Making beef stew doesn’t get any easier than this with no prior cooking or sauteing. Just add everything to the slow cooker and cook. The result is fork-tender meat with hearty and wholesome veggies in a thick gravy.

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Beef Stew Recipe with Vegetables in a Slow Cooker

About this stew

This is a perfect dish when you need something with as little prep time as possible. It literally is adding all the ingredients in a slow cooker and set it to cook. I like to leave it on low heat overnight. And yet, you can certainly cook it on high for 4 hours to speed it up.

The list of ingredients looks like a lot, but they are easy to find, and many are simple pantry staples that are probably already in your kitchen.

This recipe has three components.

  • Add dry ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Add liquid ingredients to the slow cooker.
    Combine the liquid ingredients in a bowl first – we do this to ensure they are all well combined.
  • After slow cooking – add the thickener.
    We don’t add this at the beginning of the recipe because the cornstarch can settle at the bottom of the slow cooker. This will prevent even heating and possibly ruin the slow cooker.
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Beef Stew Recipe with Vegetables in a Slow Cooker

Ingredients and substitutes

  • Beef – I like to use a good chuck roast or chuck shoulder for my stew. But, you can easily find inexpensive cuts in the supermarket just for stew. Just ask your butcher.
  • Carrots – Since we are going to cook this for a long time, it’s best to keep the carrots large. That way, they won’t disappear in the sauce.
  • Potatoes – Use baking potatoes as these can endure the long slow cooking and still hold their shape. I like potatoes in stews because they soak up all the extra gravy and become so delicious.
  • Herbs – I’m using classic thyme and rosemary, but a pinch of oregano works as well.
  • Onions – If possible, use red Spanish onions. They cook down easily and taste sweeter. I like to saute my onions in a little oil because my kids don’t like onions in the sauce. A little saute means the onions are still there but disappear in the sauce.
  • Ginger and garlic – A little goes a long way, and they really do make a huge difference. Ginger is very underused in our cooking but does wonderful things to meat.
  • Red wine – You can certainly omit the red wine, and yet I think it adds a punch of flavor and color.
  • Tomato paste – I highly recommend using less of it, so it adds a subtle flavor and color. Unless you want a tomato-based stew, 1 tbsp is plenty.
  • Broth – Chicken, beef, or veggies, whichever you have on hand works just fine. The beef broth will give you a stronger beefy flavor.
  • Mustard – Is always a great flavor booster for beef or lamb. You can omit if you don’t care much for it.
A bowl with slow cooked beef stew
Beef Stew Recipe with Vegetables in a Slow Cooker

Step by step instructions

  • Add carrots, potatoes, beef, onion, garlic, ginger, herbs, and spices into the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup – combine broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, tomato paste, and mustard.
  • Then, pour the liquid ingredients over the slow cooker ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low-heat for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a bowl. Then, add it to the slow cooker.
  • Continue to cook on high for another hour.
  • Serve over steamed rice, couscous, or cauliflower rice.
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Beef Stew Recipe with Vegetables in a Slow Cooker

Frequently asked questions

How long with this beef stew keep?

This slow-cooked stew will keep in the fridge for 5 to 6 days. It can also be frozen for up to a month.

Can I use other meat instead of beef for this slow cooker beef stew?

Yes, actually, lamb and pork would work just as well instead of beef for this slow cooker recipe. You can try my slow-cooker lamb recipe, slow-cooked apricot cranberry chicken

What do you serve with beef stew?

Today, I have served it with steamed rice. But my kids love to enjoy it with mashed potato or some crusty rustic walnut-raisin bread. When I’m in a low-carb mood, I usually serve it with cauliflower rice.

What do you serve along with beef stew?

This can be a complete meal with meat, veggies over steamed rice. And yet, you can also serve more veggies on the side such as garlic sesame asparagusparmesan asparagussesame green beanslemon rosemary potatoesroasted dill potatoes, crispy parmesan potatoes.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Veggies

Veena Azmanov
Making beef stew doesn’t get any easier than this with no prior cooking or sauteing. Just add everything to the slow cooker and cook. The result is fork-tender meat with hearty and wholesome veggies in a thick gravy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 388 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow cooker
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen knife

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Beef (1 kg) 2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups Carrots chopped
  • 2 cups Baking potatoes 2 large
  • ½ cup Onions diced
  • ½ inch Ginger sliced
  • 1 large Garlic sliced
  • 1 tsp Thyme dried
  • 2 sprig Rosemary
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Paprika

Liquids

  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Red wine optional
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Thickener

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions
 

  • Add carrots, potatoes, beef, onion, garlic, ginger, herbs, and spices into the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup – combine broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, tomato paste, and mustard.
  • Then, pour the liquid ingredients over the slow cooker ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low-heat for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a bowl. Then, add it to the slow cooker.
  • Continue to cook on high for another hour.
  • Serve over steamed rice, couscous, or cauliflower rice.
Keyword beef, Slow cooked beef, slow cooker, Slow Cooker Beef, slow cooking

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