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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

  • 40 m
  • 4 h 40 m
Carolyn Casner
“Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that's prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you'll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth—this could be the best and easiest beef stew you've ever made.”


    • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces
    • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1 teaspoon ground pepper, divided
    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
    • 1½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1½ -inch pieces
    • 1 pound carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths
    • ¾ cup red wine
    • 1½ cups low-sodium beef broth
    • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 small bay leaf
    • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • 1 Place beef in a large bowl and season with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add flour and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour back into the bowl and reserve.
  • 2 Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about a third of the beef to the pan. Cook until brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and cook the remaining beef in 2 more batches, adjusting the heat as needed. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • 3 Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook on medium heat, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the onion to the slow cooker along with potatoes and carrots. Add wine to the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Pour into the slow cooker.
  • 4 Whisk broth, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf and the remaining ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper into the flour left in the bowl. Pour over the stew ingredients and stir well.
  • 5 Cover the slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 7½ hours. Serve the stew sprinkled with parsley, if desired.
  • Equipment: 6-quart slow cooker
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