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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 lbs beef chuck, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (for searing)


  1. Preparation: Start by laying out all your ingredients. This will ensure a seamless process and also double-check that you have everything you need.
  2. Beef Coating: In a large bowl, toss the chopped beef with the flour, ensuring each piece is lightly coated. This simple step is the secret to our rich and thick broth.
  3. Searing the Beef: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan. Sear each side until browned. Transfer the seared beef to the slow cooker.
  4. Layering the Ingredients: Add the onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, celery, and green peas over the beef in the slow cooker.
  5. Adding Liquids and Spices: Pour in the beef broth and red wine (if using). Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, dried rosemary, dried thyme, and bay leaves over the top. Give it a gentle stir to combine the ingredients.
  6. Slow Cooking Magic: Cover and set your slow cooker to low. Let it cook for 8 hours. As it slowly simmers, the flavors meld together, creating a dish that’s more than the sum of its parts.
  7. Final Touches: Once done, carefully remove the bay leaves and give the stew a good stir. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Ladle the beef stew into bowls, and serve with crusty bread on the side or over a bed of rice. The rich flavors, tender beef, and hearty vegetables will have you coming back for seconds!


Tips for the Perfect Slow Cooker Beef Stew:

  • Flouring the Beef: This step aids in thickening the stew. Make sure to coat the beef evenly but shake off any excess flour.
  • Wine Alternatives: If you don’t want to use red wine, you can replace it with additional beef broth or try tomato juice for a tangy twist.
  • Stew Variations: Feel free to add mushrooms, corn, or even green beans to the stew for added variety and nutrition.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours