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Best Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Updated on January 12, 2013

So I’ve had this package of stew beef in the deep freeze staring me in the face every time I go in there for something. I always feel bad for never choosing it, but I’ve never made stew before and was never really one to go “Yea! Stew! Awesome!”. My mother used to make stew when I was a kid — by pouring it out of a can and heating it up. She didn't really like cooking. But I do!

I don't have a stew recipe, but I've made roast before so I figured it couldn't be that different. I was a bit nervous, and I took pictures the whole way wondering if I was actually going to end up sharing this recipe and using them. I'm glad I did, because it was awesome! I made sure to write everything down so I could share it if it was good, so without further adieu here is one yummy beef stew recipe that will make you go "Yea! Stew! Awesome!".


1 pkg of stew beef (mine was .45kg (about 1 lb)) if it comes in large pieces like mine did, cut the larger pieces so that you end up with bite sized chunks of meat

1/2 cup of flour

2 t of seasoning salt

1/8 t of pepper

1 t of paprika

1/4 t of thyme

1/2 t of sage

3 T of butter

2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed

2 cups of beef broth

2 cups of water

1/4 cup of red wine

2 bay leaves

A pinch of red pepper flakes

2 Lg stalks of celery, chopping to your liking

2 - 3 Lg carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely into pieces about the same size or slightly smaller than the size of your meat chunks

3 med or 2 Lg (or maybe even 2sm and 1Lg) potatoes, peeled and chopped coarsely into sizable pieces, about the size or slightly smaller than the pieces of meat

1/2 cup peas (I used frozen peas)

Salt and pepper to taste

The Method

Turn your crock pot on high to preheat

In a sizable plastic container (or a deep dish if you don't have one) combine the flour, seasoning salt, pepper, paprika, thyme and sage. Put the lid on and shake it around (insert silly fun here) to mix it well. (If you're using a deep dish, simply mix it thoroughly with a whisk or fork)

Set aside 1/3 cup of the flour mixture for later

Put the meat into the container, put the lid on and shake it all about to cover the meat completely. (I did 1/2, and then the other 1/2 rather than all at once)

Heat a skillet on high and add the butter and garlic. Move the garlic around a bit while you wait for the butter to melt completely so it doesn't burn. When the butter is completely melted, add all of the meat pieces. Move them around to sear them on all sides.

(If there's a little bit of pink showing on some of the pieces that's ok. We're just looking for 95% seared here)

Remove the meat from the pan and place into the crock pot.

Put 1 cup of the beef broth into the pan on low and stir to remove all the bits from the bottom of the pan (They're chalk full of deliciousness)

Once that's done pour the pan broth into the crock pot. Add the other cup of broth, the water, wine, bay leaves, red pepper flakes and celery.

Cover and cook 1 hour

Add the carrots, potatoes and peas. Cover and cook until the carrots and potatoes are tender, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

When the veggies are to your liking, remove the stew ingredients to a large bowl leaving the liquid in the pot, and remove the bay leaves.

Add the reserved 1/3 cup of seasoned flour from the beginning, to the liquid in the pot. Add it in small amounts and whisk thoroughly so no lumps of flour remain. When it's all added and whisked to greatness, add the stew ingredients back in to the pot and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.

As a side note, this goes extremely well with dinner rolls.

If you want something you can leave to cook while you're at work, after searing the meat throw everything else into the crock pot on low for the day, minus the reserved flour, the salt and pepper which you can add when you get home.

Voila! You have a very yummy beef stew recipe you can make in your crock pot!


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    • Hendrika profile image

      Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I love my slow cooker and this recipe really sounds great so I am going to try it, we quite often use stew meat and this is ideal for it.

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      L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada


      So glad you like it, b. Malin :) I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I too, used to have a Crock Pot, till one of my "kids" borrowed it. I will get it back and try this Recipe. Thanks Ladyface for sharing and the pictures are great!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I used to have a Crock Pot...someone borrowed it, forgot who, however, I loved this I'm going to try and LOCATE my CROCK POT...Hello out there. Thanks for sharing Ladyface and the pictures say it all...looks delicious!

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      L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

      LOL no. Thankfully he likes my food :)

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      Brian Slater 6 years ago from England

      hopefully not at your food :)

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      L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Brian! I got so tired of scavenging the interwebs for usable photos..and started photographing everything I make. lol. My husband laughs.

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      Brian Slater 6 years ago from England

      I don't have a slow cooker-but this looks really good-great pictures as well.

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Awesome! Glad to hear :) Slow cookers are the best. Seriously, the best.

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      CASE1WORKER 7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Looks good, we have a beef stew tonight - may try your recipe next week- we always have a stew on a Monday as I work from 9am to 6pm and am too tired to get anything else. I just bung it in the slow cooker (crock pot) and away it goes

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Ah yes! Minimax, and "Spotted Dick". lol. Did you know he received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University?

      Thank you for your very kind comment :) I have so many more recipes to create and share. Pleasure to meet your acquaintance.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      .....remember the tv show the Galloping Gourmet with Graham Kerr which used to show on Canadian TV - perhaps not - but you are our new Galloping Hubgourmet - lol lol - you have so many fabulous recipes and dishes here amongst your hubs it is like a vertiable feast for the mind and senses .....I will never have to go hungry again - and the just the fact of coming here into your hubkitchen - my hunger knows no bounds ......

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Yum! This Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe sounds divine. You describe and illustrate this very well. I love beef stew. Or any stew for that matter. I am not a good cook, but I would like to try this. I will get my partner to make it for us. Thank you. :)