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easy slow cooker beef stew

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This easy slow cooker beef stew is the ultimate cozy recipe: it’s super satisfying, full of flavor, and loaded with hearty beef and vegetables. This is a simple, ‘set it and forget it’ recipe where your slow cooker does all the cooking.



  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat or chuck roast, cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 carrots, sliced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 5 small gold potatoes, unpeeled & diced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Toss the beef & flour: Combine the flour, salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, toss the meat in the flour mixture until coated.
  2. Brown the beef: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and brown on all sides, cooking for about 7 – 10 minutes. The beef chunks should cook in one layer (do this step in 2 batches if your skillet is not large enough for all of the beef). Once browned, set aside. 
  3. Saute the onion & garlic: Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the onion. Saute for 3 – 4 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. 
  4. Add everything to the slow cooker: Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. (Recommended size: 6 quarts). Add extra broth if needed, the broth should almost completely cover your ingredients. Stir. 
  5. Cook: Cover and cook on low for 8 – 9 hours or on high for 5 – 6 hours, until the vegetables are tender. Discard the bay leaf. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: slow cooker, crockpot, beef, stew