Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This is a slow cooker beef stew recipe. It’s easy to make and you can adjust the ingredients to your liking.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a dish that can be made in the oven or on the stove. It includes red wine, tomatoes, carrots, onions, beef broth and potatoes.

This hearty slow cooker beef stew is likely to become a family favorite since it’s so simple to make and so flavorful. In one pot, you can make a whole dinner. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew cooked in a CrockPot

This kind of dinner is ideal for busy families; just prepare the ingredients, then place them in the slow cooker to absorb all of the flavors. 

One of the benefits of using a slow cooker is that it enables you to cook inexpensive pieces of meat. The long and slow technique of cooking helps the harder cuts of meat to become soft. 

Bowl of one pot beef stew with vegetables

The slow cooker’s wet heat softens the connective tissue between muscle fibers, enabling the meat to become tender and fall apart. With the temperature set low, the meat is less prone to dry up due to the extended cooking period. 

Casserole dish full of Slow Cooker Beef Stew

We like these all-in-one recipes; the most difficult part is preparing your ingredients, but that’s no issue at all, particularly when you know that 15 minutes of prep today will guarantee supper on the table tonight. 

Ingredients for Beef Stew

It’s up for debate whether you should brown meat before using it in the slow cooker. You certainly don’t have to, but I like to do so in certain instances since browning meat imparts a wonderful flavor to the finished dish.

How to make Slow Cooker Beef Stew

It just takes a few minutes to sear the beef, so if you have the time, do it! Caramelizing the meat adds a wonderful flavor to the gravy! 

Pouring liquid ingredients for slow cooker beef stew

I added additional veggies to make it a complete dinner, and the carrot, potato, and mushroom add to the flavor. You may use any veggies you like. If you don’t want to use the potato, put this over a bed of mashed potatoes instead. 

Cornflour Slurry and Peas to thicken stew

The ingredients for this one are pantry staples that I prefer to have on hand since they are the foundation of so many slow cooker dinners.

Chicken, beef, or vegetable stock/broth

Garlic & Onion


Salt, pepper, and herbs

Paste made from tomatoes

Bowls of Slow Cooker Beef Stew with veges

You’ll be amazed at how many dishes you can make with only those few ingredients. They provide such a wonderful depth of flavor, and you may adjust the amounts to suit your preferences.

In the following recipes, you can see how I’ve utilized them.

Beef Stroganoff in the Slow Cooker

Devilled Sausages in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Meal

This one has a wonderful aroma as it cooks throughout the day. Chuck or blade steak, stewing steak, and rump are some of the meat cuts that may be used. Any of the very muscly pieces of beef create a wonderful stew, and they’re also the cheapest, so it’s a win-win!

This is a slow cooker dish that I like to cook for 7-8 hours on low, but if you have an instant pot or multi cooker, you can have it done in as little as 35 minutes! The techniques for all of this are listed below. 

Family Slow Cooker Meal Idea

I finish mine with a slurry of cornflour and water, which thickens the sauce and gives it a gravy-like look. At this point, you may add some peas or beans for more flavor and color.

Serve this meal with crusty bread, cauliflower mash, or just by itself. Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker is sure to become a family favorite. 


Let’s go to the recipe.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

6–8 pound yield

Time to Prepare: 20 minutes

Time to prepare: 8 hours

15 minutes of extra time

Time total: 8 hours and 35 minutes

Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a delicious, substantial supper dish that can be made in one pot.


  • Stewing Steak, 900 grams, chuck, rump, blade, etc., cut into 2cm pieces, fat removed
  • 2 tblsp. olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 coarsely diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • 4 peeled carrots, sliced into 2cm pieces
  • 4 medium peeled potatoes, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 250 grams cleaned Button Mushrooms, sliced into half
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tblsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Tomato Paste (four tablespoons)
  • 625ml beef stock or broth (2 1/2 cups)

To Serve

  • 2 tbsp. cornflour
  • 150 grams (1 cup) frozen peas
  • Parsley


  1. Set aside all of the veggies and meat that have been prepared.
  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  3. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and brown the meat in batches over high heat until it is browned and caramelized. Remove the pan from the heat and put it aside.
  4. Add the seared beef, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms to a 6-litre slow cooker.
  5. Add the rosemary, thyme, paprika, Worcester sauce, tomato paste, and beef stock after that.
  6. Stir well, then cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours (or 30 minutes in an Instant Pot using the meat/stew option, see comments below).
  7. Remove half a cup of the liquid after the beef is fall-apart tender and the veggies are cooked through, then add 2 tablespoons cornflour or flour and stir thoroughly. This thickens the gravy; however, you may skip this step if you want.
  8. Return the cornflour mixture to the slow cooker and whisk everything together.
  9. 15 minutes after adding the peas, toss them into the mixture.
  10. Before serving, turn off the slow cooker and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve in parsley-strewn bowls with crusty bread on the side.
  12. Enjoy!


Is it possible to prepare this in an Instant Pot or a Multi Cooker?

Yes, this dish is excellent and easy to make in a multi cooker; in fact, you may sear the beef in the instant pot as the first step. Cook for 30 minutes on pressure cook for totally fall apart meat and veggies. Allow the steam to escape freely before adding the peas and cornflour and stirring well. Allow for a 10-minute rest before serving.

Is it possible to freeze this recipe?

This recipe keeps nicely in the freezer. Because it produces many parts, just allow it to cool before freezing in portion sizes. If you intend to freeze the whole stew, do not thicken it with cornflour until after it has been thawed and reheated, otherwise it may separate.

Is it possible to leave out or add ingredients?

Yes! Definitely. The basic components provide depth of flavor, but if you like herbs, use them; if you want to add more or less veggies, go ahead!

How simple is that? This is a delicious, flavorful, substantial family dinner. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on this one.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a recipe that is perfect for the winter. The beef stew is made in a slow cooker, which makes it easy to prepare. It also includes dumplings, making it an even more comforting meal. Reference: slow cooker beef stew and dumplings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put raw beef in slow cooker?

Yes, you can put raw beef in a slow cooker.

Why do you put tomato paste in beef stew?

I dont know.

Can you overcook beef stew in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can overcook beef stew in a slow cooker.

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Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.