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Recipe: Slow cooker beef stew

Posted January 24, 2013

As a young child, my mom made everything we ate from scratch. Bread, sauces, soups, salad dressing. You name it. She made it all.

Growing up on a farm in Indiana, it was what she knew. And, with my dad in graduate school, it was likely just about all they could afford.

But Mom also was mindful of the kind of food she fed her growing family. I remember her checking labels or commenting on a product's ingredients. Of course, when my sister came along and my mom opened a home daycare, she started buying loaves of bread and a few other convenience items. Most of our meals, however, were still homemade.

That's what I know. And that's how I'm trying to raise my kids now. I use more convenience items than my mom ever did. But, for the most part, when I'm making dinner for my family, I try to use the simplest ingredients.

And this recipe for slow cooker beef stew, which I found on, is a great reminder that it really doesn't take much to create a flavorful meal. No cans of soup, spice packets, frozen mixes or other items are needed here. It's just basic ingredients.

This stew makes for a delicious, hearty meal, perfect for these cold winter days. I love that all you really have to do here is chop, dump and turn on the pot. I chop and measure everything the night before so the morning only requires the dumping and turning on bit.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew from
Serves 6

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes, diced (I recommend the creamy Yukon Gold variety)
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped


Put the meat in a slow cooker. Mix together the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat the meat with the flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Cover and cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on high setting for 4 to 6 hours. Toward the end, with about 15 or 20 minutes to go, I like to add in about a cup of peas for a little extra color.

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  • shall6 Jan 28, 2013

    It looks better in person. And the meat is cooked - 10 hours in the crock pot. It breaks apart on contact with a spoon.

    What can I tell you ... I'm not a food photographer.


  • ctya Jan 28, 2013

    When I cook Stew Beef in the crock pot it never looks like this, it is great try it before you knock it.

  • Killian Jan 27, 2013

    I have to agree with keepright. The recipe seems ok on the surface, but the photo is incredibly unappetizing. The meat looks raw.

  • msncdso Jan 26, 2013

    Don't knock it until you try it. This is also great tasting cooked in a pressure pot, just brown the flour coated beef in a small amount of oil and cook according to your pressure pot's directions. Have your veggies ready and allow the pressure to lower, add veggies and finish under pressure. DO NOT add more liquid.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Jan 26, 2013

    Eek! That is a horrible pic. The meat looks raw!

  • TwoWheels Jan 25, 2013

    Try this extra step to add to the flavor... after you coat the meat in the flour/salt/pepper mixture - sear it in a hot pan containing about 2 tablespoons of oil.. after you transfer the seared beef to the crock pot, add about 1/2 cup of the beef broth to the pan - use your spoon, etc to scrape up the bits from the pan - then transfer the beef broth and pan bits to the crock pot.

  • mlslawter75 Jan 25, 2013

    Looks and sounds great!!! One to definitely try out...thanks Sarah!

  • piknowles2 Jan 25, 2013

    The picture looks like dogfood.