Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Stew: Easy One Pot Meal

By La Cuisinière | All Recipes

Nov 16

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Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Stew – This is just one of the many versions of a crock pot beef stew we prepare during the winter months.

There are many version of beef stew and it would take months to prepare them all.  Every cook has a family version of beef stew.

Along with Cassoulet and Onion Soup, it is without a doubt the #1 comfort food in our house.

This Beef Stew Recipe Combines Our Two Favorites

Prepared in any slow cooker or crockpot, it is the easiest recipe to prepare ahead of time.

Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Stew - This is just one of the many versions of a crock pot beef stew we prepare during the winter months.

After all, cooking is the last thing you want to be preoccupied with as family members come “home” for the holidays.

You may even have to pick them up at the airport or the train station as they arrive at all hours of the day!

Knowing that dinner is ready to eat gives the hostess plenty of time to catch up on happenings since family members last gathered under one roof on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Not only is the crock pot beef stew a meal in itself, but it is also hearty and flavorful.

In fact, you can change nearly all the ingredients to make numerous variations on the basic meat stew.

Our best beef stew actually includes pork!

Just to give the stock a bit of body and richness.

Angus beef stew meat is very lean. The fat in the pork adds a little more flavor to the broth.

So gather all those family members around the kitchen or dining room table.  Enjoy a bowl of crock pot beef stew.

This stew tastes best prepared a day ahead so the flavors have time to blend.

Beef Stew Prep Time!

When crock pot has finished its “timed” cooking period, it remains hot and bubbly for several more hours.  This is perfect to cook the vegetables.

  • The carrots go in first as they will be completely submerged in the broth and cook more evenly.
  • The potatoes are layered over the carrots so that they are not completely submerged – they still cook evenly and keep their shape
  • Layer the mushrooms over the potatoes as they require the least amount of time and will add liquid to the broth.

If you decide to “re-heat”, set to Low for about 1 hour. Stir all stew ingredients just prior to servings.


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Author: La Cuisinière
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Home Style


This slow cooker beef stew is a variation on the basic beef stew!  I add chunks of pork to flavor cuts of lean beef.  Plenty of veggies and gravy.



  • 20 oz. combined of chopped celery and onions; 2 medium onions and 4 celery stalks or to taste
  • 1 lb bag of carrots, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into even pieces
  • 1 (8 oz) pack of sliced Baby Portobello Mushrooms
  • Spices: rosemary, thyme, sage and fresh parsley (for garnish)
  • Lipton® onion soup mix – 2 envelopes = 1 box
  • 4 1/2 pounds stew meat (3/4 beef to 1/4 pork) – Pork can be any boneless end chops
  • 26 oz container of Swanson® beef broth – 33% less sodium


  1. You will need a 6-quart crock pot
  2. HIGH for 4 hours
  3. About 2 hours before serving time, set crockpot to HIGH for 1 hour. Allow the crock pot to sit (still plugged in) for 2-3 hours, after the timer has sounded.
  4. Step 1 >

  5. Spread the chopped celery and onions in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Add the boneless pork end chops – Top with stew beef.
  7. Sprinkle meat evenly with both envelopes of the dry soup mix. Carefully pour the beef broth around the edges of the meat so as to keep the dry onion soup mix above the meat.
  8. One 26 ounce beef broth container should nearly cover the meat but not submerge it.
  9. Cook on high for 4 or more hours until the meat is tender and becomes submerged in the broth.
  10. At this point in the recipe, you can opt to stop to finish the following day.
  11. Step 2 >

  12. Add the carrots spreading them evenly over the meat mixture, then layer the potato pieces on top of the carrots. Last, add the sliced mushrooms. Cook another hour or until carrots and potatoes are tender.
  13. The crock pot will be quite full when the cooking time is completed. Stir meat and vegetables carefully prior to serving. Garnish with chopped parsley. You can thicken the broth (see notes) but our preference is for a more liquid broth. Add a huge green salad and slices of warm, crusty baguette.
  14. NOTES: Want to change it up into a more traditional Beouf Bourguignon stew? Substitute red wine for half of the beef broth.
  15. You can also thicken the stew. At the end of Step 1, transfer about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of beef broth to a 2 cup measuring cup. Allow it to cool and stir in 1 tablespoon of corn starch or 2 tablespoons of flour.
  16. Cornstarch is better as it does not impart a floury taste to the juices. Stir until smooth and well blended. About 30 minutes before the end of Step 2, add the liquid to the crockpot. Stir gently to distribute evenly.

Keywords: beef and pork slow cooker beef stew

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Your crock pot or slow cooker beef stew is ready to eat!

The only thing left to do is toss the green salad of your choice and slice the bread at the last minute.

Happy Holidays and Bon Appétit!

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