reduce burner to medium. Saute onions and celery 3 minutes, add garlic saute 30 seconds longer then add in tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. 

  3. Pour 1 cup beef broth into skillet along with Worcestershire, soy sauce,  thyme and rosemary. Add potatoes and carrots over beef layer in slow cooker, then pour broth mixture in skillet into slow cooker along with remaining 2 cups beef broth. Season lightly with salt and pepper (add more to taste at the end). Cover and cook on low heat for 7 - 8 hours.

  4. In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch with 1 1/2 Tbsp cold water until smooth. Pour into slow cooker and gently stir, cover and cook on high heat for 20 - 30 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir in peas and half of the parsley. Serve warm garnished with remaining parsley.

  5. Recipe source: inspired by Food NetworkMy Recipes and Cooks Illustrated


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  • glaucia: Sempre faço essa receita aqui, quer dizer é um pouco parecida, acredito que é tão gostosa quanto essa, mas ainda não consegui que fique com essa coloração, vou seguir a sua recita e prepara aqui acho que vai ficar esplendido. October 26, 2017 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Mindy Delano: This looks delicious so I’ll give it a go on Saturday! Thanks! BTW, your Creamy Tortellini Minestrone turned out super this week! Thank you for that one, too. October 26, 2017 at 8:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked the soup Mindy! I hope you love this too! October 27, 2017 at 12:25pm Reply

  • Roxana: One of my fav dish, but never added the peas, but next time I will give it a try:d October 27, 2017 at 3:40am Reply

  • Ileana Craft: Jaclyn:
    I’m such a fan, I have never had anything come out bad that I make from your blog 👍tonight I’m trying your beef stew recipe perfect for the first cold night of the year in Texas. I make one of your recipes at least once a week, You Rock! October 28, 2017 at 10:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear you like my recipes and make them so often Ileana! Thanks for your review :)! October 29, 2017 at 7:48pm Reply

  • vivian: This was very well liked by my family, especially my husband. It is easy to put together, and then it just cooks itself. Served with sourdough bread, that was used to mop up the sauce. Thanks for a great recipe! October 29, 2017 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed this Beef Stew Vivian! And yes that sourdough is a must :). Thanks for your review! October 29, 2017 at 7:49pm Reply

  • Chels: This is the perfect Sunday dinner! October 29, 2017 at 6:24pm Reply

  • Leanne: Would red potatoes work in this? I already have a bag of red potatoes but don’t want to compromise the recipe October 30, 2017 at 7:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely, I was going to mention that actually and then forgot sorry :). November 1, 2017 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Jeri Anderson: Just made this stew for dinner. It was so good! I used a venison lion roast. It was perfect! October 31, 2017 at 5:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed this Beef Stew recipe Jeri! Thanks for your review! November 1, 2017 at 6:09pm Reply

  • Kendra L.: Made this yesterday and it was delicious! My husband immediately said, “this is bomb, babe! Put this in your rotation!”

    And it was done. :D

    Thank you! November 3, 2017 at 10:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad it’s worthy of your dinner rotation Kendra! Thanks for your review! November 3, 2017 at 11:14am Reply

  • JoAnn Swensen: This recipe is very similar to mine .. one I make often on a day off or the weekends .. I omit the thyme because of allergy to it .. and I always add rutabaga as my family loves them .. I also par boil my beggies, carrots and potatoes separately but in the same water and then add that water to my stew .. really adds a lot of flavor .. I let the meat cook for an hour or so on High while I prepare the vegetables .. beggies next .. then carrots and finally potatoes .. turn it down to Low and cook for 4 hours .. I’ve been making this stew for 22 years and it’s a family favorite ! Perfect for our cold winter nights served with warm buns or bread ! I will try adding the peas next time .. I so enjoy many of your recipes and am always happy when I see one so much like mine .. thank you for what you do ! November 4, 2017 at 9:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks JoAnn! Yours sounds like a must-try as well! November 6, 2017 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Wendy kelcey: Looks yummy! Waiting to eat it with family. It was cooked in 4 hrs on low. Hmm… not sure why it cooked so quickly! I didn’t want it to get mushy so I turned the slow cooker off and ladled it into a ceramic pot to be heated up before dinner. November 12, 2017 at 12:47pm Reply

  • AKPony: Jaclyn! I loved this! I’ve now made this twice, with caribou and venison instead of beef and it turned out phenomenal. Thanks for the great recipe. A new favorite with game meat! It is the perfect meal after a day of playing outside in the cold weather. Happy holidays from Alaska and thanks for the inspiration. November 27, 2017 at 10:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it and were able to use up the meat you had! Thanks for your review! November 27, 2017 at 10:44am Reply

  • Mary L: It’s just after midnight but I couldn’t wait to taste this stew! I didn’t wait for the cornstarch though it’s since been added. I love this beef stew-strange as I don’t like beef stew. Lol! I used a chuck roast and that definitely made a difference. My elderly housemate wandered out as the delightful smells wafted into her room. She agrees that this will be made again. Thank you for the recipe. Night-night 😉 December 3, 2017 at 1:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed Mary! December 4, 2017 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Donna: Omg so delicious! Thank you so much for this amazing beef stew recipe in a crockpot! We loved it! 😗😚😙 December 6, 2017 at 8:30pm Reply

    • Donna: Oh and btw I didn’t add the cornstarch! December 6, 2017 at 8:31pm Reply

      • Joani: Love this beef stew. One of the best ones I’ve tried yet. I used the chicken broth option since I’m not wild about beef broth. Also, the beef is more tender when I reverse the order and put the beef on top. I pour a little of the sauce over the veggies at the bottom and the the rest over the beef. I also use stew beef. My hubby and I like how tender the meat gets. January 6, 2018 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! Thanks Donna! December 7, 2017 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Mary: Excellent! Thank you for this savory stew recipe. It was the perfect dinner for the first snowfall of the year. We loved it and will definitely make it again. December 9, 2017 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this Beef Stew enough that you’d make it again Mary! Thanks so much for your review! December 9, 2017 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Michelle: This was fantastic! And I will now be permanently replacing my old beef stew recipe with this one! Was the first recipe of yours Ive tried, and I will certainly be checking back for more! December 14, 2017 at 7:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Michelle! Glad to have you following along! :) December 14, 2017 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Isabel: When you put everything in the crock pot is the potatoes and carrots need to be in the juice? December 15, 2017 at 11:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No they don’t need to be fully immersed. They’ll start to cook and break down and eventually will get there just not from the start. December 15, 2017 at 4:19pm Reply

  • Jena: The best stew I’ve ever made!! My husband said please don’t forget how to make this … it’s really good!!!! Thanks for the recipe!! December 19, 2017 at 6:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the positive review! December 21, 2017 at 3:16pm Reply

  • Dan: Do you peel the yellow potatoes? December 24, 2017 at 7:22am Reply

  • Caswell: Great recepie! The family loved it. December 30, 2017 at 6:55pm Reply

  • mzwills: I am going to try this recipe tomorrow! Looks so delicious and from the reviews I have no doubt it is
    Question: would the potatoes get mushy if putting in from the start? December 31, 2017 at 6:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The potatoes do get soft so if you’d prefer a firmer texture you can boil separately and add at the end. December 31, 2017 at 11:15am Reply

  • Nicolina: Hi! I just made this for our New Years dinner party tonight and I had to add ketchup instead of tomato paste because I didn’t have any paste! Is that the end of the world?? December 31, 2017 at 8:30am Reply

  • Eb: This was sooooo delicious. Mine was taking longer so just turned it up to high an voila it was done. My son ate his whole serving (not common for him). January 1, 2018 at 11:39pm Reply

  • COLEEN M ODONNELL: Thank you for this great recipe. I made it last night and it was delicious-perfect for this freezing weather!! Can’t wait for the leftovers tonight. January 5, 2018 at 8:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope it warmed you up! January 5, 2018 at 11:24am Reply

  • Lisa: This is by far the best beef stew recipe I have ever made! I will add a bit more broth and corn starch mixture to increase the gravy portion. Since I love sauces and gravies. I may also add mushrooms, just because. This will be my go to recipe for the future. January 5, 2018 at 3:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Lisa! Thanks for your feedback! January 5, 2018 at 8:00pm Reply

  • Eric: Yummmmmy, this beef stew recipe is awesome. Everyone in my family loved it. 5 stars definitely January 5, 2018 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback Eric! January 8, 2018 at 11:38am Reply

  • Justine: I’m not sure what I did wrong but the veggies all got tender while the meat got tough it still tastes amazing and my family liked it enough to have seconds though! January 6, 2018 at 6:43pm Reply

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