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Crock Pot Beef Stew

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

Crock Pot Beef Stew

With fall just around the corner (can you believe it?!), now is the perfect time to introduce you to this awesome Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe!

In addition to being totally delicious, most of the cooking takes place in a crock pot, which can only mean one thing: it’s easy to make!

Crock Pot Beef Stew is a cozy, hearty meal to enjoy once the weather gets cool. It’s filled with potatoes, peas, carrots, and celery, plus a ton of warm and savory spices like thyme, allspice, and bay leaf.

JUST TAKE ME TO THE BEEF STEW RECIPE ALREADY!

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy Best Ever CROCK POT BEEF STEW Recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

How To Make Crock Pot Beef Stew

This recipe even calls for merlot, so it’s definitely a meal that’s made for comfort! (Although the alcohol cooks off, no one will stop you from pouring yourself a glass with dinner!)

And if you want to avoid the wine altogether, just substitute it for beef broth 🙂 Or you can use a Stout Beer if you’d prefer!

How long does beef stew take to cook in a crock pot?

This recipe takes about 4 to 5 hours on HIGH and 6 to 8 hours on LOW to cook in the slow cooker, but don’t cook for more than 10 hours.

Do you have to brown stew meat before putting it in the crock pot?

You don’t have to, but browning the meat is the thing that makes this Crock Pot Beef Stew especially tasty.

Before cooking, the beef is coated with flour, salt, and pepper, this makes the signature ingredient extra tender once it’s in the stew.

Then you’ll use the same pan to cook down the onions and garlic until they’re translucent. And after sautéing, the pan is deglazed with merlot and added to the crock pot for more flavor.

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

What Ingredients Are In Beef Stew?

Each Beef Stew Recipe is a little different, personally, I’m a little biased and think this one is the best 😉 Probably because I add an extra ingredient to it that you won’t find in most others.

BUTTER!

Yep, a few tablespoons of salted butter added near the end of cooking brings this stew from common to crazy delicious with an extra dose of richness!

The ingredients in this Crock Pot Beef Stew recipe include:

  • Stew Meat
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour
  • Vegetable or Olive OIl
  • White Onion
  • Garlic
  • Merlot
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Allspice
  • Dried Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Beef Broth
  • Peas
  • Salted Butter

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

How do you make Homemade Crock Pot Beef Stew?

Even though there are a lot of ingredients and a bit of stovetop time, this recipe is actually quite easy to make!

  1. begin by trimming any fatty pieces off of your stew meat and ensure that each piece is approximately a 1-inch cube. You could also use a piece of chuck roast instead of stew meat and cut it into 1-inch cubes as well.

  2. Next, toss the cubed meat with the salt, pepper, and flour in a large bowl until coated.

  3. Then, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large deep skillet, once heated, add the meat and brown it over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes on each side to give it a good sear and lock in flavor. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook the meat in two batches. Use this time to prep your vegetables.

  4. Transfer the meat to a 6-quart crock pot and return the pan to heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add in the chopped onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until translucent. Add in the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the wine to deglaze the pan and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to the crock pot.

  5. Finally, everything (EXCEPT the peas and butter — those are added in the last 30 minutes of cook time) gets combined in the crockpot. As the ingredients simmer, all the flavors meld together to create a thick, wholesome, and delicious stew. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until meat is fall-apart tender. Add the peas and butter to the stew with about 30 minutes of cook time remaining. Stir the stew every couple of hours, if possible. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Enjoy right away, store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze right away (see next paragraph).

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

How Do You Freeze Beef Stew?

Freezing beef stew is super easy and it allows you to prep meals well in advance which is especially helpful on those days where you want something cozy and delicious but don’t feel like cooking.

  • Let the beef stew cool down a bit before freezing.
  • Write the Recipe Name and Date Made on 4 heavy-duty quart-sized freezer bags.
  • Fill the bags with the stew and remove any excess air. I find that using a Baggy Rack makes this process a lot easier! Lay the bags flat in the freezer, once frozen, you can stack them as desired.
  • Frozen stew is best enjoyed within 4 months, but is safe to eat indefinitely if stored at 0 degrees F.
  • To thaw stew, you can either transfer to the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight OR you can run the bag under hot water to loosen it from the sides of the bag and then transfer it to a saucepan to reheat.

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

The other thing I love about slow cooked meals is how their aroma fills your house! When this Beef Stew Recipe is simmering, it definitely smells like some good home-cookin’!

With a little preparation, Slow Cooker Beef Stew is an easy weeknight meal to enjoy with the family, especially in the midst of everyone’s crazy fall schedules. Stews also make great leftovers too — just re-heat and enjoy.

As the weather gets cooler, you’ll start craving warmer meals. This Crock Pot Beef Stew is comforting, wholesome, and simple enough to make all season long.

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Crock Pot Beef Stew
Prep Time
20mins
Cook Time
8hrs10mins
Total Time
8hrs30mins

Crock Pot Beef Stew is filled with tender chunks of beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, celery, and savory spices, it’s a wholesome family favorite that’ll keep everyone warm as the weather gets cooler!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew, crock pot beef stew
Servings: 8people
Calories: 434kcal
Author: Rebecca Hubbell
Ingredients
  • 2lbsstew meat,diced
  • 1teaspoonkosher salt
  • 1/2teaspoonground black pepper
  • 1/4cupall-purpose flour
  • 3tablespoonsvegetable or olive oil
  • 1large white onion,chopped
  • 2garlic cloves,minced
  • 1/2cupMerlot wine*
  • 3Russet potatoes, diced
  • 3celery stalks,diced
  • 3large carrots,*peeled and chopped
  • 1tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2teaspoonallspice
  • 1teaspoondried thyme
  • 1bay leaf
  • 4cupsbeef broth
  • 1 1/2 cupsfrozen peas
  • 3tablespoonssalted butter
Instructions
  1. Trim any fatty pieces off of your stew meat and ensure that each piece is approximately a 1-inch cube. You could also use a piece of chuck roast instead of stew meat and cut it into 1-inch cubes as well.

  2. In a large bowl, toss the cubed meat with the salt, pepper, and flour until coated.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large deep skillet, once heated, add the meat and brown it over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes on each side to give it a good sear and lock in flavor. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook the meat in two batches. Use this time to prep your vegetables.

  4. Transfer the meat to a 6-quart crock pot and return the pan to heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add in the chopped onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until translucent. Add in the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the wine to deglaze the pan and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to the crock pot.

  5. Add all of the remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the peas and butter to the crock pot and stir to mix. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until meat is fall-apart tender. Add the peas and butter to the stew with about 30 minutes of cook time remaining. Stir the stew every couple of hours, if possible. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Enjoy right away, store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze right away (see notes).

Recipe Notes
  • You can use 1 cup of chopped baby carrots instead or large carrots.
  • You can substitute the Merlot wine for a stout beer or additional beef stock.
  • If you don’t want to sear your meat, you can add all of the ingredients directly into the crock pot.
  • To freeze the Beef Stew:
    • Write the Recipe Name and Date Made on 4 heavy-duty quart-sized freezer bags.
    • Fill the bags with the stew and remove any excess air. Lay the bags flat in the freezer, once frozen, you can stack them as desired.
    • Frozen stew is best enjoyed within 4 months, but is safe to eat indefinitely if stored at 0 degrees F.
    • To thaw stew, you can either transfer to the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight OR you can run the bag under hot water to loosen it from the sides of the bag and then transfer it to a saucepan to reheat.
Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 871mg36%
Potassium 883mg25%
Total Carbohydrates 26g9%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A84.6%
Vitamin C22.8%
Calcium5.5%
Iron26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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