Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips


The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe—cinnamon, allspice and cloves—may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 3-3 1/2 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, preferably San Marzano

  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • Chopped fresh basil for garnish


  1. Combine salt, cinnamon, allspice, pepper and cloves in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over beef.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  3. Add onion and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine and tomatoes (with their juice); bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits and breaking up the tomatoes. Add the mixture to the slow cooker along with carrots and turnips.

  4. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

  5. Remove the beef from the slow cooker and slice. Serve the beef with the sauce and vegetables, garnished with basil, if desired.


Active: 40 minutes Slow-cooker time: 4-8 hours

To make ahead: Refrigerate the browned beef (Steps 1-2) and tomato mixture (Step 3) separately for up to 1 day. Bring the tomato mixture to a boil before adding to the slow cooker.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3 oz. beef & 1 cup vegetables each
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 35g 69%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Vitamin A 6777IU 136%
Vitamin C 17mg 19%
Folate 26mcg 7%
Sodium 538mg 23%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 36mg 9%
Potassium 698mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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