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Slow Cooker Provencal Beef Stew Recipe

Updated on July 22, 2015

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 6 hours
  • Ready in: 6 hours 30 min
  • Yields: Serves 4

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This Recipe

There is nothing better than a nice fresh stew on a cold winters evening, and this beef provencal style stew is rich and flavourful. Made with simple whole foods and just a touch of red wine, it is also cheap to make and pretty healthy, which is great. Serve it with mashed potatoes and a chunk of thick bread or a crusty roll for the perfect homely evening meal that all the family will enjoy.

The original recipe for this dish was found in a slow cooker book by Catherine Atkinson (which you will find on the right). We kept it very close to the original recipe as it suited our tastes so this is more her recipe than ours. If you are into cooking with your slow cooker (crock-pot) I really advise you get Catherine Atkinson book as it is truly the best slow cooker book we have ever had, full of really tasty simple recipes that are filling and cheap, perfect in the current financial climate when everyone is needing to tighten the purse strings a little.

The Finished Dish

Provencal Beef Stew made in the Crockpot
Provencal Beef Stew made in the Crockpot | Source

What you will need:

  • 115g Thick Cut Smoked Bacon, Diced
  • 900g Stewing Steak or Other Cut of Beef, Cubed
  • 1 Large White Onion, Finely Sliced
  • 1 Small White Onion, Peeled and Studded with a few Cloves
  • 2 Large Carrots, Sliced
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, Peeled, Seeded and Chopped
  • 3tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2tsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 cloves/1tsp Garlic/Lazy Garlic, Finely Chopped if using Cloves
  • 250ml Fruity Red Wine
  • 150ml Beef Stock
  • 1 Bouquet Garni
  • 1/2 Unwaxed Orange, Juiced and zest grated off
  • 1tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

How to make Provencal Beef Stew

  1. First put the slow cooker on high to heat. Then heat 1tbsp oil in a frying pan and add the chopped bacon, cook until starting to brown all over. Using a slated spoon move the bacon into the slow cooker.
  2. Using the remaining oil in the frying pan, slowly cook the beef cubes in small batches until browned all over, transferring to the slow cooker using a slated spoon as you are going - add more oil if needed.
  3. Once all the meat is browned and in the slow cooker add the red wine, bouquet garni and the cloved onion.
  4. Add the remaining oil to the frying pan and add the onions, cook for around 5 minutes, then add the carrots and heat for another 5 minutes, until everything is starting to soften.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and garlic to the frying pan, stir the mixture together and heat for a further few minutes, then transfer it all to the slow cooker.
  6. Place the lid on the slow cooker and allow to cook on high for 5-7 hours. Once ready to serve, skim off any excess fat, remove the bouquet garni and clove studden onion and stir in the orange zest and juice and parsley.
  7. Then simply serve with mashed potato and a crusty roll and enjoy!

Step by Step images

The original recipe for Provencal Beef Stew
The original recipe for Provencal Beef Stew | Source
Provencal Beef Stew, first steps, adding beef to the pot
Provencal Beef Stew, first steps, adding beef to the pot | Source
Frying the onions in the beef juices ready to go in the pot for the beef stew
Frying the onions in the beef juices ready to go in the pot for the beef stew | Source
Adding the carrots to the frying onions
Adding the carrots to the frying onions | Source
Adding the veggie's and ingredients to the frying pan
Adding the veggie's and ingredients to the frying pan | Source
Provencal Beef Stew all ready to cook in the pot
Provencal Beef Stew all ready to cook in the pot | Source
Provencal Beef Stew with Creamy Mash
Provencal Beef Stew with Creamy Mash | Source

The Facts and Figures

Nutrition Facts
Calories 547
Calories from Fat243
% Daily Value *
Fat 27 g42%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 7 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 55 g110%
Cholesterol 170 mg57%
Sodium 682 mg28%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Try one of these alternatives

Here are a few alternative idea to make this dish even tastier

1. This dish would also taste great with lamb or even chicken cubes

2. If you want it veggie, replace the bacon and beef with some extra veggies - try leeks, mushrooms, celery, or even add some pearl barley to bulk it out

3. Try serving over rice instead of potatoes for something different, or just have on it's own for a lighter lunch time meal

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      Pamela Lipscomb 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Recipe, looks really good, and easy to do. I bought a slow cooker two years ago and never used it. Now is my opportunity to try it!

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      Chantele and Julie 4 years ago from Wales

      @Ceres Schwarz thank you for the kind comments. Please let me know if you try it out. It is really tasty!

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This Provencal beef stew recipe looks really good and yummy as can be seen in the images. The step-by-step photos and instructions really help to show how to make this recipe.

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      Chantele and Julie 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi RTalloni I hope you like it, we all really enjoyed it!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Your ingredients list and photos have put this on my to-do list. Thanks!