Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Slow cooker beef stew is hearty, warm, and the ultimate comfort food. Beef, potatoes, and veggies are slow cooked in a savory beef broth to make a mouthwatering meal.

Bowl of beef stew with a spoon.


The Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Slow cooker beef stew is one of our go-to meals when the temperature gets low outside. There is something so comforting about cozying up with a big bowl of this hearty stew.

Try serving this stew with a piece of cornbread, garlic bread, or even a warm biscuit for a complete meal.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew in a bowl


This slow cooker beef stew recipe needs just a few simple ingredients.

  • Stew meat – I typically grab a pack of packaged cubed beef stew meat. You can also buy beef chuck roast and cut it into small pieces.
  • Flour – All purpose flour is used.
  • Butter – Unsalted butter is needed for this recipe.
  • Potatoes – I like using small golden potatoes. You can also cut russet potatoes into chunks or small red potatoes.
  • Celery – Cut into small pieces.
  • Carrots – Peel and cut carrots into smaller chunks.
  • Mushrooms – You can use white or cremini mushrooms.
  • Onions – Sliced white or sweet onions work well.
  • Beef broth – Add richness and flavor to the stew.
  • Tomato paste – Tomato paste helps to thicken the broth and adds great flavor.
  • Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper – Seasoning used for the stew.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Adds depth of flavor to the stew.
Stew beef, potatoes, mushrooms, butter, broth, and flour.

How To Make the Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  1. Chop the vegetables and set aside.
  2. Mix the tomato paste and beef broth together.
  3. Next, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Dredge the beef in flour and then place half of the beef in the heated skillet.
  4. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until browned but not cooked through. Remove the beef and add the other half and brown on each side.
  5. Add the browned beef to the slow cooker. Add chopped vegetables, beef broth mixture, Italian seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Set the crockpot to low and cook for 7-8 hours.
Ingredients for slow cooker beef stew
Beef dredged in flour in a pan with butter
Beef in slow cooker
Beef Stew in Slow Cooker

Recipe tips

  • I like using the small golden potatoes for this recipe. You can rinse them off and cut them in half. Feel free to use other potatoes, just be sure to keep them in about 1-inch chunks.
  • If you are in a hurry, chop your vegetables the night before. I also like buying pre-cut stew meat to save time.
  • Don’t skip out on the browning of the meat. This adds so much flavor to the stew.
2 bowls of slow cooker beef stew and a napkin

How to store

Yes, beef stew can be frozen. Prepare the recipe as written. Once it has cooked, let it completely cool. Transfer the stew to a freezer container.

When you are ready to eat, let the stew thaw in the refrigerator and then pour in a large pot to reheat on the stove.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe FAQ

Can you put raw beef in slow cooker?

Yes, raw beef can be placed in the slow cooker. This recipes calls for browning the meat first to add flavor but you can add the meat totally raw.

What is the secret to good stew?

A good stew takes time to develop flavors. I recommend cooking this beef stew on low for 8 hours to get the most tender, flavorful meat and vegetables.

Should stew be covered with liquid in slow cooker?

The beef and vegetables should be covered in liquid for a good stew.

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Bowl of beef stew with a spoon.
5 from 2 votes

Best Slow Cooker Beef Stew

By Heather
Slow cooker beef stew
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 2 lbs beef stew meat boneless chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lbs small golden potatoes, halved
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 8 oz mushrooms, halved
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning


  • Heat butter in a large pan. Season beef with salt and pepper and then dredge through flour. Add 1/2 beef to pan and brown on all sides. Remove and repeat with remaining beef.
  • Stir together tomato paste and beef broth. 
  • Add the browned beef to slow cooker. Add chopped vegetables, beef broth and tomato paste, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Set to slow cooker for 6-8 hours and serve


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1197mg | Potassium: 1270mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5575IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 5.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Im only making this for two if I cut the recipe in half, will the time for it to be cooked only be 3 hours on low?

    1. It’s a spice blend you can find in usually in the spice aisle at the grocery store. You could substitute with some dried basil and oregano if you don’t have the blend. Hope you enjoy!

  2. In the process of making this and I see “Italian seasoning “. No mention of it in ingredients or how much. Please clarify.