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.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, November 2017


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Recipe Summary

40 mins
4 hrs 40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place beef in a large bowl and season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add flour and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour back into the bowl and reserve.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Whisk broth, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper into the flour left in the bowl. Pour over the stew ingredients and stir well.

  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 7 1/2 hours. Serve the stew sprinkled with parsley, if desired.


Equipment: 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

590 calories; protein 64g; carbohydrates 31.8g; dietary fiber 4.6g; sugars 7.5g; fat 20.3g; saturated fat 5.9g; cholesterol 176.9mg; vitamin a iu 9813.7IU; vitamin c 16.8mg; folate 75.9mcg; calcium 75.6mg; iron 7.2mg; magnesium 81mg; potassium 1362.9mg; sodium 623.8mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

Reviews (4)

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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
i made it exactly as the recipe said. It was easy and outstanding. Served a party of 8 with it. I will make it many more times. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Added parsnips & more broth to the recipe. Next time I'll add baby peas towards the end. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Exactly the kind of comfort food I need in my life. It also made my kitchen smell heavenly! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My teenager loved this recipe! I added rosemary and garlic, and the leftovers were just as good the next day!! Very easy to put together at lunchtime for those working from home. Read More